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|Contract with DHB||Yes|
|Updated: 20 Aug 2014|
|Approximate number of beds at this level of care||18|
|We have a lovely room available in our hospital.|
|Additional Room Costs||Some Rooms|
|Updated: 27 Apr 2018|
|Type||Hours Per Week||Status||Details|
|Registered Nurse||Yes||There is a Registered Nurse on site 24 hours a day seven days a week. Should you require any information regarding your loved one the nurse on duty is the person to see.|
|Physiotherapist||Yes||Our physiotherapist works with us each fortnight. She assesses each resident's needs and develops a safe handling plan for each resident. She also trains the staff to transfer residents safely.|
|Occupational Therapist||Yes||By arrangement|
|Diversional Therapist||Yes||Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningful activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulation and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.|
|Hairdresser||Yes||Visits weekly and more frequently when required.|
|Podiatrist||Yes||We have a poditarist who comes on a regular basis to attend to the needs of the residents.|
|Dietitian||Yes||Our dietitian comes to Aberleigh monthly to review nutritional requirements of the residents|
|Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor||Yes||Aberleigh is interdominational so we have people from several demoninations that visit. Should you require an individual visit this can be arranged.|
|Other Personnel||Yes||We have a person who facilitates a support group for family members of people who live at Aberleigh. Many people find talking with others very helpful. She is also available by phone for any family member who just need someone to talk with.|
|Updated: 8 Nov 2013|
|Specialities or Areas of Expertise||Status||Details|
|End of Life/Palliative Care||Yes||Our registered nurses have received training in caring for people as they experience the final stages of their life journey. Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life|
|Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management||Yes||As required|
|Surgical Followup||Yes||As required|
|Wound Care||No||Wound care specialist care is available on referral|
|Diabetic Care||No||Specialist care is available on referral|
|Continence Advisor||Yes||We have a continence advisor who calls on us regulary. She also runs in house training sessions for staff and is available to be contacted when we require her service.|
|Infection Control||Yes||We have a registered nurse who does special training in infection control and who has a role in infection control at Aberleigh. Specialist care input is available on referral|
|Stomal Therapist||No||Specialist care input is available on referral|
|Psychiatric Care||No||Specialist care input is available on referral|
|Stroke Rehabilitation||Yes||Specialist care input is available on referral|
|Specialised Dementia Care||Yes||All our staff are specially trained to work with residents who have dementia. They have great skill in working with people living with dementia.|
|Gerontological Care||No||All our staff are specially trainned to care for people as they get older. This is the work we have chosen to do.|
|Clinical Manager||Yes||Susan Villacorta is our Clinical Manager. She advises and mentors the registered nurse team. Susan also knows each resident and their requirements. Should you have any concerns or queries regarding the health of your loved one, please contact Susan.|
|Other Nursing Specialities||Yes||Simon Hamley is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and our Education Coordinator. He ensures staff compliance with their training, coordinates staff in-services and special training programs, and instructs Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA).|
|Updated: 22 Jan 2018|
|Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay||Status||Details|
|Respite||Yes||We have a dedicated respite care service which means that carers can book care in advance, knowing that their loved one has a booked room in a well established home which specialises in care of the elderly.|
|High Care Needs||Yes|
|Booking can be made in advance||Yes||This is dependant on a room being available. Please call our Operations Manager to discuss.|
|Updated: 20 Jun 2017|
|Under 65 yrs with Disability||Yes||We have a contract with the DHB for these services.|
|Day Care||Yes||We may be able to assist someone requiring day care. Please contact Maja Yu about this.|
|Whanau Room||Yes||We have a quiet space that can be used by family requiring a quiet and private space.|
|Rooms (Suit Couple)||No||This may be negotiable - Please speak to the Operations Manager.|
|May Bring Own Furniture||Yes||You are able to bring your own furniture subject to space and safety contraints. It can be very nice for a resident to have their own things about them - this reminds them of home.|
|Alcohol Permitted||Yes||Happy hour happens regularly|
|Negotiate To Bring Own Pet||Yes||Please speak to Maja about this|
|Phone Access In Own Room||Yes||Portable phone available for use. Private line at resident's cost.|
|Resident can adjust heating in own room||Yes|
|Residents Committee||Yes||A meeting is held regularly with residents. It is important that they have opportunity to give feedback and to talk about how they would like their home run.|
|Family Committee||Yes||We encourage family members to give feedback whenever possible. Ideas, complaints, improvement suggestions are welcomed.|
|Newsletter||Yes||We have a newsletter four times a year.|
|Policy for management of challenging behaviour||Yes||We work to minimise resident's symptoms of dementia in a creative and loving way. There is regular and ongoing staff training. We also have a qualified trainer for 'Non Violent Crisis Intervention'.|
|Confused Residents||Yes||Many of our residents in the 'Dementia' area are confused. These are the people we have chosen to care for. This is our work. We are very skilled in working with people who are confused. The rest home, is not occupied by people who have demetia.|
|Lounges/seating areas||Yes||We have 4 seperate lounges. Two open out to the gardens.|
|Outings||Yes||Various outings available weekly.|
|Rural Setting||Yes||Spacious garden setting.|
|Smoking Permitted||Yes||We have a designated smoking area out side|
|Semi-Secure||Yes||In the dementia home we are fully secure.|
|Updated: 21 Nov 2013|
|Aberleigh offers rest home and hospital care to those with dementia as well as rest home and hospital care for elderly who do not have dementia.
Each resident is loved and known. Each person is very precious. Our team is highly skilled in caring for the elderly. We love this work - it is hugely satisfying to enrich these peoples lives.
|Updated: 9 Dec 2013|
We have diversional therapists who are trained or training. They work with residents to help them to get to know each other, have fun, develop interests, exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds. Entertainers come into the home on a regular basis for the residents' enjoyment.
We have an activity programme which includes art, bingo, bowls, care and craft, weekly church services, cooking, craft, dancing, visits from entertainers, flower arranging, games, Happy Hour, housie, jigsaws, music, daily newspaper reading, quizzes and sing-a-longs.
Exercises include regular walks, quoits, "bobs" and balloon tennis. We also have a lovely, freshly landscaped garden with paths to walk and shaded areas to sit. We have a vege garden and residents are free to assist with these if they wish.
We have links with or can assist with contact with the following community groups: Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Blind Foundation, RSA and Senior Citizens Presbyterian Support.
At Aberleigh we also have on site or can provide access to aromatherapy, a BBQ, a range of big print books, board games, classical music, a piano, picnic facilities, a library, a van for outings and Lotto. Sky TV can be arranged at the individual resident's expense.
A volunteer from the community acts as an advocate for our residents should they have any problems or concerns.
Residents are able to have breakfast in bed at any time if they wish.
We also encourage visits from canine friends and children.
|Updated: 7 Aug 2017|
|Details re Meals||We do our own inhouse cooking. Our main meal is served in the evening and includes roasts twice a week. We will cater to individual preferences. Morning and afternoon tea consists of home baked goodies.|
|Staffing Details||We have a staff education programme and we actively encourage all our staff to further their qualifications. Our education coordinator supports and encourages staff development.|
|Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include||Please contact our Operations Manager in regards to fees|
|Updated: 8 Nov 2013|
|Denominations/Faiths represented||Yes||We care people from all faiths and denominations. We want people from all cultures, religions, faiths and denominations to feel comfortable. Family only need ask and we will endeavour to provide any spiritual care that is necessary.|
|Inter denominational||Yes||We have a weekly church service which is conducted on a rotating basis by each of the local churches. We also have a weekly bible study conducted by a volunteer from the community. Roman Catholic Holy Communion is also held once a week.|
|Updated: 8 Nov 2013|
|Mall||1.00 km||We are approximately 1 km from Blenheim town centre with its many cafes and shops.|
|Parks||0.50 km||We are close to Pollard Park which has wonderful gardens, a river walk and children playground.|
|Library||Blenheim Library is our closest being in the centre of the shopping area in town.|
|Updated: 21 Nov 2013|
|Credentials & Membership||Status||Details|
|National Certificate in Diversional Therapy||Yes|
|National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010)||Yes|
|New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)||Yes|
|Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.||Yes|
|Other details||Yes||Our Education Coordinator Simon Hamley is a trained instructor for Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) from the Crisis Prevention Institute. Simon works across all facilities ensuring our staff are trained in this valuable course.|
|Updated: 7 Aug 2017|
Easter is a special celebration for us here in our home. We love to enjoy loving time together and share memories evoked by the scent of fresh hot cross buns and the feeling of anticipation as we unwrap the first Easter egg.
We wish you all a safe and happy Easter with those you love.
As always, we welcome your visits and remind you that our visiting times are the same throughout the holidays.
We love getting together with friends out in the community, especially over a friendly game of darts, a catch up and a delicious afternoon tea. Each month we are holding a ‘community darts session’ where residents from other rest homes are invited to join us for an in-house game. Recently we had a lovely group of friends from Bethsaida Rest Home here in Blenheim. Such a fun way to stay connected with friends both old and new.
Having a good old BBQ is the epitome of a perfect summer Kiwi dinner in the back yard. Every one loves getting involved and sharing tips and techniques.
To our dear friends
Recently we joined the Blenheim Christmas parade in our van. It was fun preparing and participating with our residents, and we were all proud to showcase our happy and united community and share the fun and laughter we enjoy at Aberleigh.
Continuing with familiar roles, assisting people to maintain involvement and valuing activities that are special to people is foundational for us at Aberleigh. Recently, our gardener had pruned some hedges in the garden of our dementia hospital. A gentleman resident carefully collected the offcuts and proceeded to re plant them meticulously in a perfect row. When asked what he was doing he replied ‘I am planting a hedge’. It turns out that that particular plant can take root, and nearly two weeks later they have not withered. We look forward to seeing our new hedge grow and continue to learn so much from the wisdom and initiative of our residents.
At Aberleigh we offer respite care for people at rest home, dementia rest home, general hospital and dementia hospital level care.
This is dependant on whether we have a vacant room at the time.
• Most people want to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. Respite services help you do this successfully
• Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself. Taking a break is an important way of staying rested and strong
• Respite is available in homes which specialize in person centered aged care
• Respite encourages friendship, stimulation and fun
• Comprehensive ‘respite packs’ include information about the service, as well as detailed questionnaires regarding your loved one’s care needs and daily routines
• Respite care is often for a short period of about a week, and can be repeated during the year
• Respite bookings can be organized through the NMDHB
Benefits to the caregiver:
• A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize knowing their loved one is receiving safe person centered aged care
• Allows loved ones to remain at home longer, through carers giving themselves time to rest
Benefits to the person receiving care:
• An opportunity to socialize and be involved in meaningful activities that comfort, stimulate and bring enjoyment
• Provides a short term experience of the sense of community that comes with facilitated care
• Continuation of daily roles and routines
• An opportunity for group activities and company in a safe and secure environment
Very often, respite care is the first experience of rest home care for families. This can be an emotional time for everyone including the person receiving care
Building trust through open communication:
It is important to gain as much information as possible about what to expect. Gaining trust and developing open communication with the people who will be taking care of your loved one is important. They too must gain as much information as possible about your loved one (their likes and dislikes, interests and routines) to give the very best of care. Every person is unique and has different responses and needs. The information you provide enables the rest home to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to those unique and special needs.
All information about your loved one is available to you, so you should feel free to ask staff about anything that concerns you. People responsible for the care of your loved one write notes throughout the day and night so it is possible to find out how your loved one is doing over the 24 hour period. We provide 24 hour registered nursing coverage, 7 days a week.
Please contact our Operations Manager Maja or Clinical Manager Susan to discuss respite care options for your loved one.
Autumnal van trips: May 2017
Every weekend, our Activities Coordinator takes a group of residents on a van outing somewhere special in the community. Last weekend they all enjoyed a colourful trip up the Wairau Valley to observe the autumnal leaves of the vineyards. Everyone enjoyed the stunning display and friendly chats with passers by.
In May of this year a number of our dedicated Diversional Therapists and care staff commenced an 8 month course called ‘Walking In Another’s Shoes’ that runs only once a year. This was facilitated by Dementia Educator Alison Rowe from Older Persons Mental Health at the Wairau Hospital. The course is all about encouraging person centred care for people living with dementia. We are proud that now nine of our staff team have completed this wonderful course since it began in 2014. Our staff have gained so much from this specialised training, which in turn benefits residents and family members.
Taylor Dam: October 2016
Our residents are relishing the fact that summer is finally upon us meaning we can go on so many more adventures.
Last week a number of us spent time at Taylor Dam. We loved the peaceful environment and feeding the ducks. This brought back so many memories for some people. A lovely day and we look forward to visiting more often.
Winter family gathering:
Recently we held our winter family gatherings. The theme was full of elegance and fun, being 'Gold & Lace'. We had delightful live music and a good turn out of families and some great dancing to boot. We love our family gatherings at Aberleigh. A special opportunity to celebrate our residents and their loved ones.
Preparing our spring bulbs - July 2016:
With the mild winter comes the opportunity to get our spring bulbs ready early at Aberleigh. The ‘green thumbs’ among us loved potting the daffodil bulbs recently. We cant wait for them to come out!
New Website for Dementia Care NZ:
We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
13th March 2013
POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS AT ABERLEIGH
We are writing to advise you about some important positive changes underway at Aberleigh.
An extensive construction project is currently in progress to build on some additional bedrooms and to upgrade an area of the current rest home. This will improve the environment for our residents and also enable us to provide hospital care for more of our residents. This means that when our residents become more frail and require hospital care they will be able to stay on at Aberleigh. This is important – residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and who know just how to care for them. It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families, knowing that they will not have to move.
Work on the first phase of the project, in the existing carpark, is well underway. It is exciting to see our plans for an improved environment for our residents becoming a reality.
Once the first stage is complete we will be moving on to the redevelopment of the Ngaio wing. The significant upgrade we have planned will require the existing Ngaio wing to be completely taken down and rebuilt. This will mean that all the residents who currently live in the Ngaio wing will move into the beautiful new wing, Koromiko, which will become their new home.
With the provision of hospital level care, there is now a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.
The extended level of care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards which recently earned Aberleigh 4 year Ministry of Health Audit Certification.
When the alterations at Aberleigh are complete, one of the services we will be able to provide is a dedicated respite bed where people can book respite care in advance.
We will be celebrating the completion of the renovations with a formal opening in May this year. We look forward to inviting you to join us for this special occasion.
In the interim, we warmly welcome your questions or comments.
Maja Yu Susan Villacorta
Operations Manager Clinical Manager
ABERLEIGH ACHIEVES 4 YEAR AUDIT CERTIFICATION