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Cambridge Life
86 King Street
Cambridge 3434
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Carly Mangulabnan - 07 827 5972
Cambridge Life Limited - Carly Mangulabnan - 07 827 5972
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Kaitlyn Thomson - 0272722056
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Located in the heart of the “town of trees and champions” Cambridge Life reflects both strength and beauty of the place. We offer rest home and hospital level care with a strong emphasis on individualised care, delivered with warmth that makes you feel at home.

Cambridge Life recently came under new management and is now proudly part of Sound Care Group, along with five other care homes operating all across New Zealand.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Vacancy Yes
Beds available in shared and single rooms. Lifecare is the first registered Edenising home in NZ , see edeninoz.com.au for details. Day care programme available. Carer support available.
Impending vacancy Yes - 6
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $25.00/day up to $25.00/day as at 18 Jul 2022
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Yes
Updated: 18 Aug 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes A registered nurse is on duty 24 a day. All our RN's are experienced in the specialty of caring for older persons.
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Negotiable Our Physio Assistant works alongside a local Physiotherapist who visits weekly. Plans are prepared for each resident elder to assist in maintaining or improving their physical capability. Additional private sessions are available if requested.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable A private Occupational Therapist is available if requested.
Diversional Therapist Yes We have a qualified Diversional Therapist on board to ensure all our residents are engaged in a programme specifically for them. Our Diversional Therapist works Monday to Friday.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Our Activities Co-ordinator prepares a stimulating and meaningful programme each week.
Hairdresser Yes Sherilyn our lovely local hairdresser visits fortnightly, or you may choose to visit a salon in town.
Podiatrist Yes A Podiatrist visits every six weeks. You may choose to visit a local podiatrist privately.
Dietitian Yes A dietitan oversees our menus and makes suggestions for those with special dietary requirements.
Accredited Visitors Yes We welcome Red Cross, RSA and Accredited Church visitors to Lifecare. Other visitors are welcome at any time.
Kaumatua Negotiable Our local Kaumatua help support our resident elders, families/whanau and staff where needed. Our cultural group is active in education and support of new staff and where cultural matters need attention.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable We have a weekly evangelical hymn service. Other priests, pastors, elders, tohunga are welcomed to support the spiritual growth of resident elders as needed.
Other Personnel Yes Our competent and friendly maintenance person keeps our building and pretty much everything inside it in good repair.
Updated: 15 Jul 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes We have bottled oxygen and also oxygen concentrators for those who require supplemental oxygen. All RNs are competent in oxygen delivery.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes All registered nurses are skilled with PEG feeds and care of a person needed this type of nutritional support.
Bariatric (Care of the very overweight) Yes We can care for the bariatric resident
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Our team provides care and support for the person who has received a diagnosis for which there is no cure. We are recognised for the support we give to family/whanau and our willingness to empower them to make decisions that are important for them.
Dialysis Yes All RNs are competent with CAPD, both drainage and cycler use. We work very closely with the Dialysis Unit at Waikato Hospital.
Wound Care Yes We have RNs with advanced wound care knowledge and access the wound care nurse specialist at Waikato Hospital if requiring further back-up.
Diabetic Care Yes We liaise closely with the Diabetes Nurse Educator at Waikato Hospital to ensure those with diabetes receive correct management of this condition.
Continence Advice Yes
Infection Control Yes One registered nurse has responsibility for infection control. Lifecare management work with other nursing homes through the Waikato Infection Control support group which meets every 2 months to share and learn the latest information.
Surgical Followup Yes We work closely with Waikato Hospital staff to ensure safe follow-up and attendance at post-op clinics.
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay Status Details
Respite Yes We offer a range of respite options working on a case by case basis. Please call our Manager for information.
Carer Support Yes
Other Short Stay Programme Yes
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We welcome the bringing of personal furniture to make your room your own. Larger furniture for shared spaces is also welcome if we have the space!
Single Rooms Yes Many of our rooms are single for those who need this.
Shared Rooms Yes Several rooms are shared and this ensures resident elders have company at night, whilst the larger floor area helps with safety while using hoists and other equipment.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes We have rooms that couples can use if desired.
Ensuite Yes 22 rooms in our rest home have ensuites, other areas have shared bathrooms. A superior charge applies for rooms with ensuites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes We encourage the healthy use of alcohol, but do not supply it.
Pets In Residence Yes Animals live here as part of the antidote to loneliness. It's great to hear birdsong each morning.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Special friends are welcomed for visits. Having such a non-judgmental companion helps make life worth living.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes You are welcome to arrange a private telephone line and most rooms have jack points. We also have several portable phones.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes All heaters can be adjusted individually.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We have a contract to care for those under the age of 65 years who need full-time support.
Lounges/seating areas Yes There are several lounge areas and other areas for more private meetings and family time. We have several outside areas for enjoyment.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes We are happy to provide post-hospital convalescence should it be needed, both privately and publically funded. Ask your social worker about public funding if you need short term care.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract No We work on an individual basis to provide end of life care as required. We liaise closely with hospice and palliative care teams and use the Liverpool Care Pathway and anticipatory prescribing to ease the transition.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes People from the community are welcomed to join with resident elders in enjoying meaningful activities. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch is supplied as part of the cost.
Outings Yes Our van takes people shopping, to the library and to other places such as concerts, clubs or meetings. We especially enjoy drives to enjoy the countryside in spring when lambs and daffodils abound.
Whanau Room No Though family/whanau have several private or secluded areas to choose from for more intimate meetings.
Residents Committee Yes Resident elders meet regularly to discuss, make suggestions and arrange meaningful activities and talk about issues affecting them. The manager is available for individual discussion at any time.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes We are aware that challenging behaviour makes sense for the person exhibiting it. We work to find the meaning behind the behaviour and provide a meaningful alternative, our animals are often one of the best solutions.
Confused Residents Yes We use pets to help those with confusion make a connection with reality. Staff are compassionate and understanding of those who need help to understand their world.
Rural Setting Yes Lifecare Cambride is set in an established residential setting in Cambridge, town of trees and champions
Smokers Room Yes An outside area is provided for smokers. Consideration for others means we would prefer smoking only in that area.
Smoking Permitted Yes We would prefer smoking in the designated area only.
Semi-Secure No We do not have key code doors, and while staff and resident elders keep an eye out for each other, we are not able to provide secure care.
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Special Features
Special Features
As the first registered Edenising home in NZ we are the leader in this culture change to improve the lives of resident elders. The Eden Alternative (R) describes the three plagues of old age as loneliness, helplessness and boredom. These plagues account for the bulk of suffering of the older person and are plagues of the spirit. More deadly than physical disease, and harder to overcome.
We work to create a human habitat, where elders have close and continuing contact with plants, animal and children, as these provide the antidotes to the three plagues and improve quality of life.
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Big print books, Bingo, Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Canine friends, Chapel, Children, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Dancing, Digital camera, Electric beds, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Library, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Videos, Pastoral care, Craft
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Fees are as set down by the DHB for the Waipa territorial land authority. Some superior rooms incur an additional fee. Our admission agreement itemises any extra charges.
Staffing qualifications and details We have a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day and an enthusiastic team of healthcare assistants. Domestic staff ensure we look and smell great and maintenance keeps evrything in working order. We employ great staff with the right attitude.
Details about meals Our menu is approved by a registered dietitian. Special dietary requirements are arranged as required. Resident elders are encourgaed to give feedback and suggestions for food choices.
Associated Complexes We are a stand alone home, family owned and community minded.
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Japanese Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Spanish Yes
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Location Distance Details
Shops 2.50 Km We are approximately 2.5kms from the main shopping street in central Cambridge
Parks 1.00 Km There are a number of parks in close proximity
Library 3.00 Km We are approximately 3km from our local Cambridge Library
Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy No Our Activities Co-ordinator is part way through this qualification.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes We have been a member from the inception of this organisation.
The Eden Alternative Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 22 Dec 2021

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