We know you will share our excitement as we confirm the appointment of Nicki Bridge as our new Clinical Manager of Millvale House Levin. Nicola commences her role on Monday 21 September 2020.
It has taken longer than we expected to find exactly the right person to lead our special team, and we extend our sincere thanks to Katherine Gomez for her energy and dedication in so ably covering the role.
Nicola comes to us from a Clinical Manager position in a 100+ bed Care Home with Hospital level, Rest Home level and Dementia level care. She brings passion and energy for care of the older adult along with her clinical, leadership and management experience.
By way of introduction, Nicola says, “I am extremely interested in caring for persons with Dementia in a smaller home environment. I truly value the older adult and actively believe in and promote person-centered care in a homelike environment. I always lead by example and take every opportunity to mentor and develop the nurses and care staff.”
We join in congratulating Nicki on this key role with our organisation and wish her the very best as she takes on this new challenge.
December 2018 - A new Clinical Manager for Millvale House Levin:
We take great pleasure in introducing our new Clinical Manager at Millvale House Levin, Nisha Bijoy. Nisha completed her nursing studies in her home country of India. With over 6 years’ nursing experience in India and Malaysia, Nisha moved to New Zealand in 2014, where she completed her Bachelor of Nursing before joining Dementia Care NZ as a Registered Nurse in October 2016.
Nisha brings a wealth of skills and experience to her new role of Clinical Manager, as well as a close understanding of the residents, families and staff team at Millvale House Levin built up over her time here as a Registered Nurse.
Nisha has great empathy for people with advanced dementia, and is a passionate champion of their right to dignity, respect and loving care.
Nisha aims to maintain the non-judgmental atmosphere, effective communication, and the calm and homely environment where all family/whanau are welcome to join us in the care of their loved ones.
We welcome Nisha and we wish her all the very best in her new role.
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 are so proud of our team here at Millvale House Levin. Thanks to their hard work and professionalism we have maintained our four year certification from the Ministry of Health at our recent audit. This is the best result it is possible to obtain, and is achieved by very few facilities nation-wide.
To have maintained this level of certification for a further 4 years is a reflection of the hard work, energy and commitment the team has put into providing wonderful care to our residents, support for our families, and maintaining the DCNZ quality systems to a high standard.
This is a magnificent outcome. We are enormously proud of every member of our team and appreciative of their contribution to this great result.
To our dear friends
It's the end of 2017, a time of reflection on the past year. As always, there have been many moments of joy, laughter, peace and wonder: what we call ‘magic moments’. We are full of gratitude and would like to say thank you to you all. Thank you for encouraging us by being part of this online community. Thank you to the people who visit our homes - it is always lovely to see you. Most of all a very big thank you to those of you who share your family membe...r or friend with us. It is a huge privilege to take care of the people who live here with us in their home. They are a wonderful inspiration to us and we love them dearly.
We would also like to say an enormous thank you to each and every member of our staff team. We appreciate you and value you so much. Thank you for everything you do.
We are grateful for the highs and lows, the challenges and opportunities this past year has brought. Thank you for being part of it.
Everyone is getting excited about summer’s near arrival. At Millvale House Levin our residents love growing vegetables as well as flowers in the gardens of their home.
Recently during some time spent together, one of the ladies in our dementia hospital drew this beautiful ‘map of New Zealand’. It is especially poignant that Kapiti Island stands out as somewhere of particular significance to her. This lady’s talent and creativity shines through the artwork and accompanying poem We are so lucky to share people’s lives, interests and abilities here at Millvale House Levin.
Our residents love planting veggies in the springtime, and our raised planter beds make it easy. There are few things as satisfying as the feel of rich earth under your fingers as you tuck the baby seedlings in, the pleasure of watching them grow, watering and tending them, and harvesting them in months to come.
November 23rd 2016:
At Millvale House we are all loving the warmer weather. Our vegetable gardens have been newly planted for summer, the flowers are blooming and our small home is filled with fresh air and sunshine, and the happy voices of visiting family and friends.
We want to take this opportunity to let you know that our Facebook page is now live and available to update family and any other interested parties. We will be sharing stories on what is new around the home and what we have been up to. Please feel free to get onto Facebook and search ’Millvale House Levin’.
A recent activity that has been thoroughly enjoyed by our hospital residents has been the study of Monarch butterflies. Every summer at Millvale House Levin we spend time with our residents carefully tending swan plants and having the great enjoyment of watching the cycle of the Monarch butterfly. We set the plants out in the garden and watch as the Monarchs flutter around laying their eggs. We then take the plants back indoors and keep an eye on the caterpillars as they grow. We wait patiently till eventually chrysalis form, and then one by one the chrysalis opened to reveal beautiful butterflies.
This miracle of nature brings us all fresh joy every year.
We also want to ensure that people know we are always prepared to go the extra mile here at Millvale House Levin. We understand that moving into hospital care can be a daunting and stressful experience. Some people sadly do not have family or friends who are able to help with this emotional and busy process. Our caring staff are always willing to help with such things as shifting new residents belongings into the home, naming belongings for them and help with setting up their new space to make it as homely and familiar as possible. This is just a part of what we do at Millvale House Levin.
The team at Millvale House Levin are very pleased to announce their new Facebook page 'Millvale House Levin'
This is an excellent way for you to stay in the loop around news and events, activities and stories, interesting research articles and more pertaining to dementia and elderly care and the everyday happenings in our home. Please feel free to hop online and have a look, like us and friend us to stay updated with Millvale House Levin.
At Millvale House Levin our diversional therapists have been taking advantage of the lovely weather to engage in activities that have special meaning to our residents.
One gentleman always had a great interest in Monarch butterflies and kept us advised on how to go about supporting the Monarch butterfly, which had been recently covered on the news as becoming scarcer throughout the country. We spent time carefully tending swan plants and having the great enjoyment of watchin...g the cycle of the Monarch butterfly. We set the plants out in the garden and watched as the Monarchs fluttered around laying their eggs. We then took the plants back indoors and were able to keep an eye on the caterpillars as they grew daily. We waited patiently till eventually 8 chrysalis formed. They were so beautiful with their little flecks of gold. Then one by one the chrysalis opened to reveal beautiful butterflies which once their wings had dried made their way out of the nearby door.
This project gave us all great pleasure and enabled our residents to share their knowledge and interest in the subject too, while giving us all the satisfaction of knowing that we were doing our bit to support this beautiful butterfly.
A New Operations Manager for Millvale House Levin:
12th July 2016
Introducing Ravi John: Facility Manager, Millvale House Levin
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to introduce the new Facility Manager of Millvale House Levin, Ravi John.
Ravi is a Registered nurse with over 15 years of comprehensive nursing experience in India, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. He has worked in various clinical settings such as Medical, Surgical, Intensive Care, Orthopaedic, Older Persons’ Health, Community Mental Health and Forensic Mental Health. Ravi has great empathy for people with advanced dementia, and is a passionate champion of their right to dignity, respect and loving care. He regards his greatest asset as being the ability to provide optimum holistic care to all residents, alongside his healthcare team.
Ravi’s pledge to residents, family and staff is to promote a non-judgmental atmosphere, effective communication, and a calm and homely environment where all family/whanau are welcome to join us in the care of their loved ones.
We are delighted to welcome Ravi to our team, and wish him a long, successful and above all happy career with Millvale House Levin.
New Website for Dementia Care NZ:
We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
October 2013 - Levin Age on the go seniors expo, was superb. Thanks to all of the organisers and fellow contributors who helped to create such a positive event.
(photograph - Helen McClean, Diversional Therapy team leader)
We are greatly looking forward to holding an information stall at the up coming Levin 'Age on the Go' seniors expo on October 4th. We hope to see you there. This expo is always so much fun and a great way to connect with our community.
At a number of our homes we have been holding a weekly 'coffee club'. This is a time for socialisation, reminiscing, sharing time with family and friends, creating magic moments. Out come the lovely table cloths, the special china, the flowers on the tables not to mention the lovely home baked goodies and coffee! If you would like to join your friend or loved one for coffee club, please conta...ct the operations manager of the facility for details. We would love to share this time with you.
Donya Nee, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy Team from Dementia Care NZ.
Our Spring Visitors at Millvale House
As spring draws to a close here at Millvale House in Levin, we hope the Tui who graced us with their presence will see fit to return to us again next year. Our trees were in full bloom, and many Tui delighted in feeding on the plentiful nectar available to them.
We were able to spend time in the garden observing them feeding and listening to their beautiful song. We had information sheets with interesting Tui facts. Did you know that Tui not only imitate the song call of other species of birds such as the bell bird, but thanks to their rare dual voice box, there have been cases where they have managed to mimic the human voice.
They inspired us to create a piece of art work representing these beautiful birds, made up of natural bark, leaves, twigs tissue paper and photocopied images which now hangs proudly in one of our peaceful lounges. We are grateful for their visit to our garden and look forward hopefully to a return visit next year.
What a wonderful opportunity this was to share with our residents.
Helen McLane - Diversional Therapist
Clinical Manager Sue Richardson and Vision Development Coordinator Donya Nee greatly enjoyed participating in the Horowhenua 'Age on the Go' expo in October.
The expo was wonderfully organised with a fantastic turnout. It was lovely to see so many of our senior citizens socialising, learning of new services available to them and generally having a great time.
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to help people by sharing visiting tips for people who have dementia, and chatting about care in general.
Photograph - Sue Richardson and our 'Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar' winner.
WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS...
OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:
- Our Vision and Values – Are the cornerstone of all we do. We select our staff based upon our vision and values. This means we attract the right people and have a great staff retention. Staff have a high level of job satisfaction and many opportunities to grow which naturally results in best performance and positively impacts upon our residents’ well being.
- Open home – Our families are always welcome. You have an open invitation to share mealtimes with your loved one, at no charge. We want you to have as much special time with your loved one as possible. This benefits us all.
- Small Homes – Small homes mean that the environment feels more normalised, and residents orientate to their environment more easily.. There is a family feel. We get to know our residents very well. There are fewer faces to get to know. There is a higher staff ratio than in many larger facilities.
- Open Plan kitchens - Purpose designed kitchens mean that residents and their families have full, assisted and safe access to familiar homely activities. People can help rinse the dishes, make a cup of tea, wipe down the bench, and be part of the running of their home. Baking and cooking activities occur regularly.
- Bedrooms – Are warm and cosy. There is under-floor heating as well as wall unit heating. People are encouraged to bring special things from home, to make their room feel familiar and homely. We provide all of the necessities.
- Family Support – Our families have the opportunity to meet monthly with an independent facilitator to share thoughts, feelings and concerns about having a loved one in care. At Levin and Waikanae support is available over the phone.
- Special Programmes for Families - We enjoy having two special courses for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.
- Our team: Our staff team are hand-picked and are with us because they love working with people who have dementia. They are given many opportunities to grow within the organisation and are supported to be their very best. We provide them with free medical attention and staff support from ‘Work Place Support’ . They are also given much in the way of Education. We are great believers in the power of education and support for growth.
- Education - We have an Education Coordinator who coordinates , supports, motivates and encourages staff to grow and develop as much as possible.
- Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care training – All our staff attend this training as a part of their comprehensive ‘orientation’ program. It is based on the ground-breaking work of Virginia Bell and David Troxell, and originated in the U.S.A. The main focus is on developing empathy, communication and an understanding of our residents’ needs.
- Non Violent Crisis Intervention – This is an internationally recognised qualification that we encourage all staff members to participate in. This course supports what is learnt in the Best Friends Approach to Care training.
- Intercultural training – Our staff team have the opportunity to be a part of comprehensive training around intercultural awareness. This training is designed to help staff understand the varying cultural needs of our residents, as well as fellow staff members.
- Occupational Therapy – We have a very experienced Occupational Therapist who leads our team of Diversional Therapists. She is also available for consulting regarding residents’ specific needs and/or behaviours of concern.
- Physiotherapist – Our Physiotherapist visits our home regularly.
- Dietician – Our dietician is on site on a regular basis and is available for advice at anytime.
- Community Care – We have a proactive approach to education for the wider community around dementia care.
- We speak at both national and international conferences on the subject of excellence in person-centred care. Community education, removing the stigma from dementia and increasing the quality of life for people who have dementia are passions we love to share with others.