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Hutt Gables Retirement Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

6 hours ago - Upper Hutt 5018

We have completed refurbishment of a 2 bedroom villa, which is now for sale. Heat pump, double glazing and excellent insulation to make winters warmer, as well as a neutral colour scheme.

Everil Orr Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

9 hours ago - Auckland

Now open, come and have a look at our new Village Apartments, Community Center and our stunning views.

St Johns Hill Healthcare - Hospital Care

12 hours ago - Wanganui

 

 

You are welcome to come and view our facility, please contact us by phone (06) 348-1500 for an appointment or just pop in and see us.  We look forward to meeting you.

Rosewood Rest Home & Hospitals - Hospital Care

13 hours ago - Christchurch

Refurbished Hospital Unit now open!

Enquiries welcome or just pop in and have a look.

We would love to meet you.

Rosewood Rest Home & Hospitals - Psychogeriatric Care (Two Specialised Dementia Care Units)

13 hours ago - Christchurch

Please give us a call and come have a look round

you can easily request a brochure from our Eldernet page!

Newly refurbished Hospital unit now open - Enquiries welcome.

Honey our Cat is waiting to greet you!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosewood-Resthome-and-Hospitals/180871531970142?ref=hl#./

Rosewood Rest Home & Hospitals - Dementia Care (Secure)

13 hours ago - Christchurch

Come and have a look around whenever you like
We have a room available at the moment
you can easily request further information via this website
"A Home away from Home!"
We Have No Extra Charges at Rosewood!
 
Visit us on Facebook!
 

Kapiti Hearing - Hearing

4 days ago - Waikanae

Batteries are now $4 for a pack of six! What a bargain!

 

Summerset in the Orchard (Hastings) - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

4 days ago - Hastings 4122

The Village Centre has now been open for 5.5 years.  This is a wonderful building with all the amenities you could expect from the best retirement village in Hawkes Bay.   The property is looking amazing with the cafe, bar, open spaces both inside and outside feeling very inviting.  Our wine club continues to grow, Sit and be Fit, indoor bowls and a raft of events on our calendar making life interesting.  We have put together a comprehensive list of exclusive events for the remainder of the year.  Note: the photo of the 2015 Christmas street party, 150 residents enjoying a balmy summer night. 

News - Motel Room on site for nightly rental at only $75 per night.  Why not experience the lifestyle before making the ultimate decision?  Or just stay in the 'Orchard Apartment' for your holiday in the Bay. 

An extension to our Village Centre, The Pavilion, is now completed.  With our Café being so successful and popular we need more space for events,  so great news. Come and have a look - very exciting..

The 2 story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom and study townhouses add a different dimension to the village.  Visit us to see the many different living options available, we have everything from 1.5 bedrooms to these 2 story properties. Please note: Our waiting list continues to grow, get your name down quick.

The cafe is open to the general public so you are welcome to come in and have a sneaky look.  Why not chat with our residents about their lives in the village, over a wonderful espresso.

 



Charles Fleming Retirement Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

4 days ago - Waikanae

Charles Chapters, our Autumn newsletter is out and available on line. Check out the happenings at our vibrant village.

Ultimate Care Lansdowne Court - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

4 days ago - Masterton 5810

Enquires are most welcome.

 

Ultimate Care Lansdowne Court - Rest Home Care

4 days ago - Masterton 5810

 

You are most welcome to come  and view our facility.

Ultimate Care Lansdowne Court - Hospital Care

4 days ago - Masterton 5810

 

You are most welcome to come and view our facility. 

Pompallier House - Rest Home Care

5 days ago - Akaroa

A recent Ministry of Health Certification of  Audit confirmed that accepted standards of service provision and care were met at Pompallier.

 

Corcoran French Lawyers - Professional Services (Corcoran French Lawyers)

5 days ago - Christchurch 8141

 

Preventing money-laundering in New Zealand: a law firm’s role

 

New changes regarding law firms are coming into force and they may affect your next visit to us. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (known as AML/CFT) applies to New Zealand law firms from 1 July of this year.

The legislation aims to ensure New Zealand is a safe place to conduct business. The government wants this country to remain at the top of the list of low risk countries with a reputation for low corruption and strong protocols to prevent money laundering activity.

What is money laundering?

Money laundering is the acquisition, possession, transfer, concealment or the conversion of property knowing it is derived from a criminal offence. There are three stages of money laundering:

1.    Placement

2.    Layering, and

3.    Integration.

This activity can occur when funds are processed via a law firm’s trust account to make them appear legal and legitimate. Moving that money into a law firm’s trust account and into a legal transaction (such as buying a house) can make that money untraceable back to the illegal activity from which it came.

Similarly, this law aims to stop people in New Zealand who may finance terrorism. These people can also transfer money towards terrorism by involving a law firm to avoid being caught by law enforcement and to hide their identities.

Why are law firms a target for money laundering?

Criminals who launder money often see law firms as ‘gate keepers’ that can help them create funds that appear genuine.

How money laundering works

Let’s use an example: Alexia has $100,000 of illegal funds she has received from drug dealing in Botswana. She makes an offer to buy a house in New Zealand and instructs a new lawyer, Jim, to establish a trust and act in this purchase. Jim, although he has only just met Alexia, doesn’t ask her any questions about her identity or the source of her $100,000 deposit. Alexia gets the funds paid into Jim’s law firm’s trust account from her overseas Botswana account. Jim doesn’t enquire as to the bank account they have come from (an unknown Botswana bank). Jim, during the property transaction, forwards the funds to the seller’s lawyer for the purchase of the property. Alexia no longer has the funds and now the trust she has created owns a New Zealand property.

Alexia later sells the property on behalf of the trust and benefits from legitimate funds which have arrived in her New Zealand bank account from a New Zealand lawyer’s
trust account.

In this example we can see the three steps of money laundering come full circle. First, we saw placement when Alexia transferred the money into Jim’s trust account. Second, layering when Alexia used it for her trust when buying New Zealand property. Lastly, we saw the criminal proceeds integrated into New Zealand funds when it was transferred to another lawyer’s trust account when the property was transferred to Alexia’s trust.

What’s the issue?

If Jim the lawyer had conducted a careful inspection of the origins of the funds and into the client/trustee, Alexia, it’s likely he would have seen multiple red flags.

From 1 July 2018, the AML/CFT Act 2009 requires New Zealand law firms to mitigate and eliminate the risk of being used to facilitate money laundering or terrorist financing activities. All lawyers will be required to do this by verifying identities of their clients and the legitimacy of the transactions. This is called customer due diligence (CDD). To comply with CDD, law firms must conduct a screening to formally identify their client, any other person related to the transaction and the actual funds for the transaction.

When we ask for identification, proof of address, source of the funds or any other questions that relate to you or your transaction, don’t be alarmed; all lawyers are required to do this. Even if you have had the same lawyer for 20 years, we are still required to conduct CDD after 1 July 2018 for every new matter.

Banks, other financial institutions and casinos have been required to comply with this legislation since 2013. Accountants, real estate agents, sellers of high value goods and sports betting agencies are next in line and will all be required to be fully compliant over the next 18 months.

We all want New Zealand to be a safe place to do business, and we need your help to make this so. We have a professional obligation to comply with this legislation. If not, there are a significant range of financial sanctions and penalties that could result.

 

St Johns Hill Healthcare - Rest Home Care

10 days ago - Wanganui

 

Please feel free to come and have a look around our facility.  Call us on (06) 348-1500, or pop in and see us.  We would love to meet you.

Edith Cavell Lifecare - Care Apartments (Resthome Wing)

11 days ago - Christchurch


 

Breathe Hawke's Bay Asthma & Respiratory Services - Community Groups

11 days ago - Napier City 4140

Check out our new 90 second videos:

 

Asthma First Aid

How to use a spacer

About Breathe Hawke's Bay

Testimonials

 

https://breathehb.co.nz/resources/

Rose Lodge Rest Home - Rest Home Care

11 days ago - Auckland

 

 

Longford Park Village - Metlifecare Retirement Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

13 days ago - Takanini 2112

COME ON IN FOR A CUPPA AND SEE WHATS AVAILABLE AT LONGFORD PARK

 

Ultimate Care Maupuia - Hospital Care

14 days ago - Wellington 6022

 Friday 16 March 2018‘Saint Patricks Day Celebrations’   

  Maupuia turned green for St Patrick’s day, for one of our residents who can’t be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. There’s just nothing like it, the whole world goes green to celebrate.  On March 16, UCG Maupuia thrums with energy and excitement for St Patrick’s Day.   So, we all pinned on our shamrocks, added hats, ties and braces plus green moustaches.   It was rather special when our Irish resident started singing the Irish songs that he remembered. Had has an amazing voice, it just bought Maupuia to a standstill while he sung.  The residents tasted and enjoyed the green icing on the cupcakes and round sponge cake that was green inside, they finished the meal with our green punch, both resident, staff and Day-care enjoyed the excitement of the day. 

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents



Tuesday 15 August 2017 - ‘India Independence Day Celebrations’  

Ultimate Care Maupuia went all out in their celebrations for India Independence Day yesterday. The team surprised residents by transforming the lounge in to a Bollywood film set in the morning and wearing sari's for the day. Later on the dining room became an Indian banquet, and in the afternoon the lounge was reset as a cricket oval. Entertainment for the day included Indian dancers, a Bollywood movie, a documentary on India and an afternoon cricket game. A very memorable and fun day for both residents and staff!

 'We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents'

Monday 10 July 2017 - Balloon Noodle Antics’  

There are some things we have found at UCG Maupuia that transcend age groups that’s have fun no matter what age you are. We’ve been having resistance from our residents, not wishing to participate in our exercise classes, most residents don’t like to exercise. Today we have managed to change that by introducing ‘Balloon Noodle Antics’.  This has become such a popular game we now play it weekly

 This game can be played in so many different settings, with many different ability levels, and it is a good exercise. It can be easily graded to work on multiple skills, such as standing and sitting balance, improved respiratory health, upper extremity strength with overhead reaching and hand eye coordination.

 Our residents normally sit in a circle in the lounge, with their different coloured noodles (they picked their colours).  We then add the 3 balloons and we are off.  We started off with a base core of residents, with the music of Tina Turner ‘Simple the Best’ playing in the back ground.  We found that we double in the number of residents participating as they come out to investigate what was going on.  It was great to see how completive the residents are, the smiles and laugher as they missed or hit the balloons and how they watched and congratulated other residents when they managed to hit the balloons. We run it now on the days that we have our fantastic fun loving day program group.  

 Balloon Noodle Antics only requires the large 60cm balloons, these are easy to hit, come in bright colours and they bounce, so there are airborne longer.  We have used pool noodles in bright colours cut in half for each team member.  

 'We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents'

Monday 12 June 2017

Our residents at Ultimate Care Maupuia had a couple of special guests join them on Monday morning to visit the facility and they also help with the group activity, the weekly crossword puzzle.  Annette King, retiring Member of Parliament, chose to stop by the facility who she has visited a number of times throughout her career.  She was joined for the visit by Paul Eagle, Deputy Mayor of Wellington.  They not only help solve the crossword puzzle but gave out the prizes to with winners.  Annette also gave a short but very funny speech about her time in Parliament and introduce her successor Paul Eagle.

Stuart Clarke is a multi-talented New Zealand based singer songwriter who has been part of the NZ scene for more than a decade. 

His professionalism coupled with his consistent live performances make him one of the most sought after musicians in the country. 

Being blessed with a wonderfully rich bass-baritone voice, often said to be comparable to the late great Johnny Cash, he is an undeniable talent in the music scene. Stuart regularly performs at live music venues and for Weddings and Corporate functions in his home town of Wellington and also in other cities such as Auckland and Queenstown.

We had a very special concert at Maupuia with a very proud father in the audience.  His singing bought the residence alive with his amazing baritone voice.

If you wish to know more about Ultimate Care Maupuia, Rest Home, Hospital with amazing views of the airport and Cook Straight please ring 04 3888168

 

Ultimate Care Maupuia - Rest Home Care

14 days ago - Wellington 6022

Friday 16 March 2018 - ‘Saint Patricks Day Celebrations’   

 Maupuia turned green for St Patrick’s day, for one of our residents who can’t be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. There’s just nothing like it, the whole world goes green to celebrate.  On March 16, UCG Maupuia thrums with energy and excitement for St Patrick’s Day.   So, we all pinned on our shamrocks, added hats, ties and braces plus green moustaches.   It was rather special when our Irish resident started singing the Irish songs that he remembered. Had has an amazing voice, it just bought Maupuia to a standstill while he sung.  The residents tasted and enjoyed the green icing on the cupcakes and round sponge cake that was green inside, they finished the meal with our green punch, both resident, staff and Day-care enjoyed the excitement of the day. 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents

 


Tuesday 15 August 2017 - ‘India Independence Day Celebrations’  

Ultimate Care Maupuia went all out in their celebrations for India Independence Day yesterday. The team surprised residents by transforming the lounge in to a Bollywood film set in the morning and wearing sari's for the day. Later on the dining room became an Indian banquet, and in the afternoon the lounge was reset as a cricket oval. Entertainment for the day included Indian dancers, a Bollywood movie, a documentary on India and an afternoon cricket game. A very memorable and fun day for both residents and staff!

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents



Monday 10 July 2017 - Balloon Noodle Antics’  

 There are some things we have found at UCG Maupuia that transcend age groups that’s have fun no matter what age you are. We’ve been having resistance from our residents, not wishing to participate in our exercise classes, most residents don’t like to exercise. Today we have managed to change that by introducing ‘Balloon Noodle Antics’.  This has become such a popular game we now play it weekly

 

This game can be played in so many different settings, with many different ability levels, and it is a good exercise. It can be easily graded to work on multiple skills, such as standing and sitting balance, improved respiratory health, upper extremity strength with overhead reaching and hand eye coordination.

 

Our residents normally sit in a circle in the lounge, with their different coloured noodles (they picked their colours).  We then add the 3 balloons and we are off.  We started off with a base core of residents, with the music of Tina Turner ‘Simple the Best’ playing in the back ground.  We found that we double in the number of residents participating as they come out to investigate what was going on.  It was great to see how completive the residents are, the smiles and laugher as they missed or hit the balloons and how they watched and congratulated other residents when they managed to hit the balloons. We run it now on the days that we have our fantastic fun loving day program group.  

 

Balloon Noodle Antics only requires the large 60cm balloons, these are easy to hit, come in bright colours and they bounce, so there are airborne longer.  We have used pool noodles in bright colours cut in half for each team member.  

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents


Monday 12 June 2017

Our residents at Ultimate Care Maupuia had a couple of special guests join them on Monday morning to visit the facility and they also help with the group activity, the weekly crossword puzzle.  Annette King, retiring Member of Parliament, chose to stop by the facility who she has visited a number of times throughout her career.  She was joined for the visit by Paul Eagle, Deputy Mayor of Wellington.  They not only help solve the crossword puzzle but gave out the prizes to with winners.  Annette also gave a short but very funny speech about her time in Parliament and introduce her successor Paul Eagle.

23 March 2017

Stuart Clarke is a multi-talented New Zealand based singer songwriter who has been part of the NZ scene for more than a decade. 

His professionalism coupled with his consistent live performances make him one of the most sought after musicians in the country. 

Being blessed with a wonderfully rich bass-baritone voice, often said to be comparable to the late great Johnny Cash, he is an undeniable talent in the music scene. Stuart regularly performs at live music venues and for Weddings and Corporate functions in his home town of Wellington and also in other cities such as Auckland and Queenstown.

We had a very special concert at Maupuia with a very proud father in the audience.  His singing bought the residence alive with his amazing baritone voice.

If you wish to know more about Ultimate Care Maupuia, Rest Home, Hospital with amazing views of the airport and Cook Straight please ring 04 3888168

 

8 March 2017

We have one room available in our in our boutique Rest Home, this room has amazing views of the airport and Cook Straight.  You can lay in bed and watch the cruise ships sail in to Wellington.  This area only has seven residents, it also have a dining room with French doors which are open on sunny days.  We have a small lounge again with views of the airport and ranges.  If you are looking for a cozy but depend living space come and view our property.    Ring Ultimate Care Maupuia on 04 3887186

Friday 19 December 2016

Our Day Care pick up started at 8.30am this morning.  We had our normal team and they were all still chatting and catching up about our Christmas Party last week.  As soon as morning tea was over it was out into the van and off to see the latest Cruise Ship ‘Radiance of the Seas’ It holds 2100 passengers and is operated by 857 international crew members. It is registered in the Bahamas, built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. She has 12 decks, 237 cabins inside and 813 cabins outside is 962 feet long and is 106 feet wide and travels at an average speed of 24 knots.  It dwarfed the Ultimate Care Van today.  It was back for a late lunch and it will be cross word puzzles for all this afternoon, prizes went to Johnny, Frank, and Rachel last week. 

This is the last Monday daycare session until the New Year

Our popular Friday Daycare service is now full.  We still have places available on Mondays.  We are looking at setting up a Wednesday’s program in the New Year.

Ultimate Care Maupuia - Home Help and Personal Care/Assistance (Day Care)

14 days ago - Wellington 6022

Friday 16 March 2018 - ‘Saint Patricks Day Celebrations’   

 Maupuia turned green for St Patrick’s day, for one of our residents who can’t be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. There’s just nothing like it, the whole world goes green to celebrate.  On March 16, UCG Maupuia thrums with energy and excitement for St Patrick’s Day.   So, we all pinned on our shamrocks, added hats, ties and braces plus green moustaches.   It was rather special when our Irish resident started singing the Irish songs that he remembered. Had has an amazing voice, it just bought Maupuia to a standstill while he sung.  The residents tasted and enjoyed the green icing on the cupcakes and round sponge cake that was green inside, they finished the meal with our green punch, both resident, staff and Day-care enjoyed the excitement of the day. 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents

Tuesday 15 August 2017 - ‘India Independence Day Celebrations’  

Ultimate Care Maupuia went all out in their celebrations for India Independence Day yesterday. The team surprised residents by transforming the lounge in to a Bollywood film set in the morning and wearing sari's for the day. Later on the dining room became an Indian banquet, and in the afternoon the lounge was reset as a cricket oval. Entertainment for the day included Indian dancers, a Bollywood movie, a documentary on India and an afternoon cricket game. A very memorable and fun day for both residents and staff!

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents

Monday 10 July 2017 -Balloon Noodle Antics’  

 

There are some things we have found at UCG Maupuia that transcend age groups that’s having fun no matter what age you are. We’ve been having resistance from our residents, not wishing to participate in our exercise classes, most residents don’t like to exercise. Today we have managed to change that by introducing ‘Balloon Noodle Antics’.  This has become such a popular game we now play it weekly

 

This game can be played in so many different settings, with many different ability levels, and it is a good exercise. It can be easily graded to work on multiple skills, such as standing and sitting balance, improved respiratory health, upper extremity strength with overhead reaching and hand eye coordination.

 

Our residents normally sit in a circle in the lounge, with their different coloured noodles (they picked their colours).  We then add the 3 balloons and we are off.  We started off with a base core of residents, with the music of Tina Turner ‘Simple the Best’ playing in the back ground.  We found that we double in the number of residents participating as they come out to investigate what was going on.  It was great to see how completive the residents are, the smiles and laugher as they missed or hit the balloons and how they watched and congratulated other residents when they managed to hit the balloons. We run it now on the days that we have our fantastic fun loving day program group.  

 

Balloon Noodle Antics only requires the large 60cm balloons, these are easy to hit, come in bright colours and they bounce, so there are airborne longer.  We have used pool noodles in bright colours cut in half for each team member.  

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents



Monday 12 June 2017

Our residents at Ultimate Care Maupuia had a couple of special guests join them on Monday morning to visit the facility and they also help with the group activity, the weekly crossword puzzle.  Annette King, retiring Member of Parliament, chose to stop by the facility who she has visited a number of times throughout her career.  She was joined for the visit by Paul Eagle, Deputy Mayor of Wellington.  They not only help solve the crossword puzzle but gave out the prizes to with winners.  Annette also gave a short but very funny speech about her time in Parliament and introduce her successor Paul Eagle.

 

April 2017

On our recent outing we took Maupuia resident and our Day-care group to the Hall of Memories.  This is at the base of the National War Memorial Carillon tower, which serves as the commemorative chapel of the National War Memorial

Interior and exterior walls

The interior walls were built in stone from the Mount Somers district near Ashburton. The exterior is clad with concrete slabs cast to resemble blocks of Putaruru stone. Soaring columns give a commanding impression of height and beauty.

Stained-glass windows

The stained-glass windows, which create an attractive effect of colour and light, were designed by Pierre Fourmaintraux, an accomplished exponent of unpainted dalle de verre (thick chunks of glass faceted roughly by hammer and set in concrete). They were made by Whitefriars Glass, one of Britain’s oldest window makers.

Recesses

Six recesses, or mini-chapels, flank each side of the hall. Each has its own dedicated plaque of remembrance to armed services in which New Zealanders served. The flags of each service hang immediately above.

Also within the recesses are four mounted wall plaques commemorating the conflicts in South Africa, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The recess commemorating the Second World War Expeditionary Force contains a three-panelled Māori carving known as Tāhiwi. This was presented by Gallipoli veterans in honour of the Māori Pioneer Battalion.

The sanctuary

The focal point of the hall, sculptor Lyndon Smith's statue Mother and Children, stands within the sanctuary. The statue depicts a wartime family giving one another comfort and hope in the absence of loved ones overseas.

The coats of arms of the nine New Zealand provinces flank the walls above the books. The Lamp of the Brotherhood, dedicated to preserving remembrance and unity, is mounted on the back wall. Carved in stone above the sanctuary are doves of peace and verses from Psalm 139 in the Bible. Two large columns flank the steps to the sanctuary, each bearing engravings of members of the Commonwealth who fought in the two world wars, their coats of arms linked by stylised branches to the Tree of the Commonwealth.

Word's from Laurence Binyon's poem‘ For the Fallen’ are set within bronze on the rear wall of the sanctuary.



March 2017

Stuart Clarke is a multi-talented New Zealand based singer songwriter who has been part of the NZ scene for more than a decade. 

His professionalism coupled with his consistent live performances make him one of the most sought after musicians in the country. 

Being blessed with a wonderfully rich bass-baritone voice, often said to be comparable to the late great Johnny Cash, he is an undeniable talent in the music scene. Stuart regularly performs at live music venues and for Weddings and Corporate functions in his home town of Wellington and also in other cities such as Auckland and Queenstown.

We had a very special concert at Maupuia with a very proud father in the audience.  His singing bought the residence alive with his amazing baritone voice.

If you wish to know more about Ultimate Care Maupuia, Rest Home, Hospital with amazing views of the airport and Cook Straight please ring 04 3888168


Daycare attendees and residents visited the Mount Victoria Look today. Rising 196m above the city, this has been on our must-do list for a while but this trip is defiantly weather dependent. From the lookout we were rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbor, and beyond.

From the top, we enjoyed the views of Tinakori Hill, the Hutt Valley and Eastern Harbour Bays, Matiu/Somes Island and the Miramar Peninsula. Beyond are Baring and Pencarrow Heads and further to the right, Wellington’s Southern suburbs and Mt Mathews, Wellington’s highest point to the East.

With little wind we, settled in on the hillside and relax while watching ferries and cruise ships sail into the harbour and planes fly in and out of the airport.

Great morning was had by all.

Daycare runs on Monday and Friday for more information ring Lindsey on 04 3887186

Roseanne Retirement Home - Rest Home Care

14 days ago - Napier 4110

APRIL

3rd                      -           Taradale Library

12th                 -           Residents Meeting

16th                           -                 StColumbus Church morning tea and service

17th                 -           David Day Communion @ Roseanne

18th                 -           Napier RSA @ 1pm

24th                 -           Taradale RSA @ 1pm

26th                 -           Warren Sing-a-long

 

  Van ride for a scenic drive every Friday.


Age Concern Central Hawke's Bay - Community Groups

17 days ago - Waipukurau 4200

 

 

April 2018 with Age Concern CHB

TEA/COFFEE

Tea/coffee morning will be held at the Masonic Lodge from 10am onwards on Friday 13th & 27th April. Transport Available $4.00.  Don’t forget the sales table. Door $3.00, Raffle $2.00.  Join us for a morning of fun and company.

CARDS 500

A group meets every Tuesday at the office from 1pm till 3.30pm.  $2.00 fee.  Come and join in. 

 RUMMIKUB

A group meets every Friday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm.  All welcome.    Cost: $2.00. 

STEADY AS YOU GO (SAYGO) Waipukurau

Each Tuesday morning at 9.30am at the Masonic Lodge.  Come and join us doing exercises that use every bit of your body, followed by a cuppa  Cost: $4.00

STEADY AS YOU GO (SAYGO) Waipawa

Every Thursday morning at St Peter’s Church Hall from 9.30am.  Come and join us doing exercises that use every bit of your body, followed by a cuppa  Cost: $4.00

INTERNET CAFÉ

Each Wednesday morning from 10am at the office.  Any computer problems, Dean’ your man.  Cost: $3.00

OPERATUNITY

Thursday 12th April.  “Because you asked for it”  Join us for a request show with a difference.  Price included lunch .  Book now.  $47.00

PODIATRIST

Friday 24th April.  Varying costs.

FARMYARD ZOO TRIP

Friday 13th April.  See the animals and wander round the zoo.  Cost: $26.00—lunch your expenses at Divine Café.  Book at the Office

TARADALE TRIP

Wednesday 18th April.  Shopping trip to Taradael, lunch at Taradale RSA.  Cost $25 lunch your expenses.  Book at the Office

 

Precious Labels Ltd - Equipment and Products

18 days ago - Auckland

DEAL OF THE MONTH FROM PRECIOUS LABELS

Every month we feature a Label bundle as the Deal of the Month 

 

This month we introduce our mighty Iron on Clothing label bundle – an amazing 40 labels for just $9.99.

 

So go ahead and grab this bundle and get ready to tag ’em all!

 

Ideal for gifting.

 

See Link Below:

https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product/small-ironon-clothing-label-bundle/

Also see are unique and hassle free stickon clothing tags, just peel and stick to clothing wash care tags; No need for ironing. 

https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product/clothing-label-starter-bundle-stick-on-tags/

 



Precious Labels:-Home of Quality Customised Name Labels

Great quality at possibly the lower prices in the industry. Very durable labels that will last for a very very long time. 

Iron On clothing label starter bundle:- $16.99 for 37 labels or 46cents per label

https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product/clothing-label-starter-bundle-iron-on/

Clothing Label combo bundle (Iron on and stick on): $18.99 for 42 labels or 45.2cents per label. 

https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product/combo-clothing-label-starter-bundle/

Senior Starter Bundle : $18.99 for 40 labels or 47.5cents per label. 

https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product/senior-starter-bundle-2/

Call: 09 3930093 or admin@preciouslabels.co.nz for more info




No contracts for Resthome operators wanting to purchase our label bundles. Try out our bundles and if you don't like it then you can stop it anytime. But we are confident that you will like our labels.  Our bundles are very affordable and long lasting and we can customise the quantity or mix (clothing stick-on, clothing iron on, shoe labels and normal name stickers) to suit your needs. Plus we have different designs that your residents might find interesting. 

Just enquire @ admin@preciouslabels.co.nz. 

Precious Labels: Home of quality and affordable name labels (www.preciouslabels.co.nz)


 

We have some amazing offers going on at the moment, but hurry sales ends 10th Jan 2018!

Packs that might be of interest to you are:

Adults and Seniors bundle

(https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product-category/adults-seniors/)

and

Clothing Bundle (https://www.preciouslabels.co.nz/product-category/clothing-labels/)

Also checkout our other bundles by going to our home page www.preciouslabels.co.nz and then going to the order tab. 

We've had a great response so far, so thanks for those who have ordered from us, we appreciate your business! 

 

At Precious Labels we offer stick on name labels for clothing. These labels are laundry-safe, peel and stick-on clothing labels that require no ironing or sewing. These discreet sticky laundry labels are an easy way to keep your family’s clothing organized. Simply apply these durable custom clothing labels to care tags of shirts, trousers, undergarments and jackets. The label size is 22*9.5mm, but we can customise the size to your requirements.  We offer different designs to go with your label with the NZ fern being the most popular of them all.  But if you don't want any designs then plain ones are also available. 

See photos of our page on the eldernet site for a glimpse of these labels. 

See are xmas offer below:

We have a great Christmas Special! Hurry offer ends 10th Jan

We are taking 20% off on our "Senior starter label" bundle which reduces the price to $15.20 from $18.99. This bundle has 40 labels and covers clothes, shoes and other essential items.

We are also taking 20% off on our "Essential Bundle for Adults"  pack which reduces the price of this pack to $21.59 from $26.99. This bundle has 63 labels an covers labels of different sizes for clothes, shoes and other essential items.

Please click the Adults & Senior link under the "our products" tab of the home page www.preciouslabels.co.nz 

We also have great offers on clothing labels which includes both stick-on and iron-on labels. Please check our clothing labels link under the "our products" tab of the home page, www.preciouslabels.co.nz

Please enter promo code xmas17 (valid until 10 Jan 2018) at the top of the checkout page of the website to avail of this offer.  Contact us @ admin@preciouslabels.co.nz if you have any questions

Please don't hesitate to call us or email us for free samples of our labels for you to gauge the quality of our products.  

MiLife Kelvin Grove - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

18 days ago - Palmerston North 4414

Open Day 

Sunday 15 April 2018 

From 11am - 4pm

 

or for a pre-arranged appointment to view Monday - Friday please call Sue on 06 355 4665  

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

53 Brooklyn Heights Drive, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North

Call Sue Blewitt, Village Manager on (06) 355 4665

 visit our website: www.milife.co.nz

 

 


 


Kiwi Rehab - Equipment and Products

18 days ago - Auckland

Winter is fast approaching, get comfortable for those cold wet days and nights with a Lift chair from Kiwi Rehab.

Our Lift Chairs are designed to be the ultimate in lift chair comfort, style and performance.  Available in several beautiful fabrics and styles to fit any décor, Kiwi Lift Chairs also have a 2-year limited warranty.  The state-of-the-art lift system utilized in Kiwi Lift Chairs will recline you further than any other lift chair.  Plus, Kiwi Lift Chairs are equipped with an emergency battery backup should the power fail in your home.

The KiwiC1 is a 3 position, petite to small lift chair with fully removable upholstery components, (Please note: the 3 position is a full recline chair.)

The KiwiC6 Infinite position, medium to large chaise lounge chair with fully removable upholstery and dual motors which enable independent recline/ footrest function

The KiwiD30 is a 3 position, medium to large chaise lounge chair.

Harmans Lawyers - Professional Services

19 days ago - Christchurch

 To Will or not to Will?

Many people put off making a Will - it’s almost as if making a Will acknowledges one’s own mortality!  But if you die without a properly made Will, you are said to have died intestate and your estate will be settled according to the provisions of the Administration Act (“the Act”).  Under the provisions of the Act your estate will be divided in set proportions amongst your surviving spouse, children and/or immediate family.  Almost inevitably the result is that your estate is divided in a manner different to how you would have wished. On the other hand, if you have made a Will, you can relax in the comfort of knowing that your affairs will be administered in accordance with your wishes. 

As well as dealing with your property, your Will can also be used to give directions as to your preference for burial or cremation and the type of funeral you desire.  If you have young children, you should always take the opportunity to appoint a guardian to represent their interests in the event of your sudden death. 

If you have a child with special needs and it would be inadvisable for him or her to receive a direct cash payment from your estate, it is possible to set up a Testamentary Trust in your Will, to ensure that the child’s needs are met during their lifetime.  Upon their death, the remainder of the capital and interest of the Trust can then be divided among other beneficiaries.

Similarly, people will often choose to leave their surviving spouse a life interest only in their share of a house property or other investments, so that they enjoy the use of the asset (or the income from it) during the remainder of their lifetime, but on their death, the capital is passed to the children of the relationship. This can suit second or subsequent relationships and can have the additional benefit of the surviving spouse having less assets in their name if they are later asset tested for eligibility for a subsidy.

Even if you have a Will don’t forget that it is a document that needs to be reviewed from time to time as your circumstances change.  A good rule of thumb is to review every five years or if something significant happens in the meantime. There are certain events which make it absolutely essential to update your Will.  For example, if you marry or remarry, your Will is automatically revoked, unless it was made in contemplation of that marriage.  Likewise, if your relationship comes to an end or your marriage is dissolved, or if you have wound up your Family Trust your Will should be reviewed. Give Phillipa Shaw a call on 352-2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss how a new Will would be of benefit to you.

 

 

 

Rawhiti Estate - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

20 days ago - Auckland

Our first Open Home will be on 26th April 2018. To RSVP visit www.rawhitiestate.co.nz

Milton Court Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care (Secure)

20 days ago - Orewa, Auckland

                 

NEW SISTER rest home

Bethany Hill dementia care

 

We are proud to introduce our new sister dementia care facility, Bethany Hill Dementia Care. 

 

Bethany Hill is a 30-bed specialist dementia care rest home which provides a protected living environment for people who are affected by dementia and related disorders. We provide long term residential care, respite care, day care and care for under 65 with disability. We are set in a peaceful rural setting with magnificent southern views over Whangateau Harbour and Omaha Bay and beautiful native bushes and hills on our north and west boundaries. Our residents can enjoy watching the chickens and guinea fowls fossicking in the courtyard. Along the way, there are raised garden beds so residents can actively participate in gardening. The design maximises indoor-outdoor flow, with residents free to wander safely through the park-like surroundings without feeling confined. There are farm animals in the neighbouring paddocks, fruit trees and a vegetable garden which residents are encouraged to help tend. 

 

We have great support, positive feedbacks and confirmation from family members, health care teams and staff, and the DHB. Our commitment is for quality personal care and providing a warm, safe and comfortable environment for your loved one. We have specially trained staff to ensure our residents receive expert care and support, while respecting personal tastes, preferences and needs.

 

Please visit the website: www.bethanyhill.co.nz for more information.

 

Bookings are now being taken and warm welcome awaits



Milton Court Rest Home and Dementia Care - Rest Home Care

20 days ago - Orewa, Auckland

           

               NEW SISTER rest home

           Bethany Hill dementia care

 

We are proud to introduce our new sister dementia care facility, Bethany Hill Dementia Care. 

 

Bethany Hill is a 30-bed specialist dementia care rest home which provides a protected living environment for people who are affected by dementia and related disorders. We provide long term residential care, respite care, day care and care for under 65 with disability. We are set in a peaceful rural setting with magnificent southern views over Whangateau Harbour and Omaha Bay and beautiful native bushes and hills on our north and west boundaries. Our residents can enjoy watching the chickens and guinea fowls fossicking in the courtyard. Along the way, there are raised garden beds so residents can actively participate in gardening. The design maximises indoor-outdoor flow, with residents free to wander safely through the park-like surroundings without feeling confined. There are farm animals in the neighbouring paddocks, fruit trees and a vegetable garden which residents are encouraged to help tend. 

 

We have great support, positive feedbacks and confirmation from family members, health care teams and staff, and the DHB. Our commitment is for quality personal care and providing a warm, safe and comfortable environment for your loved one. We have specially trained staff to ensure our residents receive expert care and support, while respecting personal tastes, preferences and needs.

 

Please visit the website: www.bethanyhill.co.nz for more information.

 

Bookings are now being taken and warm welcome awaits


Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Rest Home Care

20 days ago - Nelson

March 2018:

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.

 
March 2018:
 
Dance and movement are beneficial in many ways, and especially enjoyable along with good friends and laughter.

 

December 2017:

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 member 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.

September 2017:

Aina Duro is our newest addition to the Tasman team. She is originally from the Philippines and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for nursing. She especially enjoys interacting with the residents and making their day special. A huge warm welcome to you Aina!

July 2017 - They say ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’. This photo speaks for itself about how much we enjoy keeping on our toes and enjoying the stunning environment life in Tasman has to offer.

Our Piano - July 2016


We love having a piano available for family, friends, entertainers and residents. We especially love seeing our musical residents engage and enjoy the powerful medium of music. It is so special to watch residents become so present in the moment, when they play our piano.
 

New website for Dementia Care NZ:



We have a wonderful new website and invite you to take a browse!
 
 
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.

 

 

 

 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT US?

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSON-CENTRED CARE HIGHLIGHTED AT OPENING OF TASMAN REST HOME 17/02/2012

 

Warmth, community spirit and a focus on the immense value of people with dementia were the hallmarks of the recent opening of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care. The official opening of the renewed and renovated facility began with a warmly welcoming Whaikorero (Blessing and Speech of Welcome) by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM, followed by a waiata. Interest in the new facility was intense among those present. Openness and an eagerness to share and be part of the occasion characterised the involvement of the Nelson community, who were excited about what the facility means in terms of the betterment of aged care in the area. The mayor of Nelson, Aldo Miccio, spoke passionately about the importance of catering for specialised needs of the ageing community, and the need to raise public awareness of the challenges the elderly can encounter. He reminded guests that the staff at Tasman are caring for some of the most vulnerable people among us, and need the support of the community in doing this important work. He emphasised the importance of developing understanding and empathy towards people with dementia, and of supporting them to remain an essential part of our community. Tasman director Alison Hume spoke from the heart about the right of people with dementia to a homely, tranquil and loving home where they are accepted, valued and respected. Her short address honoured the staff who have worked under difficult conditions during the year-long renovation process. Guests were invited to consider what makes a house a ‘home’, what positive things happen in their own home, and what each one of us associates with tranquil family times. This is the atmosphere the staff of Tasman are committed to creating for residents, who are supported by the loving and accepting ‘best friends’ approach to care. “We want this to be a place where people can relax and just ‘be’”, Alison Hume said. The opening of facility was hailed as a ‘truly special day’ for residential care in the Nelson area by National Director of Alzheimer’s NZ, Mr Johan Vos. The facility now offers a full continuum of care, which means that people with dementia are able to stay in one place as their needs change. The facility is also the only home in the NMDHB which offers hospital level dementia care. Mr Vos congratulated the management of Tasman, Tanya Tuscano and Andrew Sheard, and the NMDHB for the proactive way in which they have worked together to provide essential services for people with dementia in the area. The important service provided by Alzheimer’s Nelson in the areas of community education, information and support was also acknowledged. It was vital for local Alzheimer’s bodies to continue to work closely with residential care providers such as Tasman, said Mr Vos. Mr Vos commended Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care on its philosophy of care, which focuses on care in small homes and in so doing, creates an enhanced sense of wellbeing for a person with dementia. The importance of supporting independence, freedom of choice and the ability to continue with familiar and purposeful activities for people with dementia was also highlighted by Mr Vos. “A person with dementia is still a person that has a right to be treated with dignity, respect, love and compassion as we would any other human being.” The occasion was a celebration of the value and dignity of the elderly people in our community, and reflected the importance of providing them with the best possible care in a homely, loving environment.

 (photograph - Operations manager Andrew Sheard and Alzheimers New Zealand Director Johan Vos).

 

REDEVELOPMENT OF TASMAN REST HOME AND DEMENTIA CARE NOW COMPLETE

 

After a year of extensive work, the expansion and renewal of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care is now complete. It now provides a complete continuum of care.

 

Tasman offers general rest home care, dementia rest home care, and general hospital level care. It also provides specialised psychogeriatric care.

The refurbished 53-bed facility includes a 15-bed rest home/hospital, two 13-bed dementia homes and a 12-bed hospital specialised dementia home.

We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer 24 hour Registered Nurse coverage to all of our people at Tasman.

 

Following the redevelopment, there are currently rooms available at all levels of care.

 

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care will be officially opened on February 17 by Alzheimers New Zealand National Director, Johan Vos.

 

 

 LEE ANDREWS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, JOINS OUR STAFF

Lee Andrews has recently joined our staff as the Senior Occupational Therapist for the organisation, and as such will be working within, and regularly visiting, all our facilities.

 

Lee's main role is the provision of an occupational therapy service that enhances the quality of life of our residents. Much of this will be achieved through the ongoing development of, and leadership to, our Diversional Therapy Teams. Because Occupational Therapists specialise in occupational needs for people across the age-spectrum, it is Lee's responsibility to ensure that a balanced, meaningful and respectful programme of activities is offered to all our residents – be it within a group scenario or on an individual basis.

  

Lee comes to this position with a background in, and passion for, dementia, and will bring inspiration and guidance to all staff working with our residents, in order to enrich their lives.

 

 

WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR MOVE INTO TASMAN BY WAY OF HELPING TO MOVE FURNITURE, PERSONAL BELONGINGS FROM HOME AND WITH LABELING CLOTHING.

WE UNDERSTAND HOW STRESSFULL AND TIME CONSUMING A MOVE INTO CARE CAN BE.

 

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Psychogeriatric Care

20 days ago - Nelson

March 2018:

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.

 
 
March 2018:
 
Dance and movement are beneficial in many ways, and especially enjoyable along with good friends and laughter.
 
December 2017:
 
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 member 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.
 
September 2017:
 
The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This years memory walk in Nelson was held in Founders Heritage park. Founder’s heritage Park is a museum which houses old original structures and replica buildings here in Nelson. A number of our residents and staff participated this year and had such a happy time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.

 

September 2017:

Aina Duro is our newest addition to the Tasman team. She is originally from the Philippines and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for nursing. She especially enjoys interacting with the residents and making their day special. A huge warm welcome to you Aina!

July 2017 - They say ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’. This photo speaks for itself about how much we enjoy keeping on our toes and enjoying the stunning environment life in Tasman has to offer.

Our Piano - July 2016


We love having a piano available for family, friends, entertainers and residents. We especially love seeing our musical residents engage and enjoy the powerful medium of music. Music is one of the last things that we forget. It is so special to watch residents become so present in the moment, when they play our piano.

 

 




New website for Dementia Care NZ:



We have a wonderful new website and invite you to take a browse!
 
 
 
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.

 

 

 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT US?

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASMAN REST HOME AND DEMENTIA CARE HAS RECENTLY UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS AND LANDSCAPING.

WE HAVE LOVELY NEW OPEN PLAN KITCHENS FOR OUR PEOPLE PROVIDING A STRONGER SENSE OF HOMELINESS AND FURTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR HOMELY ACTIVITIES.

OUR RESIDENTS ARE GREATLY ENJOYING BEING A PART OF 'THE RUNNING' OF THEIR HOME.

THE NEWLY LANDSCAPED GARDEN PATHS AND CHOICE OF PLACES TO SIT IN THE GARDENS, ARE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WITH THE WARMER WEATHER.

 

PERSON-CENTRED CARE HIGHLIGHTED AT OPENING OF TASMAN REST HOME 17/02/2012

 

Warmth, community spirit and a focus on the immense value of people with dementia were the hallmarks of the recent opening of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care. The official opening of the renewed and renovated facility began with a warmly welcoming Whaikorero (Blessing and Speech of Welcome) by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM, followed by a waiata. Interest in the new facility was intense among those present. Openness and an eagerness to share and be part of the occasion characterised the involvement of the Nelson community, who were excited about what the facility means in terms of the betterment of aged care in the area. The mayor of Nelson, Aldo Miccio, spoke passionately about the importance of catering for specialised needs of the ageing community, and the need to raise public awareness of the challenges the elderly can encounter. He reminded guests that the staff at Tasman are caring for some of the most vulnerable people among us, and need the support of the community in doing this important work. He emphasised the importance of developing understanding and empathy towards people with dementia, and of supporting them to remain an essential part of our community. Tasman director Alison Hume spoke from the heart about the right of people with dementia to a homely, tranquil and loving home where they are accepted, valued and respected. Her short address honoured the staff who have worked under difficult conditions during the year-long renovation process. Guests were invited to consider what makes a house a ‘home’, what positive things happen in their own home, and what each one of us associates with tranquil family times. This is the atmosphere the staff of Tasman are committed to creating for residents, who are supported by the loving and accepting ‘best friends’ approach to care. “We want this to be a place where people can relax and just ‘be’”, Alison Hume said. The opening of facility was hailed as a ‘truly special day’ for residential care in the Nelson area by National Director of Alzheimer’s NZ, Mr Johan Vos. The facility now offers a full continuum of care, which means that people with dementia are able to stay in one place as their needs change. The facility is also the only home in the NMDHB which offers hospital level dementia care. Mr Vos congratulated the management of Tasman, Tanya Tuscano and Andrew Sheard, and the NMDHB for the proactive way in which they have worked together to provide essential services for people with dementia in the area. The important service provided by Alzheimer’s Nelson in the areas of community education, information and support was also acknowledged. It was vital for local Alzheimer’s bodies to continue to work closely with residential care providers such as Tasman, said Mr Vos. Mr Vos commended Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care on its philosophy of care, which focuses on care in small homes and in so doing, creates an enhanced sense of wellbeing for a person with dementia. The importance of supporting independence, freedom of choice and the ability to continue with familiar and purposeful activities for people with dementia was also highlighted by Mr Vos. “A person with dementia is still a person that has a right to be treated with dignity, respect, love and compassion as we would any other human being.” The occasion was a celebration of the value and dignity of the elderly people in our community, and reflected the importance of providing them with the best possible care in a homely, loving environment.

 (photograph - Operations manager Andrew Sheard and Alzheimers New Zealand Director Johan Vos).

 

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Hospital Care

20 days ago - Nelson

March 2018:

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.

 
 
March 2018:
 
Dance and movement are beneficial in many ways, and especially enjoyable along with good friends and laughter.
 
December 2017:
 
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 member 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.
 
 
September 2017:
 
 
The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This years memory walk in Nelson was held in Founders Heritage park. Founder’s heritage Park is a museum which houses old original structures and replica buildings here in Nelson. A number of our residents and staff participated this year and had such a happy time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.

 

September 2017:

Aina Duro is our newest addition to the Tasman team. She is originally from the Philippines and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for nursing. She especially enjoys interacting with the residents and making their day special. A huge warm welcome to you Aina!

July 2017 - They say ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’. This photo speaks for itself about how much we enjoy keeping on our toes and enjoying the stunning environment life in Tasman has to offer.

 

Our Piano - July 2016

We love having a piano available for family, friends, entertainers and residents. We especially love seeing our musical residents engage and enjoy the powerful medium of music. Music is one of the last things that we forget. It is so special to watch residents become so present in the moment, when they play our piano.

 

 





New website for Dementia Care NZ:



We have a wonderful new website and invite you to take a browse!
 

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care (Secure) (Care is provided in two small and homely units)

20 days ago - Nelson

 

March 2018:

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.

 
March 2018:

Dance and movement are beneficial in many ways, and especially enjoyable along with good friends and laughter.
 
December 2017:
 
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 member 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.
 
September 2017:
 
The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This years memory walk in Nelson was held in Founders Heritage park. Founder’s heritage Park is a museum which houses old original structures and replica buildings here in Nelson. A number of our residents and staff participated this year and had such a happy time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.



September 2017:

Aina Duro is our newest addition to the Tasman team. She is originally from the Philippines and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for nursing. She especially enjoys interacting with the residents and making their day special. A huge warm welcome to you Aina!


July 2017 - They say ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’. This photo speaks for itself about how much we enjoy keeping on our toes and enjoying the stunning environment life in Tasman has to offer.




Our Piano - July 2016


We love having a piano available for family, friends, entetainers and residents. We especially love seeing our musical residents engage and enjoy the powerful medium of music. Music is one of the last things that we forget. It is so special to watch residents become so present in the moment, when they play our piano.
 
 
 
 New website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new website and invite you to take a browse!
 
 
 
 
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.

 

 

 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT US?

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

PERSON-CENTRED CARE HIGHLIGHTED AT OPENING OF TASMAN REST HOME

17/02/2012

Warmth, community spirit and a focus on the immense value of people with dementia were the hallmarks of the recent opening of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care.

The official opening of the renewed and renovated facility began with a warmly welcoming Whaikorero (Blessing and Speech of Welcome) by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM, followed by a waiata.

Interest in the new facility was intense among those present. Openness and an eagerness to share and be part of the occasion characterised the involvement of the Nelson community, who were excited about what the facility means in terms of the betterment of aged care in the area.

The mayor of Nelson, Aldo Miccio, spoke passionately about the importance of catering for specialised needs of the ageing community, and the need to raise public awareness of the challenges the elderly can encounter. He reminded guests that the staff at Tasman are caring for some of the most vulnerable people among us, and need the support of the community in doing this important work. He emphasised the importance of developing understanding and empathy towards people with dementia, and of supporting them to remain an essential part of our community.

Tasman director Alison Hume spoke from the heart about the right of people with dementia to a homely, tranquil and loving home where they are accepted, valued and respected. Her short address honoured the staff who have worked under difficult conditions during the year-long renovation process. Guests were invited to consider what makes a house a ‘home’, what positive things happen in their own home, and what each one of us associates with tranquil family times. This is the atmosphere the staff of Tasman are committed to creating for residents, who are supported by the loving and accepting ‘best friends’ approach to care.

“We want this to be a place where people can relax and just ‘be’”, Alison Hume said.

The opening of facility was hailed as a ‘truly special day’ for residential care in the Nelson area by National Director of Alzheimer’s NZ, Mr Johan Vos.

The facility now offers a full continuum of care, which means that people with dementia are able to stay in one place as their needs change. The facility is also the only home in the NMDHB which offers hospital level dementia care.

Mr Vos congratulated the management of Tasman, Tanya Tuscano and Andrew Sheard, and the NMDHB for the proactive way in which they have worked together to provide essential services for people with dementia in the area.

The important service provided by Alzheimer’s Nelson in the areas of community education, information and support was also acknowledged. It was vital for local Alzheimer’s bodies to continue to work closely with residential care providers such as Tasman, said Mr Vos.

Mr Vos commended Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care on its philosophy of care, which focuses on care in small homes and in so doing, creates an enhanced sense of wellbeing for a person with dementia.

The importance of supporting independence, freedom of choice and the ability to continue with familiar and purposeful activities for people with dementia was also highlighted by Mr Vos. “A person with dementia is still a person that has a right to be treated with dignity, respect, love and compassion as we would any other human being.”

The occasion was a celebration of the value and dignity of the elderly people in our community, and reflected the importance of providing them with the best possible care in a homely, loving environment.

 

(photograph - Operations manager Andrew Sheard and Alzheimers New Zealand Director Johan Vos).

 

 

 

TASMAN REST HOME AND DEMENTIA CARE HAS RECENTLY UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS AND LANDSCAPING.

WE HAVE LOVELY NEW OPEN PLAN KITCHENS FOR OUR PEOPLE PROVIDING A STRONGER SENSE OF HOMELINESS AND FURTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR HOMELY ACTIVITIES.

OUR RESIDENTS ARE GREATLY ENJOYING BEING A PART OF 'THE RUNNING' OF THEIR HOME.

THE NEWLY LANDSCAPED GARDEN PATHS AND CHOICE OF PLACES TO SIT IN THE GARDENS, ARE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WITH THE WARMER WEATHER.

 

WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR MOVE INTO TASMAN BY WAY OF HELPING TO MOVE FURNITURE, PERSONAL BELONGINGS FROM HOME AND WITH LABELING CLOTHING.

WE UNDERSTAND HOW STRESSFULL AND TIME CONSUMING A MOVE INTO CARE CAN BE.

Millvale House Waikanae - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care (Two small care units)

20 days ago - Waikanae


 

March 2018:

 

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.



March 2018:

We are so proud of our team here at Millvale House Waikanae. 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.

December 2017:

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 member 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.


October 2017:

The residents at Millvale House Waikanae are like family to me. What I love most about my job as a Caregiver is the opportunity to help others, to provide loving personal care, give support and assist with the simple activities of daily life. It is so fulfilling to share in people’s lives as they become older and more dependent on the care of others. Rose.

 

August 2017:

This gentleman, who has dementia, comes from a background in the hospitality industry. It is wonderful to see his sense of pride and purpose when helping out with familiar activities in the home.




The team at Millvale House Waikanae are thrilled to announce that they have recently achieved four years audit certification. This is the highest achievable  result from a certification audit. 17/02/2014

New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz

 

 

 

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.
 
 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS....

 

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT US?

 

  • 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.

 

This week I have been pondering on something that I read recently.  It went something like this:  Everything that we think and do as an individual person has an effect on the service we give.  I find this rather challenging.  For me, it means that my thoughts and my actions in every area of my life have an affect on the care given at Millvale House.

 

It follows on from something we have sometimes talked about in our management team meetings.  Millvale House reflects who we are as people.  Our vision and values are personal statements about what we believe is important and what we strive to achieve. Members of our staff team are at the forefront of the care we offer to your loved ones.  I want to maximize the chances of each of them reflecting the Millvale House vision and values in all that they do. 

 

We do this by talking about our vision and values before engaging any new employee.  Each staff member participates in a session with me about the meaning of our vision and values, talking about examples and sharing stories of how these have been implemented.  Every employee is participating in training sessions on the “Best Friends Approach to Care.”  In these four sessions participants talk about how to treat each resident as if he/she is our very best friend.  We assist each other to develop the knack of being alongside a person who has dementia.  These are fun, interactive sessions.  We talk of our vision and values at every opportunity.

 

At our recent team gathering, after dinner, a handout generated from Avonside Girls in Christchurch was shared.  It was headed “10 secrets to success.”  Each person was asked to share one statement that really stood out for them.  A number of people chose “Treat each person as though he/she is the most important person in the world.”   What a challenge!!  Imagine what Millvale House would be like if we all did this.  Imagine what Christchurch would be like.  Imagine what a different world we would live in. 

 

Several members of our Millvale House staff teams have just begun a ten week leadership development course.  This is being facilitated by an external company, specializing in people development - Vargo and Lewis.  The people chosen to participate in this show huge leadership potential. We need leaders functioning at all levels and roles within Millvale House and we feel very fortunate indeed to have these people within our teams.  There is a real buzz of excitement and anticipation about these people right now.

 

You, as family members and friends of the people who live here are extremely important to us.  Quite often you make your loved ones day.  People coming in and out make our homes interesting places to be.  Quite often you make our day lighter as well.  A friendly hello and an interest in the Millvale House communities are really helpful to all of us.   I hope that you are always welcomed and cared for when you visit. 

 

It is a great privilege to be caring for your loved ones and I take this responsibility very seriously.  This work that we do takes all that I have – it takes my heart and my soul.  It is very rewarding work.  It is work that I love.  Thank you for trusting all of us at Millvale House to care for your loved one.

 

Alison Hume.

Millvale House Levin - Dementia Care NZ - Hospital Care

20 days ago - Levin

 

March 2018:

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.

 

March 2018:

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.


December 2017

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.


October 2017:

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.

 

 August 2017:

 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.

December 2016

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.



 

November 2016

 

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.




November 2016


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

 

Warmest Greetings

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millvale House Levin - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

20 days ago - Levin

 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. 

March 2018:

 

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.



December 2017:

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.


October 2017:

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.

 

September 2017: 

Celebrating our skills and reminiscing about past roles is important to us at Millvale House Levin. This image shows a beautiful posy being made by one of our residents who used to work as a florist. Everyone enjoyed watching how skilfully she created it.

August 2017:

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.

December 2016

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 



November 2016

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.

 

November 2016

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

 

Warmest Greetings

 

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)

 

 

 

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

Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

20 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 2018:

 

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.

 

 


 

 March 2018:

 

There is nothing nicer than a home-made fresh fruit ice block on a scorching day! We had great fun making these with our residents recently at Avonlea.

 

 


January 2018:

Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card writing is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Avonlea we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card in the handwriting of a person you love.


December 2017:

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.




October 2017:

 

Recently at Avonlea we had a “Pink Day”. This was not only to acknowledge breast cancer awareness but also just to have some extra fun together. Residents and staff dressed in pink and purple and we decorated the home with pink balloons, used pink serviettes and enjoyed pink Lamingtons. Our Diversional Therapist Jo enjoyed making some amazing enormous pink flowers with residents to decorate our spring-themed rooms. Even nature joined in with a stunning display of pink blossom on our flowering cherry tree!



October 2017:

At Avonlea we have a lovely new raised planter in the garden. During winter we planted Bokchoy and through the cold winter months we enjoyed watching it grow and flourish. Recently it was ready to pick and with much anticipation we made stir fry to share. Things always taste better out of your own garden made together with love!

 

August 2017:

All of us were absolutely delighted with a visit from Rosie a pet lamb for the day. Hugs and shared stories of youth followed. Many residents enjoyed helping with the 2 hourly bottle feeding! Rosie was wearing a nappy which brought much laughter from everyone

August 2017:

Recently we got together on a winters afternoon to make pine cone bird feeders. This was a lovely opportunity to chat and reminisce about what our gardens were like at home and our favorite types of birds. There’s nothing lovelier to welcome in Spring than birdsong in our garden.

 Spring at Avonlea - October 2016

Welcome to Spring at Avonlea. Its so nice to see all the blossom trees in flower and enjoying the spring flowers even though the weather has been unpredictable at times. We are busy enjoying our spring activities and recently we took several van loads out to Hadstock’s farm to pick daffodils. Residents had a lot of fun and brought back many buckets of daffodils to share with everyone else, all the units looked colourful and smelt wonderful for several days.

Our Activities team has been busy with several ongoing projects. In Mahal we have enjoyed making a little area with a wheelbarrow garden, bridge and gnomes for residents to enjoy looking at.

 

We have a “Mens Club” up and running with activities aimed at things our men like to do, example are painting, gardening, separate van outings, walking club and arts and crafts more aimed at men, we always welcome your suggestions.

We have continued to expand our exercise programme with the help of our physio therapist and encourage residents to engage in “moving” even if sitting in a chair and have fun at the same time. Please feel free to join in if you are visiting at the time.

In the last couple of weeks we have worked along residents, families and staff to turn one of our rooms in Ofa into a ‘Memory Room”.  This special room has items from the 50s and 60s for all of us to enjoy and reminisce. We thank everyone who has denoted items to help bring this room to life. We encourage all families from any unit to take your loved on to the room and enjoy a cuppa and share memories together, just ask staff if you require any help.

Charisma and Sue.

24th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!


Hospital dementia care home opening  date for  Avonlea


We are pleased to announce that our new 11 bed specialised dementia hospital home at Avonlea, will be open and ready for admissions during the week beginning March 31st.
This new dementia hospital will meet the needs of residents whose dementia progresses to the stage where they are reassessed as needing a higher, more specialised level of care
Care is delivered in a small, warm and homely atmosphere in keeping with our small homes concept. There is an open plan kitchen for activities and a sense of homeliness.  The home opens out onto a pleasant and inviting courtyard. There are garden paths to walk and beautiful trees to sit under.
Our organization has considerable existing expertise in hospital dementia care, which we provide at six of our eight facilities country-wide. We have an established reputation for experience and excellence in this level of care.
We are proud and excited that at Avonlea can now offer a complete continuum of dementia care, to the community and that our residents will no longer need to move on to other facilities as their care needs change.
We welcome your enquiry and are more than happy to meet with those of you interested in viewing our home.
For further information, enquiries or bookings, please call Donya Nee on 0272776882 or Kirsty Hart on 03 338 0202 x 1.
Warmest regards
                                                    
Kirsty Hart   

Operations Manager

 

Charisma Roblete

Clinical manager





Hospital dementia care to be offered at Avonlea

Following the successful introduction of hospital care in April last year, we are excited to announce that we will soon add Dementia Hospital care to the services we provide at Avonlea. This will be provided in Aroha.

This new dementia hospital will meet the needs of residents whose dementia progresses to the stage where they are reassessed as needing a higher, more specialised level of care. Now these residents will be able to remain in Avonlea, in surroundings which are familiar and cared for by people who know them well and understand them. This brings much comfort to their families also.

Our organization has considerable existing expertise in hospital dementia care, which we provide at six of our eight facilities country-wide. We have an established reputation for experience and excellence in this level of care.

A minor audit focusing on the MOH requirements for dementia hospital care will take place on 4th February.

Aroha will close on 7th February for alterations. We hope that the building work will be completed within six weeks, and that our new dementia hospital home will fill rapidly thereafter. We will do our very best to keep disruption to a minimum during this time.

We are proud and excited that at Avonlea we will soon offer a complete continuum of dementia care, and that our residents will no longer need to move on to other facilities as their care needs change.

Please do not hesitate to come and see either one of us if you have any concerns relating to this change, or any questions.

Warmest regards

Kirsty Hart - Operation Manager


Charisma Roblete - Clinical Manager

Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ - Hospital Care

20 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 2018:

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.

 

 March 2018:

There is nothing nicer than a home-made fresh fruit ice block on a scorching day! We had great fun making these with our residents recently at Avonlea.

 

January 2018:

Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card writing is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Avonlea we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card in the handwriting of a person you love.

 

December:

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.

 

October 2017:

Recently at Avonlea we had a “Pink Day”. This was not only to acknowledge breast cancer awareness but also just to have some extra fun together. Residents and staff dressed in pink and purple and we decorated the home with pink balloons, used pink serviettes and enjoyed pink Lamingtons. Our Diversional Therapist Jo enjoyed making some amazing enormous pink flowers with residents to decorate our spring-themed rooms. Even nature joined in with a stunning display of pink blossom on our flowering cherry tree!




October 2017:

At Avonlea we have a lovely new raised planter in the garden. During winter we planted Bokchoy and through the cold winter months we enjoyed watching it grow and flourish. Recently it was ready to pick and with much anticipation we made stir fry to share. Things always taste better out of your own garden made together with love!

 

August 2017:

All of us were absolutely delighted with a visit from Rosie a pet lamb for the day. Hugs and shared stories of youth followed. Many residents enjoyed helping with the 2 hourly bottle feeding! Rosie was wearing a nappy which brought much laughter from everyone

August 2017:

Recently we got together on a winters afternoon to make pine cone bird feeders. This was a lovely opportunity to chat and reminisce about what our gardens were like at home and our favorite types of birds. There’s nothing lovelier to welcome in Spring than birdsong in our garden.

 Spring at Avonlea - October 2016

 

Welcome to Spring at Avonlea. Its so nice to see all the blossom trees in flower and enjoying the spring flowers even though the weather has been unpredictable at times. We are busy enjoying our spring activities and recently we took several van loads out to Hadstock’s farm to pick daffodils. Residents had a lot of fun and brought back many buckets of daffodils to share with everyone else, all the units looked colourful and smelt wonderful for several days.

 

Our Activities team has been busy with several ongoing projects. In Mahal we have enjoyed making a little area with a wheelbarrow garden, bridge and gnomes for residents to enjoy looking at.

 

 

 

We have a “Mens Club” up and running with activities aimed at things our men like to do, example are painting, gardening, separate van outings, walking club and arts and crafts more aimed at men, we always welcome your suggestions.

 

We have continued to expand our exercise programme with the help of our physio therapist and encourage residents to engage in “moving” even if sitting in a chair and have fun at the same time. Please feel free to join in if you are visiting at the time.

 

In the last couple of weeks we have worked along residents, families and staff to turn one of our rooms in Ofa into a ‘Memory Room”.  This special room has items from the 50s and 60s for all of us to enjoy and reminisce. We thank everyone who has denoted items to help bring this room to life. We encourage all families from any unit to take your loved on to the room and enjoy a cuppa and share memories together, just ask staff if you require any help.

Charisma and Sue.




13th January 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

Hospital dementia care to be offered at Avonlea

Following the successful introduction of hospital care in April last year, we are excited to announce that we will soon add Dementia Hospital care to the services we provide at Avonlea. This will be provided in Aroha.

This new dementia hospital will meet the needs of residents whose dementia progresses to the stage where they are reassessed as needing a higher, more specialised level of care. Now these residents will be able to remain in Avonlea, in surroundings which are familiar and cared for by people who know them well and understand them. This brings much comfort to their families also.

Our organization has considerable existing expertise in hospital dementia care, which we provide at six of our eight facilities country-wide. We have an established reputation for experience and excellence in this level of care.

A minor audit focusing on the MOH requirements for dementia hospital care will take place on 4th February.

Aroha will close on 7th February for alterations. We hope that the building work will be completed within six weeks, and that our new dementia hospital home will fill rapidly thereafter. We will do our very best to keep disruption to a minimum during this time.

We are proud and excited that at Avonlea we will soon offer a complete continuum of dementia care, and that our residents will no longer need to move on to other facilities as their care needs change.

Please do not hesitate to come and see either one of us if you have any concerns relating to this change, or any questions.

Warmest regards

Kirsty Hart                                                                                           Charisma Roblete
Operations Manager                                                                      Clinical Manager

.

 
 
New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz

Avonlea now has an end of life contract
 
This means that a person who is terminally ill is able to come and be cared for at Avonlea. Please contact our Clinical Manager Charisma if you have any questions about this service.
 
 
 
AGE CONCERN POSITIVE AGEING EXPO SEPTEMBER 30TH:
 
We are very excited to be holding an information stall at the Age Concern, positive Ageing expo on September 30th. It is always such a superb event with many interesting contributors. It is also a wonderful way to connect with our community. we hope to see you there!
(Photograph: Kirsty Hart, Operations Manager from Avonlea Dementia Care rest home and Hospital and Sue Denton, Operations Manger from Admatha Dementia Care at the recent Age Concern Seniors Expo)

 

 

LATEST AUDIT RESULTS: 16/09/2013

 

It's official! Avonlea has yet again obtained four year certification from the ministry of health. This is the highest achievable level of certification. CONGRATULATIONS AVONLEA!

 

13th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

HOSPITAL LEVEL CARE FOR AVONLEA

We are writing to advise you about an important extension of the service we provide at Avonlea.

We have recently undertaken a special audit to enable us to provide hospital level care at Avonlea. This will be in addition to the dementia rest home level care we currently provide.

Hospital level care will be provided in the small home we call Mahal, and will represent a significant extension of  the service we currently provide at Avonlea.  

There will now be a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The addition of hospital level care to our services at Avonlea brings us a step further to our goal of providing a complete continuum of care. This means that when our residents become more frail and require hospital care they will be able to stay on at Avonlea.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and with the people 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.

The new level of care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards which have earned Avonlea 4 year Ministry of Health Audit Certification.

We welcome your questions or comments.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kirsty Hart                                                           Kathy Cargill

Operations Manager                                      Clinical Manager

 

 

 

 

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of our new general hospital level care  home at Avonlea. We are now able to offer this continuum of care to all of our residents, should their needs change.

Our small hospital is in keeping with our other small and comfortable homes. There is an open plan kitchen, garden paths, a fire to sit beside in winter and most importantly....a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ - Dementia Care (Secure)

20 days ago - Christchurch

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

March 2018:

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.

 

 

March 2018:

There is nothing nicer than a home-made fresh fruit ice block on a scorching day! We had great fun making these with our residents recently at Avonlea.

 

January 2018:

 

Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card writing is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Avonlea we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card in the handwriting of a person you love.

December 2017:

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.

October 2017:

Recently at Avonlea we had a “Pink Day”. This was not only to acknowledge breast cancer awareness but also just to have some extra fun together. Residents and staff dressed in pink and purple and we decorated the home with pink balloons, used pink serviettes and enjoyed pink Lamingtons. Our Diversional Therapist Jo enjoyed making some amazing enormous pink flowers with residents to decorate our spring-themed rooms. Even nature joined in with a stunning display of pink blossom on our flowering cherry tree!


October:

 

At Avonlea we have a lovely new raised planter in the garden. During winter we planted Bokchoy and through the cold winter months we enjoyed watching it grow and flourish. Recently it was ready to pick and with much anticipation we made stir fry to share. Things always taste better out of your own garden made together with love!



 

 

August 2017:

All of us were absolutely delighted with a visit from Rosie a pet lamb for the day. Hugs and shared stories of youth followed. Many residents enjoyed helping with the 2 hourly bottle feeding! Rosie was wearing a nappy which brought much laughter from everyone


August 2017:

Recently we got together on a winters afternoon to make pine cone bird feeders. This was a lovely opportunity to chat and reminisce about what our gardens were like at home and our favorite types of birds. There’s nothing lovelier to welcome in Spring than birdsong in our garden.


 Spring at Avonlea - October 2016

Welcome to Spring at Avonlea. Its so nice to see all the blossom trees in flower and enjoying the spring flowers even though the weather has been unpredictable at times. We are busy enjoying our spring activities and recently we took several van loads out to Hadstock’s farm to pick daffodils. Residents had a lot of fun and brought back many buckets of daffodils to share with everyone else, all the units looked colourful and smelt wonderful for several days.

Our Activities team has been busy with several ongoing projects. In Mahal we have enjoyed making a little area with a wheelbarrow garden, bridge and gnomes for residents to enjoy looking at.

 

We have a “Mens Club” up and running with activities aimed at things our men like to do, example are painting, gardening, separate van outings, walking club and arts and crafts more aimed at men, we always welcome your suggestions.

We have continued to expand our exercise programme with the help of our physio therapist and encourage residents to engage in “moving” even if sitting in a chair and have fun at the same time. Please feel free to join in if you are visiting at the time.

In the last couple of weeks we have worked along residents, families and staff to turn one of our rooms in Ofa into a ‘Memory Room”.  This special room has items from the 50s and 60s for all of us to enjoy and reminisce. We thank everyone who has denoted items to help bring this room to life. We encourage all families from any unit to take your loved on to the room and enjoy a cuppa and share memories together, just ask staff if you require any help.

Charisma and Sue.



July 2016



We love creative activities at Avonlea. A recent favorite winter activity has been painting and decorating pine cones. These are then used as a tactile resource and placed inside 'fiddle baskets' for our residents in the dementia hospital. Our residents loved contributing and helping with this project.

  

 

 

13th January 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

Hospital dementia care to be offered at Avonlea

Following the successful introduction of hospital care in April last year, we are excited to announce that we will soon add Dementia Hospital care to the services we provide at Avonlea. This will be provided in Aroha.

This new dementia hospital will meet the needs of residents whose dementia progresses to the stage where they are reassessed as needing a higher, more specialised level of care. Now these residents will be able to remain in Avonlea, in surroundings which are familiar and cared for by people who know them well and understand them. This brings much comfort to their families also.

Our organization has considerable existing expertise in hospital dementia care, which we provide at six of our eight facilities country-wide. We have an established reputation for experience and excellence in this level of care.

A minor audit focusing on the MOH requirements for dementia hospital care will take place on 4th February.

Aroha will close on 7th February for alterations. We hope that the building work will be completed within six weeks, and that our new dementia hospital home will fill rapidly thereafter. We will do our very best to keep disruption to a minimum during this time.

We are proud and excited that at Avonlea we will soon offer a complete continuum of dementia care, and that our residents will no longer need to move on to other facilities as their care needs change.

Please do not hesitate to come and see either one of us if you have any concerns relating to this change, or any questions.

Warmest regards

Kirsty Hart                                                                                           Charisma Roblete
Operations Manager                                                                      Clinical Manager

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New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz

AGE CONCERN POSITIVE AGEING EXPO SEPTEMBER 30TH:
 
We are very excited to be holding an information stall at the Age Concern, positive Ageing expo on September 30th. It is always such a superb event with many interesting contributors. It is also a wonderful way to connect with our community. we hope to see you there!
(Photograph: Kirsty Hart, Operations Manager from Avonlea Dementia Care rest home and Hospital and Sue Denton, Operations Manger from Admatha Dementia Care at the recent Age Concern Seniors Expo)

 

LATEST AUDIT RESULTS: 16/09/2013

 

It's official! Avonlea has yet again obtained four year certification from the ministry of health. This is the highest achievable level of certification. CONGRATULATIONS AVONLEA!

 

 

   
   

Avonlea’s first bake-off for 2013 has just officially ended – and what a day it’s been!

For the past couple of hours our six small homes have been alive with excitement, concentration, engagement and smells as teams of care staff, assisted by family members and residents, vied for the honour of first place.

Our cook Rowena performed the judging based on presentation, texture and lastly taste, with the grand winner being Cherry Lu with her divine tiramisu . Runner up were Sammy and Anita with their exquisite and unique vegetarian cake!

What an exciting event! Now our residents get to make the final judgement when they enjoy the cakes for Coffee Club tomorrow. What a superb effort by all. Many thanks to our families and residents who helped with recipes, tips and ideas.

Cherry’s winning tiramisu recipe will be up on Facebook for all to share soon!

So, Dementia Care NZ teams, who’s having the next bake-off?

 

   
 
 
 
   
   
 

13th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

HOSPITAL LEVEL CARE FOR AVONLEA

We are writing to advise you about an important extension of the service we provide at Avonlea.

We have recently undertaken a special audit to enable us to provide hospital level care at Avonlea. This will be in addition to the dementia rest home level care we currently provide.

Hospital level care will be provided in the small home we call Mahal, and will represent a significant extension of  the service we currently provide at Avonlea.  

There will now be a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The addition of hospital level care to our services at Avonlea brings us a step further to our goal of providing a complete continuum of care. This means that when our residents become more frail and require hospital care they will be able to stay on at Avonlea.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and with the people 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.

The new level of care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards which have earned Avonlea 4 year Ministry of Health Audit Certification.

We welcome your questions or comments.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kirsty Hart                                                           Kathy Cargill

Operations Manager                                      Clinical Manager

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
One of our Avonlea Diversional Therapist Trainees had the wonderful idea of making Salt Dough Christmas decorations. The whole team were excited about the idea and gave it a go. Needless to say, we had a winning idea.
Not only did this activity prove to be fun and creative, but kneading the dough, cutting out shapes, and carefully painting them was a healing and therapeutic activity for many of our residents.
 
 Lauren Thompson, Head Diversional Therapist, Avonlea.
 

 

 

 

The garden at Avonlea is simply teeming with seasonal treats at the moment that the residents have been loving to discover. Pink alstroemeria, peonies in red and yellow, ice poppies, rhododendron, purple hydrangeas, valerian, roses and Christmas lilies. The glory of the garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH:

Donya Nee and Lauren Thompson at the recent Age Concern positive aging expo in Christchurch - 01st October.

 

 

 Exercise Programme

 

After many months of discussion and planning, a four week training course for staff took place in March at Admatha and Avonlea in Christchurch on how to introduce regular exercise for residents into our dementia facilities. 

The course was facilitated by Janet Earle, Registered Physiotherapist, who knows our residents and staff well from her weekly visits to both Admatha and Avonlea.  Janet has vast experience in the area of falls prevention, and has worked extensively with the elderly and with people who have dementia.

This opportunity was met with great enthusiasm by the staff of both Christchurch facilities, with a pleasing attendance of Caregivers, Registered Nurses and Diversional Therapy trainees at the sessions. 

The training covered a range of topics over the four weeks, from the benefits of exercise to the elderly, through which specific exercises to include and which to avoid. Janet summarised the main benefits to our residents as being the “Four F’s”… Fitness, Freedom, Falls Prevention, and Fun! 

It was envisaged that at the completion of the course, staff would have a greater  understanding of exercise  benefits, together with the tools to assist with incorporating increased exercise and movement into our residents’ daily routine.  It is envisaged that exercise will take place throughout the day. However, there will be a distinct focus on movement to music during the mid to late afternoon, when many of our residents struggle with ‘sundowning’ symptoms of dementia.

We are now getting ready to introduce this programme to people in facilities in other areas.

We plan to review the success of the training and exercise programme later in the year.  Additionally, we intend to carry out some comparative evidence-based research to establish whether there have been any tangible benefits to our residents, such as a decrease in falls, as a result of the programme.

 

Trainee Diversional Therapist Kim Prasad engages residents in an lively exercise session

 

The Rug Project at Avonlea

 

The rug project is one that has proven to be very exciting and inspiring for those who live at Avonlea. It has encouraged people to maintain a lifelong hobby and skill, and also promotes dexterity. We have found it to be a soothing exercise for people who have a tendency to be unsettled.

 

At Avonlea, we often come across random bits of clever knitting. It is wonderful to encourage these pieces into a further project where the enjoyment leading up to completion is felt, and the completion is noticed and celebrated. This project has been embraced by some of our younger residents and has also been enjoyed by our lower functioning residents. 

 

Blankets are made by knitting squares and rectangles of all sizes, and are stitched together by a simple, memorable blanket stitch. My personal motto for this project is to "Keep it simple, as simple often works best." It has certainly proven to be true! We currently have three rugs on the go, and are continually adding appropriate pieces. I would love to encourage hats and scarves also, as I feel that would be a brilliant complimentary project.

 

We intend the rugs to go to the Christchurch City Mission to assist families in need. I wish this to be an ongoing contribution, as long as we have people knitting - we want the knitting to be used. 

 

Lauren Thompson
DT Team Leader

 

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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.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea, we  have four years certification.


VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

 

Please see our article about 'Visiting a person with dementia over the Christmas period' as published on the Alzheimers New Zealand site.

We hope that this article is helpful for you and your families.

Simply click on the link at the very bottom of this page.

 

RESPITE CARE

 

We wish to remind people that we are still running a dedicated respite care room at both Admatha and Avonlea Dementia Rest Home care facilities. This means families/carers can book respite care in advance.

 

Carers can prepare for time out in advance, knowing that their loved one has a booked room in a well established home that specializes in care of people who have dementia.

 

It is very important that carers have time to relax and take care of themselves. Taking a break can help with this.

 

We believe that most people want to stay at home as long as possible. We work hard to make sure people who come for respite care go home as good as or better than when they came into our care.

 

At both Admatha and Avonlea, we create a loving and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. This is our vision. We achieve this vision through our values: By honouring the uniqueness of each person, the immense value of each person, openness, honesty and integrity.

 

Please feel free to contact me anytime to enquire about our homes and about our respite care service. I would love to meet with you and I hope that I will be able to assist you.

I look foward to meeting with you.

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

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Admatha Lodge - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care (Monami and Amour - two small care units)

20 days ago - Christchurch

March 2018:

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.

 

 

February 2018:

We have all come long way since the devastation of the February 2011 Earthquakes. This was a time when in the face of great personal loss and hardship, we embraced suffering and found strength and resilience. The sense of community has endured and strengthened as we continue to move forward together.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

 

November 2017:

Recently some of our staff at Admatha celebrated Diwali and gave a wonderful display of their beautiful traditional attire. They also brought in traditional Indian food for all of us to try. It is wonderful and so interesting living in a multicultural country such as New Zealand.

 

October 2017:

It is so important for all of us to keep up our interests and continue doing the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. It is wonderful to watch the skill our resident Vi brings to her beautiful floral creations, and the joy they bring to herself and others.

 

October 2017:

Hi I am Abbey Catral. It is a privilege to be part of Admatha. As an immigrant nurse with a passion for caring for others, I am lucky to get to do what I love and at the same time learn a lot of different things that help me grow as a person and as a nurse.

 

September 2017:

Each year we love to go on a van trip to the Hadstock farm and pick daffodils. Recently we had a delightful outing filling our large buckets with daffodils which we then brought back home to be enjoyed by everyone to welcome in the spring.  

August 2017:

We love to engage in a good game of cards at any time of the day at Admatha Home. People from both small homes get together to participate in the games, and there is often a small prize for the winner.  Card games bring  great laughter, fun and enjoyment for all of us. They also prompt much reminiscence, often along the lines of: ‘No T.V. in our day, but a good game of cards around the fire!’


It's wonderful to see the joy Merlin, our 10 month old therapy puppy, brings residents at Admatha and Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch. This photo was taken in March 2017.



New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz




Recently at Admatha Lodge and Home we had a very special visit from the mobile farm yard! Our residents were enthralled by the lovely gentle animals including chickens, baby rabbits, ducklings, a little dog, a lamb a guinea pig and a donkey! 06/12.




AGE CONCERN POSITIVE AGEING EXPO SEPTEMBER 30TH:
 
We are very excited to be holding an information stall at the Age Concern, positive Ageing expo on September 30th. It is always such a superb event with many interesting contributors. It is also a wonderful way to connect with our community. we hope to see you there!

 

 (Photograph: Avonlea Operations Manager Kirsty Hart and Admatha Operations Manager Sue Denton at the recent Age Concern Expo)
 
 
AUTUMN COMES TO ADMATHA - April 2013
 
Autumn is upon us and so is lots of 'end of summer fruit' that has over burdened my garden...   At Admatha our residents have filled the home with the sweet and spicey aroma of fresh home made chutney.........'Pear and green tomato' We had so much fun making this together and sharing our produce, as well as keeping a supply for our kitchenette.   Donya, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy team at Admatha.
 
 

 

 

 

CREATIVE COOKING CLUB February 2013:
 
Our people at Dementia Care NZ simply love their 'creative cooking club' creations! At every home, people have the opportunity to take part in cooking groups. Some people love to help with the making, some with the directing, some with the reminiscing, the observing and the eating!   But every one.........Has a superb time.

 

 

 

ROAD WORKS ON AVERIL STREET 18/02/2013

We wish to advise visitors to Admatha Home and Hospital that there are significant road works happening on our street. Even though the sign may say no access, you can drive up the clear part of the road and use our car parks.
 

 

 

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 residents just love the joy of food in our ‘Creative Cooking Club’. Here is one of our lovely Admatha Diversional Therapists Sharma with a recent chocolate and strawberry creation. Fun AND tasty. A great afternoon!

 

 

 

Our beautiful garden is in full bloom at Admatha with rhodo's, yellow iris, roses in pink, white, yellow and red, leucadendrons, lavender, lilies, fox gloves, the beckoning shade of the well established trees and so much more.
 
We have been greatly enjoying garden walks, picking flowers for arrangements and feeding the birds this week.
 
What a beautiful time of year!
 
(The Diversional Therapy team at Admatha).
 

 

 

Dementia Care NZ's Christchurch facilities Admatha and Avonlea were represented at last Monday's Age Concern 'Positive Aging Expo' by Lauren Thompson and Donya Nee. 'We had a fantastic time chatting with people in our community sharing visi...
ting tips and the benefits of respite care. It was wonderful to see so many people really enjoying themselves, socialising and finding out what is available to them'. What a community!
 
Photograph - from left, Donya Nee and Lauren Thompson. Age concerns positive aging expo October 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 Exercise Programme

After many months of discussion and planning, a four week training course for staff took place in March at Admatha and Avonlea in Christchurch on how to introduce regular exercise for residents into our dementia facilities. 

The course was facilitated by Janet Earle, Registered Physiotherapist, who knows our residents and staff well from her weekly visits to both Admatha and Avonlea.  Janet has vast experience in the area of falls prevention, and has worked extensively with the elderly and with people who have dementia.

This opportunity was met with great enthusiasm by the staff of both Christchurch facilities, with a pleasing attendance of Caregivers, Registered Nurses and Diversional Therapy trainees at the sessions. 

The training covered a range of topics over the four weeks, from the benefits of exercise to the elderly, through which specific exercises to include and which to avoid. Janet summarised the main benefits to our residents as being the “Four F’s”… Fitness, Freedom, Falls Prevention, and Fun! 

It was envisaged that at the completion of the course, staff would have a greater  understanding of exercise  benefits, together with the tools to assist with incorporating increased exercise and movement into our residents’ daily routine.  It is envisaged that exercise will take place throughout the day. However, there will be a distinct focus on movement to music during the mid to late afternoon, when many of our residents struggle with ‘sundowning’ symptoms of dementia.

We are now getting ready to introduce this programme to people in facilities in other areas.

We plan to review the success of the training and exercise programme later in the year.  Additionally, we intend to carry out some comparative evidence-based research to establish whether there have been any tangible benefits to our residents, such as a decrease in falls, as a result of the programme.

 

Trainee Diversional Therapist Kim Prasad engages residents in an lively exercise session

 

 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.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea, we  have four years certification.

 

VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

Please see our article about 'Visiting a person with dementia over the Christmas period' as published on the Alzheimers New Zealand site.

We hope that this article is helpful for you and your families.

Simply click on the link at the very bottom of this page.

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/tips-for-visiting-someone-with-dementia-over-the-holiday-period/

Admatha - Dementia Care NZ - Dementia Care (Secure) (Admatha Home Awa and Admatha Home Tai)

20 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 2018:

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.

 

February 2018:

We have all come long way since the devastation of the February 2011 Earthquakes. This was a time when in the face of great personal loss and hardship, we embraced suffering and found strength and resilience. The sense of community has endured and strengthened as we continue to move forward together.

December 2017:

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.

 

November 2017:

Recently some of our staff at Admatha celebrated Diwali and gave a wonderful display of their beautiful traditional attire. They also brought in traditional Indian food for all of us to try. It is wonderful and so interesting living in a multicultural country such as New Zealand. 

October 2017:

It is so important for all of us to keep up our interests and continue doing the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. It is wonderful to watch the skill our resident Vi brings to her beautiful floral creations, and the joy they bring to herself and others.

 

October:

Hi I am Abbey Catral. It is a privilege to be part of Admatha. As an immigrant nurse with a passion for caring for others, I am lucky to get to do what I love and at the same time learn a lot of different things that help me grow as a person and as a nurse.

 

September 2017:

Each year we love to go on a van trip to the Hadstock farm and pick daffodils. Recently we had a delightful outing filling our large buckets with daffodils which we then brought back home to be enjoyed by everyone to welcome in the spring. 

 

We recently experienced a wonderful ‘magic moment’ with a resident at Admatha, who specifically asked for Merlin, saying: “Where’s the dog? I want the dog!”
We went to where the resident was waiting, leaning on his walking frame watching the door expectantly. When he saw Merlin his face broke into a delighted smile. He spoke with Helen (Home Manager) about ‘liking the puppy’, and gestured for her to stroke Merlin, which she did while he looked on, nodding and smiling approvingly. (Though he has often interacted verbally with Merlin, he has never shown an interest in touching him.) We gave Merlin a treat while the gentleman watched with interest.
We were joined by another resident who encouraged Merlin to jump up and give him a kiss, which made the first gentleman roar with laughter.
A few days later the gentleman saw Merlin in the hallway, walked straight up to him and gave him a stroke.
It is so lovely to see how accepted, familiar and loved Merlin has become here at our home.

 

August 2017

 

We love to engage in a good game of cards at any time of the day at Admatha Home. People from both small homes get together to participate in the games, and there is often a small prize for the winner.  Card games bring  great laughter, fun and enjoyment for all of us. They also prompt much reminiscence, often along the lines of: ‘No T.V. in our day, but a good game of cards around the fire!’




t's wonderful to see the joy Merlin, our 10 month old therapy puppy, brings residents at Admatha and Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch. This photo was taken in March 2017.


His presence is met with recognition and a sense of warmth and familiarity. Smiles follow him everywhere. His early morning newspaper deliveries, especially, are a source o...f amusement and delight. People share memories of their own beloved pets from long ago, as well as asking questions about Merlin and commenting on his unusual wavy coat and big puppy paws.
We love creating a home for our residents which is relaxed, homely and welcoming. Merlin is 'our dog', and an important and much loved member of our Admatha family.
We invite you to stay in touch with us by Liking our Facebook page. To find out more about our philosophy of care, please visit www.dementiacarenz.co.nz



Exciting new 'Dementia Therapy Puppy' project at Admatha Dementia Care - August 2016:

 

At Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch we have an exciting new project: training a dementia therapy dog from puppy-hood.

Our ten-week-old Labrador puppy, named Merlin, is the nephew of Mahe, the assistance dog whose story captured the hearts of people wordwide earlier this year:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/…/Mahe-the-autism-assistant-dog-neve…

...

Merlin will become part of our Admatha family of residents, family members and staff, providing diversion, delight and reduction of stress, in keeping with our homely, person-centered philosophy of care.

Merlin has his own Facebook page (below) which anyone interested in following the progress of the project is warmly invited to follow.

See More
 
Pet · 17 Likes
Merlin's photo.
Merlin
 
 



Refurbishments at Admatha - June 27th 2016

Admatha has recently had a bit of a facelift. We have beautiful new carpet and elegant, purpose designed and comfortable new furniture. Our home is looking beautiful.

 


Winter garden walks at Admatha Home - June 2016

We love our homely and established villa garden at Admatha. Recently residents have enjoyed rugging up and strolling amongst the established trees and looking at the last of the autumn leaves. How peaceful it is to stroll in the garden.



New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz


Recently at Admatha Lodge and Home we had a very special visit from the mobile farm yard! Our residents were enthralled by the lovely gentle animals including chickens, baby rabbits, ducklings, a little dog, a guinea pig and a donkey! 06/12.

AGE CONCERN POSITIVE AGEING EXPO SEPTEMBER 30TH:
 
We are very excited to be holding an information stall at the Age Concern, positive Ageing expo on September 30th. It is always such a superb event with many interesting contributors. It is also a wonderful way to connect with our community. we hope to see you there!
 
(Photograph: Avonlea Operations Manager Kirsty Hart and Admatha Operations Manager Sue Denton at the recent Age Concern Expo)
 
 
 
 
RAKING LEAVES  - JUNE 2013:
 
 
Winter is nearly here! With the beautiful coloured leaves swishing off our huge tree's, blowing gracefully past our windows and settling on the grounds. A number of our gentlemen have greatly enjoyed raking them all up recently. The seasons bring such a variety of  things for us to do in the garden.
 
 
AUTUMN COMES TO ADMATHA - April 2013:
 
Autumn is upon us and so is lots of 'end of summer fruit' that has over burdened my garden...   At Admatha our residents have filled the home with the sweet and spicey aroma of fresh home made chutney.........'Pear and green tomato' We had so much fun making this together and sharing our produce, as well as keeping a supply for our kitchenette.   Donya, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy team at Admatha.
 
 
CREATIVE COOKING CLUB February 2013:
 
Our people at Dementia Care NZ simply love their 'creative cooking club' creations! At every home, people have the opportunity to take part in cooking groups. Some people love to help with the making, some with the directing, some with the reminiscing, the observing and the eating!   But every one.........Has a superb time.
 
 
 
 
 ROAD WORKS ON AVERIL STREET 18/02/2013
We wish to advise visitors to Admatha Home and Hospital that there are significant road works happening on our street. Even though the sign may say no access, you can drive up the clear part of the road and use our car parks.
 
 
 
 
 
January 29th 2013
 
The weather has been so delightfully warm in Christchurch! We have been enjoying picnics and sing-alongs in the shade of our lovely old trees at Admatha.
 
January 11th 2013
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 residents just love the joy of food in our ‘Creative Cooking Club’. Here is one of our lovely Admatha Diversional Therapists Sharma with a recent chocolate and strawberry creation. Fun AND tasty. A great afternoon!

 
 
Our beautiful garden is in full bloom at Admatha with rhodo's, yellow iris, roses in pink, white, yellow and red, leucadendrons, lavender, lilies, fox gloves, the beckoning shade of the well established trees and so much more.
 
We have been greatly enjoying garden walks, picking flowers for arrangements and feeding the birds this week.
 
What a beautiful time of year!
 
(The Diversional Therapy team at Admatha).
 
 
 
 
 
Dementia Care NZ's Christchurch facilities Admatha and Avonlea were represented at last Monday's Age Concern 'Positive Aging Expo' by Lauren Thompson and Donya Nee. 'We had a fantastic time chatting with people in our community sharing visi...
ting tips and the benefits of respite care. It was wonderful to see so many people really enjoying themselves, socialising and finding out what is available to them'. What a community!
 
Photograph - from left, Donya Nee and Lauren Thompson. Age concerns positive aging expo October 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Exercise Programme

 

After many months of discussion and planning, a four week training course for staff took place in March at Admatha and Avonlea in Christchurch on how to introduce regular exercise for residents into our dementia facilities. 

 

The course was facilitated by Janet Earle, Registered Physiotherapist, who knows our residents and staff well from her weekly visits to both Admatha and Avonlea.  Janet has vast experience in the area of falls prevention, and has worked extensively with the elderly and with people who have dementia.

 

This opportunity was met with great enthusiasm by the staff of both Christchurch facilities, with a pleasing attendance of Caregivers, Registered Nurses and Diversional Therapy trainees at the sessions. 

 

The training covered a range of topics over the four weeks, from the benefits of exercise to the elderly, through which specific exercises to include and which to avoid. Janet summarised the main benefits to our residents as being the “Four F’s”… Fitness, Freedom, Falls Prevention, and Fun! 

 

It was envisaged that at the completion of the course, staff would have a greater  understanding of exercise  benefits, together with the tools to assist with incorporating increased exercise and movement into our residents’ daily routine.  It is envisaged that exercise will take place throughout the day. However, there will be a distinct focus on movement to music during the mid to late afternoon, when many of our residents struggle with ‘sundowning’ symptoms of dementia.

 

We are now getting ready to introduce this programme to people in facilities in other areas.

 

We plan to review the success of the training and exercise programme later in the year.  Additionally, we intend to carry out some comparative evidence-based research to establish whether there have been any tangible benefits to our residents, such as a decrease in falls, as a result of the programme.

 

 

Trainee Diversional Therapist Kim Prasad engages residents in an lively exercise session

 

 

ADMATHA HOME AND HOSPITAL AUDIT SUCCESS.

 

We extend our congratulations to our team at Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch who on the 21st and 22nd of June 2012 underwent a full certification audit for the MOH.
On Friday we received notification that Admatha has been awarded 4 years certification.  Very few aged care facilities in NZ attain this level of certification which reflects the highest quality standard.
Well done to Sue, Ruth and the team.
We are delighted that Admatha has joined Avonlea Rest Home in Christchurch with 4 year certification.

 

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.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea and Admatha, we  have four years certification.

 


VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

 

Please see our article about 'Visiting a person with dementia over the Christmas period' as published on the Alzheimers New Zealand site.

We hope that this article is helpful for you and your families.

Simply click on the link at the very bottom of this page.

 

 

RESPITE CARE

 

We wish to remind people that we are still running a dedicated respite care room at both Admatha and Avonlea Dementia Rest Home care facilities. This means families/carers can book respite care in advance.

 

Carers can prepare for time out in advance, knowing that their loved one has a booked room in a well established home that specializes in care of people who have dementia.

 

It is very important that carers have time to relax and take care of themselves. Taking a break can help with this.

 

We believe that most people want to stay at home as long as possible. We work hard to make sure people who come for respite care go home as good as or better than when they came into our care.

 

At both Admatha and Avonlea, we create a loving and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. This is our vision. We achieve this vision through our values: By honouring the uniqueness of each person, the immense value of each person, openness, honesty and integrity.

 

Please feel free to contact me anytime to enquire about our homes and about our respite care service. I would love to meet with you and I hope that I will be able to assist you.

I look foward to meeting with you.

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/tips-for-visiting-someone-with-dementia-over-the-holiday-period/

 

Admatha and Avonlea will be present at the up coming Age Concern's Seniors Expo in Christchurch and available to discus dementia care, visiting tips and techniques as well as the benefits of respite care. We are looking forward to being a part of such a fantastic event.

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Rest Home Care

20 days ago - Paraparaumu

 

March 2018:

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.

 

 

March 2018:

We love being surrounded by nature and wild life at Millvale Lodge Lindale – you never know who might turn up for a visit. Here we are having fun feeding a gaggle of friendly geese.

January 2018:

 

Living in our beautiful rural valley has many benefits and it is especially entertaining when stock decide to wander onto our lawns. These recent escapees brought lots of laughter, reminiscing and excitement.

December 2017:

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 member 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.

October 2017:


The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This year’s memory walk in Kapiti was held at Otaihanga Domain. A number of our residents, family and staff participated this year and had such a wonderful time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.


September 2017:

 

Last week we were all lucky enough to enjoy a performance from the ‘JNX Band’. They played all of the old rock and roll classics we love. We all had fun with a bit of toe tapping and singing along to boot.



JULY 2017:

WE LOVE THE FACT WE ARE SURROUNDED BY FARMLAND AND NATURE AT MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE. WE ESPECIALLY ENJOY THE UNEXPECTED VISITS WE GET FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS FROM TIME TO TIME. THESE CHEEKY WEE CUTIES RECENTLY ESCAPED FROM A NEIGHBOURING FARM AND MADE THEMSELVES AT HOME FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS UNTIL THE FARMER COLLECTED THEM. WE LOVED HAVING THEM AROUND AND THEIR VISIT TRIGGERED MUCH REMINISCING ABOUT GOOD OLD KIWI FARM LIFE.

 

Good examples of dementia care highlighted


Hon Nicky Wagner

Associate Minister of Health


24 May 2017
Good examples of dementia care highlighted

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a move to promote examples of good practice in dementia design.

The best examples of secure dementia unit design have been published on the Ministry of Health website.

“I’d like to congratulate the first two featured facilities — Millvale Lodge on the Kapiti Coast and Westella Homestead in Feilding — for not only providing a quality environment for their patients but also showing other residential aged care providers what’s possible,” Ms Wagner says.

“The environment in which people with dementia live is incredibly important — it can be a positive therapeutic intervention on its own.”

Last year, the Ministry of Health released a dementia design resource to support the development or major reconfiguration of secure dementia care units. The resource aims to enhance dementia patients’ quality of life through a number of design principles around lighting, colour and contrast, memory aids, gardens and the size and density of facilities.

“As we all know, New Zealand’s population is ageing, and sadly, that means rising levels of dementia. I hope other facilities follow the lead of Millvale and Westella to ensure dementia patients receive the best possible care,” Ms Wagner says.

The design examples are available at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/health-older-

 

 

3rd August 2016

 

 

 

Warmest Greetings

 

EXPERIENCED NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

 

It is with great pleasure that we are writing to introduce the new management team at Millvale Lodge Lindale.

 

We are delighted to announce that Roxanne Rosquita has been now appointed to the position of Clinical Manager.

 

Roxanne has been ably leading the Registered Nurse team as Clinical Manager of Millvale House Waikanae since 2013. Having originally qualified as a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, Roxanne spent two years working as a medical surgical nurse and teaching nursing and English literature at university level before emigrating to New Zealand. She worked for 3 years in aged care before joining Dementia Care NZ. 

 

Roxanne loves making a difference to people with dementia through the simple things, assisting people to gain everyday happiness. She cherishes the moments she shares with residents and loves to see them happy. She loves sharing their journey, and is excited to be able to support our vision and values in creating a home where creating magic moments and connecting with residents is highly valued.

 

Rhea Abordonado will be joining Roxanne in the key support position of Operation Manager. Rhea has been helping out on a temporary basis during the preceding transition period, and is already a familiar face to many. A registered nurse in her home country of Philippines, Rhea worked for 2 years as trauma nurse before emigrating to NZ. She first came to work with our organization in November 2007, and has worked her way from a caregiver at Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch, through a three year tenure as Operations Coordinator of Millvale House Levin, to her present position at Millvale Lodge. Rhea relates strongly to our organizational  philosophy, vision and values and best friends approach to care. She especially looks forward to building strong, supportive relationships with residents and family members, and to establishing a calm and homely environment where family/whanau and staff form a partnership in providing loving care of the highest standard to our residents.

 

We are delighted to have such an experienced team as Roxanne and Rhea to lead our Lindale team forward, and know you will offer them your full support as they take on the new challenges and opportunities ahead.

 


Lexi:

“We have been very fortunate at our new Lindale facility to have our beautiful sweet Lexi join us as our resident dog. Lexi is a 6 year old Lab and we feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to give her a new home at a time when she needed it. She has been a much loved farm dog with her previous owner so needed somewhere with plenty of space to help her settle in.

Like anyone moving home, this has been a stressful and frightening time for Lexi but she has been given much love and support (and probably  a bit too much pampering) from our wonderful staff  member Chris. Lexi has been Chris’s constant companion since she arrived. Together they have been working around the grounds and the facility of Lindale getting it all ready to welcome our new guests on our opening day. Lexi has lots of energy but really is just a big old softie who will happily sit by you quietly, as long as you are prepared to provide plenty of head pats and belly scratches. I have no doubt that they will not be in short supply for Lexi in the coming years in her new home. “

 

 

 

19/02/2014

We are very happy to announce that we are now able to offer general rest home care in our hospital wing.

 

There are 6 swing beds for rest home residents and 6 swing beds for general hospital residents.

 

Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Hospital Care

20 days ago - Paraparaumu

 

March 2018:

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 being surrounded by nature and wild life at Millvale Lodge Lindale – you never know who might turn up for a visit. Here we are having fun feeding a gaggle of friendly geese.

January 2018:

 

Living in our beautiful rural valley has many benefits and it is especially entertaining when stock decide to wander onto our lawns. These recent escapees brought lots of laughter, reminiscing and excitement.

 

December 2017:

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 member 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.

 

October 2017:

The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This year’s memory walk in Kapiti was held at Otaihanga Domain. A number of our residents, family and staff participated this year and had such a wonderful time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.

 

 

September 2017:

 

Last week we were all lucky enough to enjoy a performance from the ‘JNX Band’. They played all of the old rock and roll classics we love. We all had fun with a bit of toe tapping and singing along to boot.




JULY 2017:

WE LOVE THE FACT WE ARE SURROUNDED BY FARMLAND AND NATURE AT MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE. WE ESPECIALLY ENJOY THE UNEXPECTED VISITS WE GET FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS FROM TIME TO TIME. THESE CHEEKY WEE CUTIES RECENTLY ESCAPED FROM A NEIGHBOURING FARM AND MADE THEMSELVES AT HOME FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS UNTIL THE FARMER COLLECTED THEM. WE LOVED HAVING THEM AROUND AND THEIR VISIT TRIGGERED MUCH REMINISCING ABOUT GOOD OLD KIWI FARM LIFE.

 

 

Good examples of dementia care highlighted


Hon Nicky Wagner

Associate Minister of Health


24 May 2017
Good examples of dementia care highlighted

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a move to promote examples of good practice in dementia design.

The best examples of secure dementia unit design have been published on the Ministry of Health website.

“I’d like to congratulate the first two featured facilities — Millvale Lodge on the Kapiti Coast and Westella Homestead in Feilding — for not only providing a quality environment for their patients but also showing other residential aged care providers what’s possible,” Ms Wagner says.

“The environment in which people with dementia live is incredibly important — it can be a positive therapeutic intervention on its own.”

Last year, the Ministry of Health released a dementia design resource to support the development or major reconfiguration of secure dementia care units. The resource aims to enhance dementia patients’ quality of life through a number of design principles around lighting, colour and contrast, memory aids, gardens and the size and density of facilities.

“As we all know, New Zealand’s population is ageing, and sadly, that means rising levels of dementia. I hope other facilities follow the lead of Millvale and Westella to ensure dementia patients receive the best possible care,” Ms Wagner says.

The design examples are available at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/health-older-

 

3rd August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warmest Greetings

 

 

 

EXPERIENCED NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

 

 

 

It is with great pleasure that we are writing to introduce the new management team at Millvale Lodge Lindale.

 

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Roxanne Rosquita has been now appointed to the position of Clinical Manager.

 

 

 

Roxanne has been ably leading the Registered Nurse team as Clinical Manager of Millvale House Waikanae since 2013. Having originally qualified as a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, Roxanne spent two years working as a medical surgical nurse and teaching nursing and English literature at university level before emigrating to New Zealand. She worked for 3 years in aged care before joining Dementia Care NZ. 

 

 

 

Roxanne loves making a difference to people with dementia through the simple things, assisting people to gain everyday happiness. She cherishes the moments she shares with residents and loves to see them happy. She loves sharing their journey, and is excited to be able to support our vision and values in creating a home where creating magic moments and connecting with residents is highly valued.

 

 

 

Rhea Abordonado will be joining Roxanne in the key support position of Operation Manager. Rhea has been helping out on a temporary basis during the preceding transition period, and is already a familiar face to many. A registered nurse in her home country of Philippines, Rhea worked for 2 years as trauma nurse before emigrating to NZ. She first came to work with our organization in November 2007, and has worked her way from a caregiver at Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch, through a three year tenure as Operations Coordinator of Millvale House Levin, to her present position at Millvale Lodge. Rhea relates strongly to our organizational  philosophy, vision and values and best friends approach to care. She especially looks forward to building strong, supportive relationships with residents and family members, and to establishing a calm and homely environment where family/whanau and staff form a partnership in providing loving care of the highest standard to our residents.

 

 

 

We are delighted to have such an experienced team as Roxanne and Rhea to lead our Lindale team forward, and know you will offer them your full support as they take on the new challenges and opportunities ahead.

 

 

 

Lexi:

 

“We have been very fortunate at our new Lindale facility to have our beautiful sweet Lexi join us as our resident dog. Lexi is a 6 year old Lab and we feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to give her a new home at a time when she needed it. She has been a much loved farm dog with her previous owner so needed somewhere with plenty of space to help her settle in.

 

Like anyone moving home, this has been a stressful and frightening time for Lexi but she has been given much love and support (and probably  a bit too much pampering) from our wonderful staff  member Chris. Lexi has been Chris’s constant companion since she arrived. Together they have been working around the grounds and the facility of Lindale getting it all ready to welcome our new guests on our opening day. Lexi has lots of energy but really is just a big old softie who will happily sit by you quietly, as long as you are prepared to provide plenty of head pats and belly scratches. I have no doubt that they will not be in short supply for Lexi in the coming years in her new home. “

 

 





“We have been very fortunate at our new Lindale facility to have our beautiful sweet Lexi join us as our resident dog. Lexi is a 6 year old Lab and we feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to give her a new home at a time when she needed it. She has been a much loved farm dog with her previous owner so needed somewhere with plenty of space to help her settle in.

Like anyone moving home, this has been a stressful and frightening time for Lexi but she has been given much love and support (and probably  a bit too much pampering) from our wonderful staff  member Chris. Lexi has been Chris’s constant companion since she arrived. Together they have been working around the grounds and the facility of Lindale getting it all ready to welcome our new guests on our opening day. Lexi has lots of energy but really is just a big old softie who will happily sit by you quietly, as long as you are prepared to provide plenty of head pats and belly scratches. I have no doubt that they will not be in short supply for Lexi in the coming years in her new home. “

 

29th January 2014


Warmest greetings!


A firm opening date of 10th February, and an open invitation to visit us!
 We are delighted to announce that we will be opening our new Specialist Dementia Hospital and General Hospital homes at Millvale Lodge Lindale on Monday 10th February 2014.
We expect our new dementia rest home at Lindale Lodge to open in March.
We warmly invite you to look through the new facility at ant time convenient to you between 3rd and 10th February. There will be someone on site to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

As Millvale Lodge Lindale is still a work in progress, there will be the opportunity to view our plans for the landscaping  as well as get a preview of our vision for the completed project, now in its early stages of development.
If you have any queries regarding the new service, please ring Marjorie Nillo, Regional Clinical Manager for the North Island on (06) 367 2027 or  Donya Nee on 0272776882.
Warm regards
 
Marjorie Nillo
Regional Clinical Manager (North Island)

 

 

11th November 2013


Warmest greetings!

MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

We are writing to update you on progress with the development of our exciting new ‘country lodge’ aged care facility on the Kapiti coast, Millvale Lodge Lindale.

We are aware that we’re slightly behind schedule with our opening date, and apologise for this. Building always seems to take longer than anticipated, and this applied even more so to a residential care facility for the aged, where many additional health and safety features need to be included.

We are now delighted to announce a firm opening date of 13th January 2013.

Initially we will be opening our small general hospital home, together with a dementia hospital wing. Each of these small homes will comprise 16 private bedrooms, together with our hallmark homely lounge, dining area and kitchenette.

We will be adding Dementia Rest Home care to our services when the landscaping is at an appropriate stage , to allow people at this more mobile level of care to safely enjoy the park-like surrounds. We anticipate that this will be in March.

At present the construction stage of the redevelopment process is approximately two-thirds completed, and the painting and decorating has begun in the completed areas.

Our staff are the heart and soul of the person-centred care we provide at our facilities, and we are currently in the process of building an outstanding staff team for  Millvale Lodge. We are  advertising for caregiving and registered nursing staff. However, at the core of our team will be existing staff members who understand our organization and philosophy of care, and connect powerfully with our vision and values. These key staff members have expressed an interest in moving across to Millvale Lodge to instil these vital values into the new members of our team. The new staff will also undergo on-the-job training at our established facilities before starting work at Millvale Lodge Lindale.

Prior to our opening we have an exciting event to look forward to: we will be holding an information stall about our services and engaging with people from the local community at the Kapiti Food fair on 30th November, for which we have made our car park available for public use.
We warmly invite expressions of interest and advance bookings for Millvale Lodge. These should be directed to Donya Nee, Donya@dementiacarenz.co.nz, or 0272776882.
Warm regards


Donya Nee
Vision Development Co-ordinator
Dementia Care NZ

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Dementia Care (Secure)

20 days ago - Paraparaumu

March 2018:

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 being surrounded by nature and wild life at Millvale Lodge Lindale – you never know who might turn up for a visit. Here we are having fun feeding a gaggle of friendly geese.

 

January 2018:

 

Living in our beautiful rural valley has many benefits and it is especially entertaining when stock decide to wander onto our lawns. These recent escapees brought lots of laughter, reminiscing and excitement.

 

 

December 2017:

 

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 member 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.

 

 

October 2017:

 

The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This year’s memory walk in Kapiti was held at Otaihanga Domain. A number of our residents, family and staff participated this year and had such a wonderful time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.

 

 

 

September 2017:

 

Last week we were all lucky enough to enjoy a performance from the ‘JNX Band’. They played all of the old rock and roll classics we love. We all had fun with a bit of toe tapping and singing along to boot.

 

 

July 2017:

We love the fact we are surrounded by farmland and nature at Millvale Lodge Lindale. We especially enjoy the unexpected visits we get from our neighbours from time to time. These cheeky wee cuties recently escaped from a neighbouring farm and made themselves at home for a couple of days until the farmer collected them. We loved having them around and their visit triggered much reminiscing about good old Kiwi farm life.

 

 

Good examples of dementia care highlighted

 


Hon Nicky Wagner

Associate Minister of Health


24 May 2017
Good examples of dementia care highlighted

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a move to promote examples of good practice in dementia design.

The best examples of secure dementia unit design have been published on the Ministry of Health website.

“I’d like to congratulate the first two featured facilities — Millvale Lodge on the Kapiti Coast and Westella Homestead in Feilding — for not only providing a quality environment for their patients but also showing other residential aged care providers what’s possible,” Ms Wagner says.

“The environment in which people with dementia live is incredibly important — it can be a positive therapeutic intervention on its own.”

Last year, the Ministry of Health released a dementia design resource to support the development or major reconfiguration of secure dementia care units. The resource aims to enhance dementia patients’ quality of life through a number of design principles around lighting, colour and contrast, memory aids, gardens and the size and density of facilities.

“As we all know, New Zealand’s population is ageing, and sadly, that means rising levels of dementia. I hope other facilities follow the lead of Millvale and Westella to ensure dementia patients receive the best possible care,” Ms Wagner says.

The design examples are available at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/health-older-

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd August 2016

 

 

 

Warmest Greetings

 

EXPERIENCED NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

 

It is with great pleasure that we are writing to introduce the new management team at Millvale Lodge Lindale.

 

We are delighted to announce that Roxanne Rosquita has been now appointed to the position of Clinical Manager.

 

Roxanne has been ably leading the Registered Nurse team as Clinical Manager of Millvale House Waikanae since 2013. Having originally qualified as a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, Roxanne spent two years working as a medical surgical nurse and teaching nursing and English literature at university level before emigrating to New Zealand. She worked for 3 years in aged care before joining Dementia Care NZ. 

 

Roxanne loves making a difference to people with dementia through the simple things, assisting people to gain everyday happiness. She cherishes the moments she shares with residents and loves to see them happy. She loves sharing their journey, and is excited to be able to support our vision and values in creating a home where creating magic moments and connecting with residents is highly valued.

 

Rhea Abordonado will be joining Roxanne in the key support position of Operation Manager. Rhea has been helping out on a temporary basis during the preceding transition period, and is already a familiar face to many. A registered nurse in her home country of Philippines, Rhea worked for 2 years as trauma nurse before emigrating to NZ. She first came to work with our organization in November 2007, and has worked her way from a caregiver at Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch, through a three year tenure as Operations Coordinator of Millvale House Levin, to her present position at Millvale Lodge. Rhea relates strongly to our organizational  philosophy, vision and values and best friends approach to care. She especially looks forward to building strong, supportive relationships with residents and family members, and to establishing a calm and homely environment where family/whanau and staff form a partnership in providing loving care of the highest standard to our residents.

 

We are delighted to have such an experienced team as Roxanne and Rhea to lead our Lindale team forward, and know you will offer them your full support as they take on the new challenges and opportunities ahead.

 


“We have been very fortunate at our new Lindale facility to have our beautiful sweet Lexi join us as our resident dog. Lexi is a 6 year old Lab and we feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to give her a new home at a time when she needed it. She has been a much loved farm dog with her previous owner so needed somewhere with plenty of space to help her settle in.

Like anyone moving home, this has been a stressful and frightening time for Lexi but she has been given much love and support (and probably  a bit too much pampering) from our wonderful staff  member Chris. Lexi has been Chris’s constant companion since she arrived. Together they have been working around the grounds and the facility of Lindale getting it all ready to welcome our new guests on our opening day. Lexi has lots of energy but really is just a big old softie who will happily sit by you quietly, as long as you are prepared to provide plenty of head pats and belly scratches. I have no doubt that they will not be in short supply for Lexi in the coming years in her new home. “


             
29th January 2014


Warmest greetings!


A firm opening date of 10th February, and an open invitation to visit us!
 We are delighted to announce that we will be opening our new Specialist Dementia Hospital and General Hospital homes at Millvale Lodge Lindale on Monday 10th February 2014.
We expect our new dementia rest home at Lindale Lodge to open in March.
We warmly invite you to look through the new facility at ant time convenient to you between 3rd and 10th February. There will be someone on site to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

As Millvale Lodge Lindale is still a work in progress, there will be the opportunity to view our plans for the landscaping  as well as get a preview of our vision for the completed project, now in its early stages of development.
If you have any queries regarding the new service, please ring Marjorie Nillo, Regional Clinical Manager for the North Island on (06) 367 2027 or  Donya Nee on 0272776882.
Warm regards
 
Marjorie Nillo
Regional Clinical Manager (North Island)

 

11th November 2013


Warmest greetings!

MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

We are writing to update you on progress with the development of our exciting new ‘country lodge’ aged care facility on the Kapiti coast, Millvale Lodge Lindale.

We are aware that we’re slightly behind schedule with our opening date, and apologise for this. Building always seems to take longer than anticipated, and this applied even more so to a residential care facility for the aged, where many additional health and safety features need to be included.

We are now delighted to announce a firm opening date of 13th January 2013.

Initially we will be opening our small general hospital home, together with a dementia hospital wing. Each of these small homes will comprise 16 private bedrooms, together with our hallmark homely lounge, dining area and kitchenette.

We will be adding Dementia Rest Home care to our services when the landscaping is at an appropriate stage , to allow people at this more mobile level of care to safely enjoy the park-like surrounds. We anticipate that this will be in March.

At present the construction stage of the redevelopment process is approximately two-thirds completed, and the painting and decorating has begun in the completed areas.

Our staff are the heart and soul of the person-centred care we provide at our facilities, and we are currently in the process of building an outstanding staff team for  Millvale Lodge. We are  advertising for caregiving and registered nursing staff. However, at the core of our team will be existing staff members who understand our organization and philosophy of care, and connect powerfully with our vision and values. These key staff members have expressed an interest in moving across to Millvale Lodge to instil these vital values into the new members of our team. The new staff will also undergo on-the-job training at our established facilities before starting work at Millvale Lodge Lindale.

Prior to our opening we have an exciting event to look forward to: we will be holding an information stall about our services and engaging with people from the local community at the Kapiti Food fair on 30th November, for which we have made our car park available for public use.
We warmly invite expressions of interest and advance bookings for Millvale Lodge. These should be directed to Donya Nee, Donya@dementiacarenz.co.nz, or 0272776882.
Warm regards


Donya Nee
Vision Development Co-ordinator
Dementia Care NZ

Millvale House Miramar - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

20 days ago - Wellington 6022

 

March 2018:

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.

 

September 2017:

The warm spring weather has inspired us to get our vegetable garden ready. It’s been all hands on deck here getting the raised beds ready for planting. We love getting our hands in the soil and can’t wait to plant, nurture and harvest our own fresh vegetables.

July 2017:

There’s something in the Miramar soil that not only breeds good characters but clearly some mighty good vegetables. Now that’s a carrot! We love growing our own vegetables here at Millvale House Miramar. There’s nothing as homely as tending to and harvesting your own healthy organic veges right out of the back yard.

 

 

New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
 
 
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.

 

 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS....

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT US?

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that renovations have commenced at Millvale House Miramar.

We have new carpet, freshly painted walls and lovely new furniture for our people to enjoy.

We look forward to alterations in the near future including open plan kitchens in our  two small and homely units.

 

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ - Rest Home Care

20 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 2018:

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.

 

March 2018:

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.

January 2018:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

 

 

August 2017:

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.
 
General information:
• 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.
 

 

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.

 

 

 

General information:
• 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.


December 2016

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!

 

13th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

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.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Maja Yu                                                                Susan Villacorta

Operations Coordinator                                               Clinical Manager

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

 

 

 

December 2012 

Aberleigh Rest Home currently provides rest home and dementia level care for up to 46 residents. Following the successful audit, the facility is able to provide hospital level care for up to 10 residents, with round-the-clock registered nursing care. This service commenced in September 2012.

We are embarking on a building project to build on some additional bedrooms and to improve 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.

Building will be phased and carefully managed to provide maximum benefit with minimum disruption to residents and visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2012.

We are embarking on a building project to provide some additional bedrooms and to improve 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 they will be able to stay on at Aberleigh.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and with the people who know just how to care for them.

Building will be carefully managed to provide maximum benefit with minimum disruption to residents and visitors.

 

 

 

ABERLEIGH ACHIEVES 4 YEAR AUDIT CERTIFICATION

 


We extend our congratulations to our team at Aberleigh Rest Home in Blenheim who on the 14th of June 2012 underwent a full certification audit for the MOH.
On Friday we received notification that Aberleigh has been awarded 4 years certification. Very few aged care facilities in NZ attain this level of certification which reflects the highest quality standard. Aberleigh is the only rest home in the Nelson Marlborough DHB to have achieved this distinction.
Well done to Andrew, Tanya and the team.
We are delighted that Aberleigh has joined Avonlea Rest Home and Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch with 4 year certification.

 

Please click on the link below to read the Marlborough Express article:

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/7622890/Rest-home-wins-4-year-certification

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethany Hill Dementia Care - Dementia Care (Secure)

20 days ago - Auckland

Bethany Hill Care - the very best of the Dementia Care.

We are providing you a FREE day care once a week in the month of APRIL.  Please call us for more information on 09 4226006

 

 

 

 

 

And also please check out our sister rest home : Milton Court Rest Home and Dementia Care

For more info: www.miltoncourt.co.nz

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

20 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 2018:

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.

 

March 2018:

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.

January 2018:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

August 2017:

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.

 

 

 

General information:
• 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.




December 2016

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.





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

 

Our beautiful new specialist dementia care hospital is now open.

Please feel free to come and visit us at any time.

 

We would love to meet with you.

 

Maja Yu

Operations Manager

Aberleigh Rest Home and Hospital

(03) 578 7966

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ - Hospital Care

20 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 2018:

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.

 

March 2018:

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.

January 2018:

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.

December 2017:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

 

August 2017:

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.

 

 

 

General information:
• 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.

 
 


December 2016

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

 

Warmest greetings!

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.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Maja Yu                                                                Susan Villacorta

Operations Manager                                              Clinical Manager

 

ABERLEIGH ACHIEVES 4 YEAR AUDIT CERTIFICATION
 
We extend our congratulations to our team at Aberleigh Rest Home in Blenheim who on the 14th of June 2012 underwent a full certification audit for the MOH.
 
On Friday we received notification that Aberleigh has been awarded 4 years certification. Very few aged care facilities in NZ attain this level of certification which reflects the highest quality standard. Aberleigh is the only rest home in the Nelson Marlborough DHB to have achieved this distinction.
 
Well done to Andrew, Tanya and the team.
 
We are delighted that Aberleigh has joined Avonlea Rest Home and Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch with 4 year certification.
 

 

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ - Dementia Care (Secure) (Two Small And Homely Care Units)

20 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 2018:

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.

 

March 2018:

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.

January 2018:

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.

December 2017:

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.

 

December 2017:

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.

August 2017:

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.
 
General information:
• 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.


 February 2017 - Our BBQ lunch.

At Aberleigh Rest Home last Saturday our residents and some family members enjoyed a wonderful Kiwi-style BBQ lunch. Nothing beats eating outside on a lovely summer’s day, and it was great to see our residents helping out with the cooking and teaching our staff a trick or two. This coming Saturday we will having BBQ lunches for residents in our dementia homes. We are sure this will be greatly enjoyed and hope our families pop in for a sausage too.


December 2016

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.


November 2016
 
It is with great pleasure that the team at Aberleigh are announcing the approved conversion of our 8 bed unit ‘Totora’, to a new dementia rest home.
This means that 8 new dementia rest home level care beds will be available to the community.
Please feel free to come and visit our new dementia rest home unit anytime.
 
 

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!



SPCA visits for our residents - June 2016:

We are very lucky at Aberleigh to receive regular visits from our friends at the SPCA. At least twice a month our residents and a special animal get to spend time together lighting up each others day.



New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz


 

A loved one with dementia?
Rest, recharge, revitalise!


Respite helps you keep your loved one at home longer by ‘caring for the carer’.
Respite care is usually taken for a week or two to enable the carer to rest and recharge. This is often fully subsidised.


We now have a dedicated respite room available in our new dementia home.


This enables you to book respite care in advance, knowing that your loved one will be cared for in a secure, well established home which specializes in care of the elderly and people who have dementia.


This dedicated respite service means:
• A chance to rest, recharge, revitalise
• A familiar, trusted relationship develops over time with repeat visits
• An opportunity for socialisation and meaningful activities
• A homely environment encouraging continuation of daily roles and routines
• Loving, person-centred, one to one care


To find out more about this service and for a detailed information pack, ring Maja Yu on 03 578 7966


We would love to hear from you!
 

 

 

 

13th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

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.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Maja Yu                                                                Susan Villacorta

Operations Manager                                              Clinical Manager

 

 

 

 

Soon Aberleigh will be offering a dedicated respite bed where carers will be able to book care up to six months in advance.

This service will be available once all of our alterations and rebuilds are complete.

Watch this space for further updates.

 

 

February 2013

There is something in the soil at Aberleigh and we think it might have something to do with Gilbert!   Gilbert Apperley pictured above, is a resident at Aberleigh rest home in Blenheim and loves to garden. "My garden always had lots of veges. I used to tell the owner of the local super market that if he ran out of vegetables, he could always come over to my house and have a look around". Silver Beet has been the shining star this summer. The picture of Gilbert with his healthy harvest.......was the fourth! Harvest this summer.
 Donya Nee on behalf of the Aberleigh Diversional Therapy team.
 
 
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.

 

 

 

 

December 2012

Aberleigh Rest Home currently provides rest home and dementia level care for up to 46 residents. Following the successful audit, the facility is able to provide hospital level care for up to 10 residents, with round-the-clock registered nursing care. This service commenced in September 2012.

 

We are embarking on a building project to build on some additional bedrooms and to improve 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.

Building will be phased and carefully managed to provide maximum benefit with minimum disruption to residents and visitors.

 

 

September 2012 

 

Following our recent successful audit, Aberleigh has been authorised to provide hospital level care, with round-the-clock nursing care. This service commenced in September 2012.

We are embarking on a building project to provide some additional bedrooms and to improve 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 they will be able to stay on at Aberleigh.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and with the people who know just how to care for them. 

Building will be carefully managed to provide maximum benefit with minimum disruption to residents and visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABERLEIGH ACHIEVES 4 YEAR AUDIT CERTIFICATION

 

  We extend our congratulations to our team at Aberleigh Rest Home in Blenheim who on the 14th of June 2012 underwent a full certification audit for the MOH.   On Friday we received notification that Aberleigh has been awarded 4 years certification. Very few aged care facilities in NZ attain this level of certification which reflects the highest quality standard. Aberleigh is the only rest home in the Nelson Marlborough DHB to have achieved this distinction.   Well done to Andrew, Tanya and the team.   We are delighted that Aberleigh has joined Avonlea Rest Home and Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch with 4 year certification.

 

Please click on the link below to read the Marlborough Express article:

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/7622890/Rest-home-wins-4-year-certification

 

 

 

 

Exercise Programme

 

After many months of discussion and planning, a four week training course for staff took place in March at Admatha and Avonlea in Christchurch on how to introduce regular exercise for residents into our dementia facilities.

The course was facilitated by Janet Earle, Registered Physiotherapist, who knows our residents and staff well from her weekly visits to both Admatha and Avonlea.  Janet has vast experience in the area of falls prevention, and has worked extensively with the elderly and with people who have dementia.

This opportunity was met with great enthusiasm by the staff of both Christchurch facilities, with a pleasing attendance of Caregivers, Registered Nurses and Diversional Therapy trainees at the sessions.

The training covered a range of topics over the four weeks, from the benefits of exercise to the elderly, through which specific exercises to include and which to avoid. Janet summarised the main benefits to our residents as being the “Four F’s”… Fitness, Freedom, Falls Prevention, and Fun! 

It was envisaged that at the completion of the course, staff would have a greater  understanding of exercise  benefits, together with the tools to assist with incorporating increased exercise and movement into our residents’ daily routine.  It is envisaged that exercise will take place throughout the day. However, there will be a distinct focus on movement to music during the mid to late afternoon, when many of our residents struggle with ‘sundowning’ symptoms of dementia.

We are now getting ready to introduce this programme to people in facilities in other areas.

We plan to review the success of the training and exercise programme later in the year.  Additionally, we intend to carry out some comparative evidence-based research to establish whether there have been any tangible benefits to our residents, such as a decrease in falls, as a result of the programme.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

At Aberleigh, we have undergone some exciting new renovations and improvements over the past months. Rata, our dementia care home, has been separated into two small units of ten residents with full completion of renovations in two weeks.

We are very happy about these renovations and changes. Smaller homes ensure that people with dementia have a familiar, comfortable and homely environment.

Small open kitchens and gas fires create a stronger homely atmosphere and offer the opportunity for people to be involved in the running of their home.

 Residents love to help rinse the dishes, set up afternoon teas, wipe down the bench, or help to bake muffins for example.

All of these homely activities help increase and maintain a sense of purpose, belonging and homeliness. Staff and residents share in these homely activities, increasing and supporting special moments together.

We have a new Dietician who is involved on a monthly basis and a Physiotherapist who visits our residents fortnightly.

 

 

Queen Rose Boutique Retirement Home - Rest Home Care

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Upgraded grounds and outside facilities.

Private room for residents callers : eg Lawyers , Doctors, New clients interview room.etc

Aria Park Retirement Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

25 days ago - Auckland 1023

 

STUDIO APARTMENT 

Available now    $235,000.00

  • Ensuite, kitchenette, large wardrobe
  • Friendly, highly trained staff
  • Choice of 2 care levels + rest home
  • Activities, outings

 If you would like more information contact Sharon

Sales Manager Aria Park  0800 274 272 or 021 618913

sales@ariavillages.co.nz

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25 days ago - Rotorua

 

If you are considering coming into a village why not come and meet with me and I can show you around our beautiful village plus provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Please give me a call on 07 350 1036, or email me on jennie.arvidson@bupa.co.nz to make a time that is convenient for you.

I look forward to assisting you.

Jennie Arvidson
Village Manager

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Rooms will be available for veiwing by the 23rd of April 2018

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