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Bloom Living Manurewa East Freehold Retirement - Retirement Villages (Rental)

1 hour ago - Auckland

Bloom Manurewa East: Brand New 2 bedroom apartments available for rent. Contact Jacque O'Connor today for more information. Ph: 027 6049231 Email: jacque_oconnor@raywhite.com

McKenzie Lifestyle Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

1 day ago - Geraldine

2 Bedroom Villas available to view -   check out our updated website mlv.org.nz

BRAND NEW  One Bedroom Suites -  Single and Twin Share.

Available via telephone - 0800 84 55 24  -  Ext 2 (sales) to answer any questions or offer advice.

Office Hours: 9.00 - 3.00pm Mon - Friday  -   11.00 - 3.00pm Sat & Sun 

Stay safe and take care..

 

 

 

 

 

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

2 days ago - Takanini

Visit our Wellbeing hub and see how we are bringing together ideas, activities and articles designed specifically to help our resident communities to stay connected and entertained. Copy and paste the link for more details.

www.metlifecare.co.nz/wellbeing-hub/wellbeingatmetlifecare

https://virtual-village.co.nz/

Stay well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SuperCue Seniors - Professional Services

2 days ago - Napier

Are you worried about how to keep your residents or yourself fit and mobile during the COVID-19 Shutdown?

Try our FREE online exercise programmes specifically designed for 60+ made right here in NZ.

  • Fun exercise to music to improve your balance and confidence
  • Both seated and standing options

supercue.nz/

 

Bloom Living Manurewa East Freehold Retirement - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

7 days ago - Auckland

View our virtual tour here: https://youtu.be/621L0v-YVXI 

Contact Marisa Johnstone for more information: 021 991 805

Dewhirst Law - Professional Services

13 days ago - Whanganui

 

The COVID-19 alert level has been raised to 3, with plans to raise it to level 4 in the next 48 hours. Non-essential businesses are strongly recommended to close, and many, especially smaller businesses, will likely be struggling with the need to stay open to continue earning enough to pay employees, but needing to severely limit their activities.

To the best of our knowledge, supermarkets intend to stay open even at COVID level 4 - there should be no need to panic-buy or stock up on groceries. We can be safe if we cooperate.

 Stay safe, stay hygienic, and don't stop supporting each other. We will see you all when the dust has cleared and things are settling down again.

 

Leighton House - Rest Home Care

14 days ago - Gisborne

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

Welcome to our new Clinical Manager Liz!

Liz McRobbie is a Registered Nurse with experience in a variety of clinical roles, including registered nursing, practice nursing, community nursing, education, and quality coordination. Her most recent positions have included clinical roles in residential aged care, including resthome, hospital and dementia level care.

Liz has a passion for working with older people, as her experience in residential aged care reflects. She has a strong focus on quality and on providing a high standard of client centred care. Most importantly, Liz cares deeply about the people she works with, whether residents, family members or colleagues.

Liz has previously worked at Leighton House for a period of six years, progressing from registered nurse to Clinical Nurse Manager. She is delighted to be returning home.

 

Liz is supported by our National Clinical Manager, Arah Cartagena.

 

March 2018:

We’re blessed to live in such a socially bustling community here in Gisborne. For many years, a number of rest homes here have held monthly afternoon tea gatherings where we all have the opportunity to catch up with dear friends and make new ones too. Each quarter it is our turn to host. These lovely photos show the wonderful day we had with friends and family from Beetham and Dunblane rest homes. A staff member brought in her 2 week old grandson “Mahaki” who was passed around to all the ladies and Eva Richards (99 this year) enjoyed her moment holding him. We even had the pleasure of catching up with Therese Shivnan who was the manager of Leighton House some 30 years ago and wanted to see how Leighton had changed. She was very impressed with the view and reminisced about her time as manager here. A wonderful and special afternoon.

January 2018:

Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card making is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Leighton House we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card made especially for you by 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:

Meng Foon, our Mayor, recently asked if he could show a group of Chinese government officials around Leighton House, as China is looking at developing aged care facilities and the officials wanted to see some New Zealand examples. Our Clinical Manager Walter hosted the group and took them on a tour of the facility. Mayor Meng Foon, who is very popular with our residents, took time to stop and talk with them, which was much appreciated.
A group photo was taken and a gift was presented to Leighton House as a gesture of thanks.

 

September 2017:

Our Diversional Therapist Sandra was thrilled to pass on donations made by Leighton House residents and staff to Gisborne pet rescuer Lauren recently. Lauren saves and rescues all sorts of animals, including reptiles. Lauren’s work with the animals is not for profit and she pays all overheads herself so is very grateful for any donations. She is well known within the Gisborne community for her hard work, love, care and dedication. Awesome work Lauren!
(Lauren is holding her bearded dragon and baby rabbit. Sandra is holding Lauren’s blue-tongued lizard)

Colleen Stone is a real Leighton House ‘Good sort’.

Not only is she busy in her role as cleaner but she always finds the time to share special moments with residents, not to mention ensuring there are always fresh flowers in every person’s room.

We wish her well with retiring in November. She will be selling up and traveling New Zealand with her husband in their camper van. She will be very much missed!

Colleen Stone is a real Leighton House ‘Good sort’.

Not only is she busy in her role as cleaner but she always finds the time to share special moments with residents, not to mention ensuring there are always fresh flowers in every person’s room.

We wish her well with retiring in November. She will be selling up and traveling New Zealand with her husband in their camper van. She will be very much missed!

 

 

10th July 2017- Four years certification for Leighton House:

We are delighted to announce that Leighton House has recently received four years certification from the Ministry of Health audit. This is the highest result possible and is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of our management and staff team in maintaining exceptional quality standards. 
Leighton House is currently the only rest home in Gisborne to have 4 year certification.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of our staff team in achieving this result. We are enormously proud of you all.

 

 

 

 

 

5th May 2017

 

Warmest Greetings

NEW CLINICAL MANAGER JOINS LEIGHTON HOUSE

With great pleasure we would like to announce the appointment of Walter Aupouri as the Clinical Manager of Leighton House, Gisborne.

 

Walter, who is originally from Gisborne, has spent a number of years working in Brisbane caring for people with chronic illness. With this valuable experience combined with post graduate nursing study Walter is well equipped in terms of both qualifications and experience to join Teresa in leading our Leighton team into the future.

 

Walter joined us on 6th March 2017, and is already well established in his new role.

 

We would love to welcome you to Leighton to meet him and hear more about the special care we offer at both Rest Home and Hospital level.

 

Warmest regards

 

Ruth Babonnick
National Clinical Manager

 

 

 

 

 

29th January 2014

 

 

 

Warmest greetings!

 

HOSPITAL CARE FOR LEIGHTON HOUSE

 

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

 

We have recently undertaken a special audit to enable us to provide hospital care at Leighton House This will be in addition to the existing rest home care, and will represent a significant extension of  the service we currently provide to our residents.

 

Hospital care will be provided in the East Wing. This bright and sunny area of our home has its own lounge with ample decking and views of the gardens. The bedrooms are sunny and spacious. We will soon be installing a homely kitchenette which will create a very special little self-contained home for just 11 people. It will be a very warm, cosy, comfortable place to be. The unique environment will be welcoming and tranquil, a home away from home for those frail people requiring this specialised care.

 

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

 

The addition of hospital care to our services at Leighton means that when our residents become more frail they will be able to stay on at Leighton instead of needing to transfer elsewhere.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place that is their home, with the people who know them well and know just how to care for them.  It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families and friends knowing that they will not have to move.

 

Hospital care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards Leighton House is known for. The service will be available from 3rd February onwards.

 

We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have regarding this new service.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Teresa McGregor                                            Jill Moroney
Operations Manager                                       Clinical Manager

 

 

 

 

New era for Leighton House

Dementia Care NZ has purchased Leighton House and takes over the facility on 11 July 2013.

The group of companies is co-owned and run by business partners Alison Hume and Jim Haines. 

Their expertise is in the redevelopment of aged care facilities, specialising in the care of elderly people.

They are currently successfully running seven facilities, two in Christchurch, one in Blenheim, one in Nelson, one in Waikanae, one in Levin and one in Wellington. They are highly experienced in all aspects of the development and management of a successful aged care facility.

The key to the success of the organisation is its total focus on providing best care for residents. "Our staff are a vital element in the successful provision of the person-centred care we provide," said Alison Hume. " It is essential to have caregiving and nursing staff with appropriate qualification and experience, and above all, with the 'knack' of working positively with the elderly, vulnerable and frail. Choosing the very best staff is key to the successful running of our homes."

Alison Hume and Jim Haines are working closely with the outgoing management of Leighton House to ensure a successful handover. "We have experience in ensuring that transitions of this nature occur smoothly and with the least possible stress. We are known for our open communication, transparency and highly person-centred approach to care, and for our strong focus on providing love and support to residents and their families at every stage of the residential care journey," says Alison Hume.

"This is the work we have chosen to do. In each of our homes we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.  Each person has their greatest chance of being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be."

"Above all, openness, honesty and integrity are central to our philosophy of care.

Leighton House - Hospital Care

14 days ago - Gisborne

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

 

 March 2018:

We’re blessed to live in such a socially bustling community here in Gisborne. For many years, a number of rest homes here have held monthly afternoon tea gatherings where we all have the opportunity to catch up with dear friends and make new ones too. Each quarter it is our turn to host. These lovely photos show the wonderful day we had with friends and family from Beetham and Dunblane rest homes. A staff member brought in her 2 week old grandson “Mahaki” who was passed around to all the ladies and Eva Richards (99 this year) enjoyed her moment holding him. We even had the pleasure of catching up with Therese Shivnan who was the manager of Leighton House some 30 years ago and wanted to see how Leighton had changed. She was very impressed with the view and reminisced about her time as manager here. A wonderful and special afternoon.

January 2018:

Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card making is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Leighton House we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card made especially for you by 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.

November 2017:

Recently Leighton house came third in the Gisborne Community Garden Competition for 2017 in the ‘Best Garden for Rest Home and Village’ section. Congratulations all of you! Images show our resident Nell enjoying the beautiful roses in one small section of our extensive gardens and other areas of our grounds. The delight and peace of our gardens bring us all is very special to us here at Leighton House.

 

 October 2017:

Meng Foon, our Mayor, recently asked if he could show a group of Chinese government officials around Leighton House, as China is looking at developing aged care facilities and the officials wanted to see some New Zealand examples. Our Clinical Manager Walter hosted the group and took them on a tour of the facility. Mayor Meng Foon, who is very popular with our residents, took time to stop and talk with them, which was much appreciated.
A group photo was taken and a gift was presented to Leighton House as a gesture of thanks.

 

September 2017:

Our Diversional Therapist Sandra was thrilled to pass on donations made by Leighton House residents and staff to Gisborne pet rescuer Lauren recently. Lauren saves and rescues all sorts of animals, including reptiles. Lauren’s work with the animals is not for profit and she pays all overheads herself so is very grateful for any donations. She is well known within the Gisborne community for her hard work, love, care and dedication. Awesome work Lauren!
(Lauren is holding her bearded dragon and baby rabbit. Sandra is holding Lauren’s blue-tongued lizard)

Colleen Stone is a real Leighton House ‘Good sort’.

Not only is she busy in her role as cleaner but she always finds the time to share special moments with residents, not to mention ensuring there are always fresh flowers in every person’s room.

We wish her well with retiring in November. She will be selling up and traveling New Zealand with her husband in their camper van. She will be very much missed!

 

 

 

 

0th July 2017- Four years certification for Leighton House:

We are delighted to announce that Leighton House has recently received four years certification from the Ministry of Health audit. This is the highest result possible and is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of our management and staff team in maintaining exceptional quality standards. 
Leighton House is currently the only rest home in Gisborne to have 4 year certification.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of our staff team in achieving this result. We are enormously proud of you all.

 

 

 

5th May 2017

 

Warmest Greetings

NEW CLINICAL MANAGER JOINS LEIGHTON HOUSE

With great pleasure we would like to announce the appointment of Walter Aupouri as the Clinical Manager of Leighton House, Gisborne.

 

Walter, who is originally from Gisborne, has spent a number of years working in Brisbane caring for people with chronic illness. With this valuable experience combined with post graduate nursing study Walter is well equipped in terms of both qualifications and experience to join Teresa in leading our Leighton team into the future.

 

Walter joined us on 6th March 2017, and is already well established in his new role.

 

We would love to welcome you to Leighton to meet him and hear more about the special care we offer at both Rest Home and Hospital level.

 

Warmest regards

 

Ruth Babonnick
National Clinical Manager

 

 

 

 29th January 2014

Warmest greetings!

 

HOSPITAL CARE FOR LEIGHTON HOUSE

 

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

 

We have recently undertaken a special audit to enable us to provide hospital care at Leighton House This will be in addition to the existing rest home care, and will represent a significant extension of  the service we currently provide to our residents.

 

Hospital care will be provided in the East Wing. This bright and sunny area of our home has its own lounge with ample decking and views of the gardens. The bedrooms are sunny and spacious. We will soon be installing a homely kitchenette which will create a very special little self-contained home for just 11 people. It will be a very warm, cosy, comfortable place to be. The unique environment will be welcoming and tranquil, a home away from home for those frail people requiring this specialised care.

 

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

 

The addition of hospital care to our services at Leighton means that when our residents become more frail they will be able to stay on at Leighton instead of needing to transfer elsewhere.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place that is their home, with the people who know them well and know just how to care for them.  It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families and friends knowing that they will not have to move.

 

Hospital care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards Leighton House is known for. The service will be available from 3rd February onwards.

 

We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have regarding this new service.

Yours sincerely

Teresa McGregor                                            Jill Moroney
Operations Manager                                     Clinical Manager

 

New era for Leighton House

Dementia Care NZ has purchased Leighton House and takes over the facility on 11 July 2013.

The group of companies is co-owned and run by business partners Alison Hume and Jim Haines. 

Their expertise is in the redevelopment of aged care facilities, specialising in the care of elderly people.

They are currently successfully running seven facilities, two in Christchurch, one in Blenheim, one in Nelson, one in Waikanae, one in Levin and one in Wellington. They are highly experienced in all aspects of the development and management of a successful aged care facility.

The key to the success of the organisation is its total focus on providing best care for residents. "Our staff are a vital element in the successful provision of the person-centred care we provide," said Alison Hume. " It is essential to have caregiving and nursing staff with appropriate qualification and experience, and above all, with the 'knack' of working positively with the elderly, vulnerable and frail. Choosing the very best staff is key to the successful running of our homes."

Alison Hume and Jim Haines are working closely with the outgoing management of Leighton House to ensure a successful handover. "We have experience in ensuring that transitions of this nature occur smoothly and with the least possible stress. We are known for our open communication, transparency and highly person-centred approach to care, and for our strong focus on providing love and support to residents and their families at every stage of the residential care journey," says Alison Hume.

"This is the work we have chosen to do. In each of our homes we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.  Each person has their greatest chance of being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be."

"Above all, openness, honesty and integrity are central to our philosophy of care.

Royal Heights Rest Home - Rest Home Care (Waitemata West)

14 days ago - Auckland

Are you looking for Rest home care or day care? We can help. 

www.rest-home.co.nz

Please note: We currently are asking non-essential visitors to communicate with family and friends by alternative means such as by phone or video call. Every small step during this small window of opportunity is extremely important and the communities support at this time is greatly appreciated to help keep everyone safe.

Room Vacancy Status

We currently have no vacancies, but we are taking expressions of interest for a possible impending vacancy in the near future. All rooms have an ensuite toilet and there is a mix of sizes and configurations such as those with glass sliding door to a garden courtyard or others with views toward the Waitakere ranges, Royal Heights Park or Auckland City and the bridge. Please call us to discuss.

We welcome visits to view the great resources our facility has for residents and our day stay clients. Book a visit by calling 09 833 9333 or to have a chat about your needs.

Day Stay

Please note: Our Day Care Programme is not operating as usual at this time. We are welcoming inquiries for the future but are unable to currently offer the service. Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Please have a chat to us about our day stay service These can be either regular or occasional. Join in the activities, entertainment and meet our friendly residents and staff. This is a booked service so we do need to discuss your day care needs before hand.

 


Royal Heights is proud to have achieved four years certification (twice running).

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

15 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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 - Rest Home Care

15 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

15 days ago - Blenheim

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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.

 

 

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Psychogeriatric Care

15 days ago - Nelson

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

January 2020:

We are delighted to welcome Corrine Coombe to the position of Operations Manager at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care

Corrine’s professional background is varied, including experience in teaching, catering, graphic design and management. She brings a wide range of skills and interests to her new role, together with a passion for community involvement and a strong belief in the power of working collectively.

Corrine has been based at Tasman in an accounts role for the past eight years and is familiar with our organisation’s Vision and Values and culture. She looks forward to working as a team to maintain a safe and happy environment where both staff and residents flourish.

 

October:

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to have the community activities organiser from Bunnings, Melanie Haymes, come on board with us at Tasman Rest Home and do something special for our residents. Melanie and our lead diversional therapist Aash arranged for residents, staff and family members to assist with an amazing garden project made possible by the donation of approximately $500 worth of flowers and gardening equipment by Bunnings Warehouse. We had a wonderful day together planting out all of the flowers and beautifying the outdoor environment of our home. Thank you Bunnings!

``

 

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 - Rest Home Care

15 days ago - Nelson

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

January 2020:

We are delighted to welcome Corrine Coombe to the position of Operations Manager at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care

Corrine’s professional background is varied, including experience in teaching, catering, graphic design and management. She brings a wide range of skills and interests to her new role, together with a passion for community involvement and a strong belief in the power of working collectively.

Corrine has been based at Tasman in an accounts role for the past eight years and is familiar with our organisation’s Vision and Values and culture. She looks forward to working as a team to maintain a safe and happy environment where both staff and residents flourish.

 November 2019:
 
A very warm welcome to the newest member of our team at Tasman  Erika Olsen. Erika  has joined Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care as Operations Manager.  Erika was drawn to the position by the values and philosophies of DCNZ.  In her short time at Tasman, Erika has been impressed by the staff commitment to the wellbeing of the residents and their families and the loving, heart-centred manner in which they work.  A former lawyer for vulnerable persons, mediator and volunteer , Erika is delighted  to be part of DCNZ .  Please pop in and introduce yourself to Erika as she would love to meet you. 
 
 

October 2018:

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to have the community activities organiser from Bunnings, Melanie Haymes, come on board with us at Tasman Rest Home and do something special for our residents. Melanie and our lead diversional therapist Aash arranged for residents, staff and family members to assist with an amazing garden project made possible by the donation of approximately $500 worth of flowers and gardening equipment by Bunnings Warehouse. We had a wonderful day together planting out all of the flowers and beautifying the outdoor environment of our home. Thank you Bunnings!

``

 

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

15 days ago - Nelson

     

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 
January 2020:
 
 
We are delighted to welcome Corrine Coombe to the position of Operations Manager at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care

Corrine’s professional background is varied, including experience in teaching, catering, graphic design and management. She brings a wide range of skills and interests to her new role, together with a passion for community involvement and a strong belief in the power of working collectively.

Corrine has been based at Tasman in an accounts role for the past eight years and is familiar with our organisation’s Vision and Values and culture. She looks forward to working as a team to maintain a safe and happy environment where both staff and residents flourish.

 
 
 November 2019:
 
A very warm welcome to the newest member of our team at Tasman  Erika Olsen. Erika  has joined Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care as Operations Manager.  Erika was drawn to the position by the values and philosophies of DCNZ.  In her short time at Tasman, Erika has been impressed by the staff commitment to the wellbeing of the residents and their families and the loving, heart-centred manner in which they work.  A former lawyer for vulnerable persons, mediator and volunteer , Erika is delighted  to be part of DCNZ .  Please pop in and introduce yourself to Erika as she would love to meet you. 
 
 
      October 2018:

 

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to have the community activities organiser from Bunnings, Melanie Haymes, come on board with us at Tasman Rest Home and do something special for our residents. Melanie and our lead diversional therapist Aash arranged for residents, staff and family members to assist with an amazing garden project made possible by the donation of approximately $500 worth of flowers and gardening equipment by Bunnings Warehouse. We had a wonderful day together planting out all of the flowers and beautifying the outdoor environment of our home. Thank you Bunnings!

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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.

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

15 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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.

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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 House Miramar - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

15 days ago - Wellington

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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.

 

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Psychogeriatric Care

15 days ago - Paraparaumu

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Hospital Care

15 days ago - Paraparaumu

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

January 2020:

The team at Millvale Lodge Lindale are thrilled to announce the opening of our new ten bedroom home for people requiring hospital level dementia care, ‘Tanika’. Tanika is cosy and relaxed, just like a family home, with an open plan kitchenette and dining area for residents and families to enjoy. The rooms are spacious with some offering an en-suite toilet. There is access to the beautiful gardens and an outside deck area for enjoying the fresh air and tranquil rural views. We still have a small number of rooms available so please feel free to come and meet our managers Rhea, Mary and the rest of the team, for a look around. We would love to meet you and are delighted to be able to offer this specialised service to our existing residents and the community.

 

 

November 2019:

A very warm welcome to our new Clinical Manager Mary Calonzo!

Mary has worked in a variety of clinical settings before starting her career in dementia. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked in the emergency department and also as a renal/haemodialysis nurse. She completed her bachelor’s degree in the Philippines with honours and is currently working towards a post graduate degree on Gerontology. Her passion to care and advocate for this vulnerable population has grown deeper as she completes her post graduate studies. Mary’s journey as a registered nurse specialising in the field of dementia started with Dementia Care NZ and she keeps herself updated by attending continuing professional education and trainings. She has worked previously at Admatha Dementia Care (a DCNZ facility in Christchurch) as a registered nurse for over a year and was the acting Clinical Manager there for a few months before stepping up as the Clinical Manager of Millvale Lodge Lindale. Mary has support from Arah Catergina, our Regional Clinical Manager.

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)

15 days ago - Paraparaumu

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

January 2020:

The team at Millvale Lodge Lindale are thrilled to announce the opening of our new ten bedroom home for people requiring hospital level dementia care, ‘Tanika’. Tanika is cosy and relaxed, just like a family home, with an open plan kitchenette and dining area for residents and families to enjoy. The rooms are spacious with some offering an en-suite toilet. There is access to the beautiful gardens and an outside deck area for enjoying the fresh air and tranquil rural views. We still have a small number of rooms available so please feel free to come and meet our managers Rhea, Mary and the rest of the team, for a look around. We would love to meet you and are delighted to be able to offer this specialised service to our existing residents and the community.

 

 

November 2019:

A very warm welcome to our new Clinical Manager Mary Calonzo!

Mary has worked in a variety of clinical settings before starting her career in dementia. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked in the emergency department and also as a renal/haemodialysis nurse. She completed her bachelor’s degree in the Philippines with honours and is currently working towards a post graduate degree on Gerontology. Her passion to care and advocate for this vulnerable population has grown deeper as she completes her post graduate studies. Mary’s journey as a registered nurse specialising in the field of dementia started with Dementia Care NZ and she keeps herself updated by attending continuing professional education and trainings. She has worked previously at Admatha Dementia Care (a DCNZ facility in Christchurch) as a registered nurse for over a year and was the acting Clinical Manager there for a few months before stepping up as the Clinical Manager of Millvale Lodge Lindale. Mary has support from Arah Catergina, our Regional Clinical Manager.

 

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

15 days ago - Waikanae

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

 

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.

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

15 days ago - Christchurch

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

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/

Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ - Psychogeriatric Care

15 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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

15 days ago - Christchurch

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

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)

15 days ago - Christchurch

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

March 21 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND VISITATION.

We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard
Director

 

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

.

 


 
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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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.

 

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/

 

Dementia Care NZ are now on Face Book! Simply search Dementia Care NZ, like us and stay informed with updates, educational information and our special stories.

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To improve social inclusion for our people, they have been learning how to use our tablets with Linda from literacy Aotearoa. We believe that it is important for us to be taking advantage of technology to retain contact with friends and family.

We currently have a sunny warm room available. If you are looking for not only a warm home but warm friendly people to care for you and your needs, then Alexander House is for you. 

Visit our facebook page and our website www.alexanderhouse.co.nz . 

Feel free to give Rocky a ring on 06 323 9326 

 

Edith Cavell Lifecare - Care Apartments (Resthome Wing)

17 days ago - Christchurch

Phone Edith Cavell reception for information on visiting

We have increased vigilance re coronavirus with deliveries just coming to the door not inside. We have stopped our private providers for personal services until further notice and concentrating on in house activities - we will keep on with our van rides for resident enjoyment but will not be visiting public areas.

Please phone for more information 033266608
 

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17 days ago - Christchurch

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18 days ago - Gisborne

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Read our latest newsletter here - our summer newsletter is due out in November - check back then for an update!

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24 days ago - Auckland

 

Palm Group is owned by Lifeline Agecare Ltd 

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Construction Has Begun

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27 days ago - Dargaville

Very happy to announce that our new Clinical Nurse Manager, Rebecca Elder, joined us at Norfolk Court on 30 December 2019.  Rebecca is a very experienced Nurse who has held various clinical and service leadership roles.  Her most recent role was in the emergency department at Whangarei Hospital.  Rebecca would love to meet you so please ask for her or knock on her door at Norfolk Court.

The seasons come and go very fast these days with the Summer over and being exceptionally super hot and dry but the summer sun is still with us during which is now Autumn and we finally have some rain in which has been urgently needed by all up here in the north. Really cannot believe how fast this year is going as the first 1/4 of the year is almost over.Before we know it, we will be once again huddled up for the winter weather once again. We do have to count our blessings that we did not have to deal with the tragic times that our Aussie neighbours have just had but they are strong and will be back to normal again . 

If at anytime you would like to come and visit or to have a look through our facility please do not hesitate to give us a call 09 439 6214 or email admin@norfolkcourt.co.nz or jwade@norfolkcourt.co.nz  , as we would love to show you through.

Have a look on our Facebook page "Norfolk Court Rest Home". 

 

Norfolk Court Home & Hospital Ltd - Rest Home Care

27 days ago - Dargaville

Very happy to announce that our new Clinical Nurse Manager, Rebecca Elder, joined us at Norfolk Court on 30 December 2019.  Rebecca is a very experienced Nurse who has held various clinical and service leadership roles.  Her most recent role was in the emergency department at Whangarei Hospital.  Rebecca would love to meet you so please ask for her or knock on her door at Norfolk Court.

The seasons come and go very fast these days with the Summer over and being exceptionally super hot and dry but the summer sun is still with us during which is now Autumn and we finally have some rain in which has been urgently needed by all up here in the north. Really cannot believe how fast this year is going as the first 1/4 of the year is almost over.Before we know it, we will be once again huddled up for the winter weather once again. We do have to count our blessings that we did not have to deal with the tragic times that our Aussie neighbours have just had but they are strong and will be back to normal again . 

If at anytime you would like to come and visit or to have a look through our facility please do not hesitate to give us a call 09 439 6214 or email admin@norfolkcourt.co.nz or jwade@norfolkcourt.co.nz  , as we would love to show you through.

Have a look on our Facebook page "Norfolk Court Rest Home". 

 

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27 days ago - Dargaville

Very happy to announce that our new Clinical Nurse Manager, Rebecca Elder, joined us at Norfolk Court on 30 December 2019.  Rebecca is a very experienced Nurse who has held various clinical and service leadership roles.  Her most recent role was in the emergency department at Whangarei Hospital.  Rebecca would love to meet you so please ask for her or knock on her door at Norfolk Court.

The seasons come and go very fast these days with the Summer over and being exceptionally super hot and dry but the summer sun is still with us during which is now Autumn and we finally have some rain in which has been urgently needed by all up here in the north. Really cannot believe how fast this year is going as the first 1/4 of the year is almost over.Before we know it, we will be once again huddled up for the winter weather once again. We do have to count our blessings that we did not have to deal with the tragic times that our Aussie neighbours have just had but they are strong and will be back to normal again . 

If at anytime you would like to come and visit or to have a look through our facility please do not hesitate to give us a call 09 439 6214 or email admin@norfolkcourt.co.nz or jwade@norfolkcourt.co.nz  , as we would love to show you through.

Have a look on our Facebook page "Norfolk Court Rest Home". 

 

Brylyn Residential Care - Hospital Care

27 days ago - Hamilton

Weekend Music

 

Every weekend we have a paid musician who comes in to entertain the residents , the families and visitors. Everyone is welcome to join in these sessions , for a list of dates and times please phone 8494025 or email RCO.BRYLYNRESTHOME@gmail.com

 We write a monthly newsletter. 

Sort Out Service - Downsizing and Relocation

29 days ago - Wellington Area

ARE YOU READY TO PUT YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET AND NEED TO DOWNSIZE OR DECLUTTER? 
When you need an extra pair of hands or someone who can get the job done for you, we're here to help.  We work with people who don't have the time, energy or support to get these hard to start jobs sorted.  Call us for a FREE half hour consultation.   
 
SORT OUT SERVICE  021 227 3345 
To find out more visit www.sortoutservice.co.nz