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Rosewood Rest Home & Hospitals - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care (Two Specialised Dementia Care Units)

20 hours ago - Christchurch

We have a room available at present - please give us a call and come have a look round

you can easily request a brochure from our Eldernet page!

George our Cat is waiting at Reception to greet you!

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

Rosewood Rest Home & Hospitals - Dementia Care (Secure environment)

20 hours ago - Christchurch

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

Riversdale Lifestyle Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

3 days ago - Taradale, Napier

On Saturday 14 October we will be celebrating 20 years from when the first residents moved into Riversdale, some of whom still live in the village.

Home Assistants for Seniors - Home Help and Personal Care/Assistance

5 days ago - Christchurch

From the desk.  September 2017

IT IS BEST TO BE INFORMED

 

Whenever we go out into the community to talk to people about the service we provide, 

 we often end up talking about Retirement Villages or Residential Care.  How the costs  

compare?   What they are entitled to?    Often one of the most important issues for our  

parents’ and grandparents’ generation is how that will impact on their ability to leave 

something to their children or grandchildren? 

 

There are three main options for Seniors to consider and the reality is they  all are “user pays”:

 

Residential Care:  If they have assets over the asset threshold, they will be expected to  

use those assets to pay for any care costs they may have in the future. The average 

National cost is $1400/week plus extras.   Potentially, the more our parents and  

grandparents keep safe for that rainy day, the more they may have to pay in residential  

care costs.  The current asset threshold for a Work and Income Residential Care  

Subsidy is $219,889 for a single person or for a couple when both are in care and 

 $120,416 for a couple where one is still living in the family home. If the value of the  

assets, whether those assets are held jointly or separately, is over that threshold, our  

parents will be required to pay for their care.  And, if their investments are earning  

interest, any interest earned will also go toward payment of their care costs. 

 

 

 

Retirement Villages: A licence to occupy gives its holder no property rights, just the  

right to stay as long as they are fit enough to do so, and when they do vacate, they or  

their estate only get back around 70-75 per cent of the sum they paid for the licence as 

the operator will deduct a deferred maintenance fee of 25-30 per cent.  And even if it is  

sold at a higher price the departing resident gets no share of the gains.  It is not just the  

purchase price prospective residents must consider, Residents also pay weekly fees  

covering things like rates, security, gardening and maintenance.  In addition to the  

weekly payments the resident is still responsible for some of their own costs like  

contents insurance.  Research suggests that people making the decision to move into a  

retirement village are not as well informed as they could be.  The decision to move is  

often prompted by a negative event.  Villages are secure and friendly places to live,  

however there are significant costs to retirement village living which will leave your  

estate depleted.  

 

 Staying in the family home with Private Care/Support in their own home:

Flexible support services tailored to their needs.  In some cases Government funding in  

the form of Carer Support is available.  The service can be co-ordinated to work in with  

Government funded home care providers which are assessed on needs and not asset  

tested.  The decline in independence is catered for while retaining social and  

community connections.   The property continues to increase in value so their estate  

has the capital gain when sold.

 

  

 Recommend that your parents and grandparents have a clear idea of what their  

options are.    As with all areas of estate planning, it is important that you seek good 

advice from a legal and financial team who understand how this area may impact on you.


  The only thing guaranteed is that we will all age and it will come at a cost to us.

 

 

 

Olive Tree Retirement - Dementia Care (Secure environment) (Olive Tree Safe Care Unit)

5 days ago - Palmerston North 4412

Olive Tree will be partaking in the annual Alzheimer’s New Zealand ‘Memory Walk’ – Saturday 23rd September. Raising awareness of dementia TOGETHER!

Settlers Albany Lifestyle Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

6 days ago - Auckland

New to the market Clemow 9 is a two bedroom Townhouse that is also pet friendly, priced at $939,000 it won't be available for long!

St Albans Retirement Village - Hospital Care (St Albans Retirement Village)

7 days ago - Christchurch

We are currently building a public cafe and a lovely new entrance to the village.

Admatha Lodge - Dementia Care NZ - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care (Monami and Amour - two small care units)

10 days ago - Christchurch

September 2017:

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

August 2017:

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


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



New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


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




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




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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ROAD WORKS ON AVERIL STREET 18/02/2013

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

 

 

At a number of our homes we have been holding a weekly 'coffee club'.  This is a time for socialisation, reminiscing, sharing time with family and friends, creating magic moments. Out come the lovely table cloths, the special china, the flowers on the tables not to mention the lovely home baked goodies and coffee! If you would like to join your friend or loved one for coffee club, please conta...ct the operations manager of the facility for details. We would love to share this time with you.
 
Donya Nee, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy Team from Dementia Care NZ.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 Exercise Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS.

OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:

  • Our Vision and Values – Are the cornerstone of all we do. We select our staff based upon our vision and values. This means we attract the right people and have a great staff retention. Staff have a high level of job satisfaction and many opportunities to grow which naturally results in best performance and positively impacts upon our residents’ well being.
  • Open home – Our families are always welcome. You have an open invitation to share mealtimes with your loved one, at no charge. We want you to have as much special time with your loved one as possible. This benefits us all.
  •  Small Homes  – Small homes mean that the environment feels more normalised, and residents orientate to their environment more easily.. There is a family feel. We get to know our residents very well. There are fewer faces to get to know. There is a higher staff ratio than in many larger facilities.
  • Open Plan kitchens - Purpose designed kitchens mean that residents and their families have full, assisted and safe access to familiar homely activities. People can help rinse the dishes, make a cup of tea, wipe down the bench, and be part of the running of their home. Baking and cooking activities occur regularly.
  • Bedrooms – Are warm and cosy. There is under-floor heating as well as wall unit heating. People are encouraged to bring special things from home, to make their room feel familiar and homely. We provide all of the necessities.
  •  Family Support  – Our families have the opportunity to meet monthly with an independent facilitator to share thoughts, feelings and concerns about having a loved one in care. At Levin and Waikanae support is available over the phone.
  • Special Programmes for Families - We enjoy having two special courses for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.
  • Our team: Our staff team are hand-picked and are with us because they love working with people who have dementia. They are given many opportunities to grow within the organisation and are supported to be their very best. We provide them with free medical attention and  staff support from ‘Work Place Support’ . They are also given much in the way of Education. We are great believers in the power of education and support for growth.
  • Education - We have an Education Coordinator who coordinates , supports, motivates and encourages staff to grow and develop as much as possible.
  • Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care training – All our staff attend this training as a part of their comprehensive ‘orientation’ program. It is based on the ground-breaking work of Virginia Bell and David Troxell, and originated in the U.S.A. The main focus is on developing empathy, communication and an understanding of our residents’ needs.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention – This is an internationally recognised qualification that we encourage all staff members to participate in.  This course supports what is learnt in the Best Friends Approach to Care training. Intercultural training – Our staff team have the opportunity to be a part of  comprehensive training around intercultural awareness. This training is designed to help staff understand the varying cultural needs  of our residents, as well as fellow staff members.
  • Occupational Therapy – We have a very experienced Occupational Therapist who leads our team of Diversional Therapists.  She is also available for consulting regarding residents’ specific needs and/or behaviours of concern.
  • Physiotherapist – Our Physiotherapist visits our home regularly.
  • Dietician – Our dietician is on site on a regular basis and is available for advice at anytime.
  • Community Care – We have a proactive approach  to education for the wider community around dementia care.
  • We speak at both national and international  conferences  on the subject of excellence in person-centred care. Community education, removing the stigma from dementia and increasing the quality of life for people who have dementia are  passions we love to share with others.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea, we  have four years certification.

 

VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

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

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

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

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

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

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

10 days ago - Christchurch

September 2017:

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

 

 

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

 

August 2017

 

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




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


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



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

 

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

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

...

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

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

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



Refurbishments at Admatha - June 27th 2016

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

 


Winter garden walks at Admatha Home - June 2016

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



New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


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


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

AGE CONCERN POSITIVE AGEING EXPO SEPTEMBER 30TH:
 
We are very excited to be holding an information stall at the Age Concern, positive Ageing expo on September 30th. It is always such a superb event with many interesting contributors. It is also a wonderful way to connect with our community. we hope to see you there!
 
(Photograph: Avonlea Operations Manager Kirsty Hart and Admatha Operations Manager Sue Denton at the recent Age Concern Expo)
 
 
 
 
RAKING LEAVES  - JUNE 2013:
 
 
Winter is nearly here! With the beautiful coloured leaves swishing off our huge tree's, blowing gracefully past our windows and settling on the grounds. A number of our gentlemen have greatly enjoyed raking them all up recently. The seasons bring such a variety of  things for us to do in the garden.
 
 
AUTUMN COMES TO ADMATHA - April 2013:
 
Autumn is upon us and so is lots of 'end of summer fruit' that has over burdened my garden...   At Admatha our residents have filled the home with the sweet and spicey aroma of fresh home made chutney.........'Pear and green tomato' We had so much fun making this together and sharing our produce, as well as keeping a supply for our kitchenette.   Donya, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy team at Admatha.
 
 
CREATIVE COOKING CLUB February 2013:
 
Our people at Dementia Care NZ simply love their 'creative cooking club' creations! At every home, people have the opportunity to take part in cooking groups. Some people love to help with the making, some with the directing, some with the reminiscing, the observing and the eating!   But every one.........Has a superb time.
 
 
 
 
 ROAD WORKS ON AVERIL STREET 18/02/2013
We wish to advise visitors to Admatha Home and Hospital that there are significant road works happening on our street. Even though the sign may say no access, you can drive up the clear part of the road and use our car parks.
 
 
 
 
 
January 29th 2013
 
The weather has been so delightfully warm in Christchurch! We have been enjoying picnics and sing-alongs in the shade of our lovely old trees at Admatha.
 
January 11th 2013
At a number of our homes we have been holding a weekly 'coffee club'.  This is a time for socialisation, reminiscing, sharing time with family and friends, creating magic moments.
Out come the lovely table cloths, the special china, the flowers on the tables not to mention the lovely home baked goodies and coffee! If you would like to join your friend or loved one for coffee club, please conta...ct the operations manager of the facility for details. We would love to share this time with you.
 
 Donya Nee, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy Team from Dementia Care NZ.

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Exercise Programme

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

ADMATHA HOME AND HOSPITAL AUDIT SUCCESS.

 

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

 

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ... AND IT WORKS.

 

OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:

 

  • Our Vision and Values – Are the cornerstone of all we do. We select our staff based upon our vision and values. This means we attract the right people and have a great staff retention. Staff have a high level of job satisfaction and many opportunities to grow which naturally results in best performance and positively impacts upon our residents’ well being.
  • Open home – Our families are always welcome. You have an open invitation to share mealtimes with your loved one, at no charge. We want you to have as much special time with your loved one as possible. This benefits us all.
  •  Small Homes  – Small homes mean that the environment feels more normalised, and residents orientate to their environment more easily.. There is a family feel. We get to know our residents very well. There are fewer faces to get to know. There is a higher staff ratio than in many larger facilities.
  • Open Plan kitchens - Purpose designed kitchens mean that residents and their families have full, assisted and safe access to familiar homely activities. People can help rinse the dishes, make a cup of tea, wipe down the bench, and be part of the running of their home. Baking and cooking activities occur regularly.
  • Bedrooms – Are warm and cosy. There is under-floor heating as well as wall unit heating. People are encouraged to bring special things from home, to make their room feel familiar and homely. We provide all of the necessities.
  •  Family Support  – Our families have the opportunity to meet monthly with an independent facilitator to share thoughts, feelings and concerns about having a loved one in care. At Levin and Waikanae support is available over the phone.
  • Special Programmes for Families - We enjoy having two special courses for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.
  • Our team: Our staff team are hand-picked and are with us because they love working with people who have dementia. They are given many opportunities to grow within the organisation and are supported to be their very best. We provide them with free medical attention and  staff support from ‘Work Place Support’ . They are also given much in the way of Education. We are great believers in the power of education and support for growth.
  • Education - We have an Education Coordinator who coordinates , supports, motivates and encourages staff to grow and develop as much as possible.
  • Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care training – All our staff attend this training as a part of their comprehensive ‘orientation’ program. It is based on the ground-breaking work of Virginia Bell and David Troxell, and originated in the U.S.A. The main focus is on developing empathy, communication and an understanding of our residents’ needs.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention – This is an internationally recognised qualification that we encourage all staff members to participate in.  This course supports what is learnt in the Best Friends Approach to Care training. Intercultural training – Our staff team have the opportunity to be a part of  comprehensive training around intercultural awareness. This training is designed to help staff understand the varying cultural needs  of our residents, as well as fellow staff members.
  • Occupational Therapy – We have a very experienced Occupational Therapist who leads our team of Diversional Therapists.  She is also available for consulting regarding residents’ specific needs and/or behaviours of concern.
  • Physiotherapist – Our Physiotherapist visits our home regularly.
  • Dietician – Our dietician is on site on a regular basis and is available for advice at anytime.
  • Community Care – We have a proactive approach  to education for the wider community around dementia care.
  • We speak at both national and international  conferences  on the subject of excellence in person-centred care. Community education, removing the stigma from dementia and increasing the quality of life for people who have dementia are  passions we love to share with others.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea and Admatha, we  have four years certification.

 


VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

 

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

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

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

 

 

RESPITE CARE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

I look foward to meeting with you.

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

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

 

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

Millvale House Levin - Dementia Care NZ - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care

10 days ago - Levin

September 2017: 

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

August 2017:

Recently during some time spent together, one of the ladies in our dementia hospital drew this beautiful ‘map of New Zealand’. It is especially poignant that Kapiti Island stands out as somewhere of particular significance to her. This lady’s talent and creativity shines through the artwork and accompanying poem We are so lucky to share people’s lives, interests and abilities here at Millvale House Levin.

December 2016

 

Our residents love planting veggies in the springtime, and our raised planter beds make it easy. There are few things as satisfying as the feel of rich earth under your fingers as you tuck the baby seedlings in, the pleasure of watching them grow, watering and tending them, and harvesting them in months to come.



 

November 23rd 2016:

 

 

 

At Millvale House we are all loving the warmer weather. Our vegetable gardens have been newly planted for summer, the flowers are blooming and our small  home is filled with fresh air and sunshine, and the happy voices of visiting family and friends.

 

 

 

We want to take this opportunity to let you know that our Facebook page is now live and available to update family and any other interested parties. We will be sharing stories on what is new around the home and what we have been up to. Please feel free to get onto Facebook and search  ’Millvale House Levin’.
A recent activity that has been thoroughly enjoyed by our hospital residents has been the study of Monarch butterflies. Every summer at Millvale House Levin we spend time with our residents carefully tending swan plants and having the great enjoyment of watching the cycle of the Monarch butterfly. We set the plants out in the garden and watch as the Monarchs flutter around laying their eggs. We then take the plants back indoors and keep an eye on the caterpillars as they grow. We wait patiently till eventually chrysalis form, and then one by one the chrysalis opened to reveal beautiful butterflies.
This miracle of nature brings us all fresh joy every year.
We also want to ensure that people know we are always prepared to go the extra mile here at Millvale House Levin. We understand that moving into hospital care can be a daunting and stressful experience. Some people sadly do not have family or friends who are able to help with this emotional and busy process. Our caring staff are always willing to help with such things as shifting new residents belongings into the home, naming  belongings for them and help with setting up their new space to make it as homely and familiar as possible. This is just a part of what we do at Millvale House Levin.

 

 

 

 

 

 



November 2016

The team at Millvale House Levin are very pleased to announce their new Facebook page 'Millvale House Levin'
This is an excellent way for you to stay in the loop around news and events, activities and stories, interesting research articles and more pertaining to dementia and elderly care and the everyday happenings in our home. Please feel free to hop online and have a look, like us and friend us to stay updated with Millvale House Levin.

 

November 2016

At Millvale House Levin our diversional therapists have been taking advantage of the lovely weather to engage in activities that have special meaning to our residents.
One gentleman always had a great interest in Monarch butterflies and kept us advised on how to go about supporting the Monarch butterfly, which had been recently covered on the news as becoming scarcer throughout the country. We spent time carefully tending swan plants and having the great enjoyment of watchin...g the cycle of the Monarch butterfly. We set the plants out in the garden and watched as the Monarchs fluttered around laying their eggs. We then took the plants back indoors and were able to keep an eye on the caterpillars as they grew daily. We waited patiently till eventually 8 chrysalis formed. They were so beautiful with their little flecks of gold. Then one by one the chrysalis opened to reveal beautiful butterflies which once their wings had dried made their way out of the nearby door.
This project gave us all great pleasure and enabled our residents to share their knowledge and interest in the subject too, while giving us all the satisfaction of knowing that we were doing our bit to support this beautiful butterfly.

 

 





A New Operations Manager for Millvale House Levin:

 

12th July 2016

 

Warmest Greetings

 

Introducing Ravi John: Facility Manager, Millvale House Levin

 

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to introduce the new Facility Manager of Millvale House Levin, Ravi John.

 

Ravi is a Registered nurse with over 15 years of comprehensive nursing experience in India, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. He has worked in various clinical settings such as Medical, Surgical, Intensive Care, Orthopaedic, Older Persons’ Health, Community Mental Health and Forensic Mental Health. Ravi has great empathy for people with advanced dementia, and is a passionate champion of their right to dignity, respect and loving care. He regards his greatest asset as being the ability to provide optimum holistic care to all residents, alongside his healthcare team.

 

Ravi’s pledge to residents, family and staff is to promote a non-judgmental atmosphere, effective communication, and a calm and homely environment where all family/whanau are welcome to join us in the care of their loved ones.

We are delighted to welcome Ravi to our team, and wish him a long, successful and above all happy career with Millvale House Levin.







New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


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


 

October 2013 - Levin Age on the go seniors expo, was superb. Thanks to all of the organisers and fellow contributors who helped to create such a positive event.

 

 

 

(photograph - Helen McClean, Diversional Therapy team leader)

 

 

 

Our Spring Visitors at Millvale House

 

As spring draws to a close here at Millvale House in Levin, we hope the Tui who graced us with their presence will see fit to return to us again next year. Our trees were in full bloom, and many Tui delighted in feeding on the plentiful nectar available to them.

We were able to spend time in the garden observing them feeding and listening to their beautiful song. We had information sheets with interesting Tui facts. Did you know that Tui not only imitate the song call of other species of birds such as the bell bird, but thanks to their rare dual voice box, there have been cases where they have managed to mimic the human voice.

They inspired us to create a piece of art work representing these beautiful birds, made up of natural bark, leaves, twigs tissue paper and photocopied images which now hangs proudly in one of our peaceful lounges. We are grateful for their visit to our garden and look forward hopefully to a return visit next year.

What a wonderful opportunity this was to share with our residents.

Helen McLane - Diversional Therapist

Wairarapa Village - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

10 days ago - Masterton

 

    

Palmerston Manor - Hospital Care

11 days ago - Palmerston North 4412

All meals cooked / baked fresh on site.

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

11 days ago - Hastings 4122

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

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

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

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

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

 



The AFB Lusk Club Home Trust Inc - Community Groups

12 days ago - Havelock North

LUSK CENTRE HAVELOCK NORTH  PH 877 0300

34 Te Aute Road Hastings

Monday  

  Curves Exercises with a professional instructor 1.30-2.30pm, $3

 

Tuesday

  4th Week 26th Sept Needle work & Natter  10-12 midday  Quiz 1.30 - 4pm

            Quiz afternoons 2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoons 1.30- 4pm, $3

            Make a team of 4 or come to join us all welcome


Wednesday

  3rd Week 20th Sept Outing  to Wairunga, Bring your own lunch and warm cloth

       Meet at Centre 10.30 for 10.40  Departure Returning around 2pm, $8

  4th Week 27th Sept Sing a-long with David and Glenda  Celebrating Spring 1.30pm

       

Thursday:

   Morning is social

   Afternoon Cards and Games  500, Rummikub 1.30pm-4.00pm

   

Friday:    

   Scottish Dancing  9.30am-10.30am

   Mah Jong Learners 10am-12 midday

   Cards and Games  500, rummikub 1.30pm -4.00pm 

 

Saturday and Sunday:

  CLOSED

 

 

Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home - Rest Home Care (Resthome)

13 days ago - Hamilton

Our newly completed canopy provides longer outside enjoyment to our residents and families.

 

A quiet garden area is now completed at the back of our garden for staff and families to enjoy.

 

At our reception entrance we have created a semi formal garden including  a water feature sensory gardens and seating to enjoy the surroundings 

We were delighted  to  be awarded  Care Home of the Year for 2016. Bupa has 64 Care Home throughout NZ

Eventhorpe were Care Home of the Year 2015

 Eventhorpe were third in the Bupa Care Home of the Year for 2014

 

We have created a new garden at the back of the property - a quiet space to sit and enjoy the wall art and sensory planting.

We are currently creating a new garden at the front of Eventhorpe 

Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home - Hospital Care (Hospital)

13 days ago - Hamilton

November 2016 Eventhorpe Rest Home & Hospital were awarded the Care Home of the Year. Our facility strives hard to provide the best care for our residents and we are proud to have maintained number one position (out of 64 Care Homes throughout NZ).

November 2015 Eventhorpe Rest Home & Hospital were awarded the Bupa ' Care Home of the Year'.

Eventhorpe placed third in 2014 and are extremely honoured and proud to have achieved number one (out of 60 Care Homes throughout NZ) for 2015/16.

We have created a new garden at the back of the property. A quiet place to sit and admire the wall art and sensory planting.

 

We have designed and are currently in construction  of our new garden at the front of Eventhorpe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Care Maupuia - Hospital Care

14 days ago - Wellington 6022

Tuesday 15 August 2017 - ‘India Independence Day Celebrations’  

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

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

Monday 10 July 2017 - Balloon Noodle Antics’  

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 12 June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

14 days ago - Wellington 6022

 Tuesday 15 August 2017 - ‘India Independence Day Celebrations’  

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

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents

Monday 10 July 2017 -Balloon Noodle Antics’  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We strive to reawaken the fun loving side of our residents



Monday 12 June 2017

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

 

April 2017

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

Interior and exterior walls

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

Stained-glass windows

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

Recesses

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

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

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

The sanctuary

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

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

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



March 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Great morning was had by all.

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

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Rest Home Care

17 days ago - Paraparaumu


September 2017:

 

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



JULY 2017:

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

 

Good examples of dementia care highlighted


Hon Nicky Wagner

Associate Minister of Health


24 May 2017
Good examples of dementia care highlighted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

3rd August 2016

 

 

 

Warmest Greetings

 

EXPERIENCED NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR MILLVALE LODGE LINDALE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Lexi:

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

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

 

 

 

19/02/2014

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

 

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

 

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

Millvale Lodge Lindale - Hospital Care

17 days ago - Paraparaumu

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 environment)

17 days ago - Paraparaumu

 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

Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care

17 days ago - Nelson

 

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

17 days ago - Nelson

 

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 - Hospital Care

17 days ago - Nelson

 

September 2017:

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

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

 

Our Piano - July 2016

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

 

 





New website for Dementia Care NZ:



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

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

17 days ago - Nelson


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.

Leighton House - Rest Home Care

17 days ago - Gisborne 4010

 

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

17 days ago - Gisborne 4010

 

 

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.

Millvale House Miramar - Dementia Care NZ - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care

17 days ago - Wellington 6022

 

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.

 

Senior Citizens Association, Timaru - Community Groups

17 days ago - Timaru

Give us a call or pop in for a chat! See what we can do to help you.

Easyrider Tours - Transport (Easyrider Tours)

17 days ago - Hamilton 3283

Check out Waikato Time's write up of our service: Social transport service available for people with disabilites in Waikato

Selwyn Village Kerridge Home & Hospital - Rest Home Care

18 days ago - Auckland

 

Baby Buddies initiative wins ‘Community Connections’ award for The Selwyn Foundation

 Charitable trust, The Selwyn Foundation, has won the 2017 New Zealand Aged Care Association/Medi-Map ‘Community Connections’ Award for its unique community outreach ‘Baby Buddies’ visiting programme. The initiative involves Selwyn’s care home residents playing host to mums and their babies and toddlers each week, and brings fun, spontaneity, variety and new friendships to the benefit of all those taking part.

The award was presented during the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s (NZACA) annual conference, following a submission and presentation by Selwyn on the positive psychological and social effects that the weekly visits achieve for everyone concerned. By bringing people together and strengthening community links, the visits are having a huge impact on people's quality of life and overall wellbeing.

The benefits are reciprocal.  By opening their home to the mothers and babies – and sharing their knowledge, wisdom and experience – residents have meaningful engagement with members of the local community and are able to make a positive difference in the lives of some vulnerable members of the neighbourhood.  For new mumswho may have no close family nearby, the visits offer the chance to meet others and also provide valuable socialisation opportunities for their little ones.

The Foundation’s Group Diversional Therapist, Orquidea Mortera, who introduced the programme says: “Baby Buddies have a wonderful influence on the lives of both our female and male residents, who have developed some great new friendships in the local area as a result.

“The visits lift people’s spirits and add to the enjoyment of life, inspiring a sense of optimism and a greater feeling of belonging and community. Since communicating with young children inspires spontaneous engagement, enthusiasm and joy, our residents feel reinvigorated and refreshed as a result of the interaction. The time spent with the mums and bubs is definitely a great talking point with everyone for the rest of the day,” she says.  

The Baby Buddies visits also ease some of the effects of age-related conditions and benefit residents with serious memory loss or cognitive and physical limitations.

Developing strong connections with the community can have tremendous benefits for the young and old alike.For young mums, social contact with others can help reduce feelings of loneliness that can lead to post-natal depression. During the hour-long, fun-packed sessions, both groups take an active part in each other’s lives through birthday celebrations, reminiscence, learning, fun activities and games. 

The initiative is part of The Selwyn Foundation’s unique and holistic approach to providing care and promoting the wellbeing of its residents.  Selwyn’s ‘Engagement-in-life’ focus centres on creating joyful opportunities for residents, and helping each person maintain their life-long interests that bring them joy, meaning and emotional contentment.

Orquidea says: “The visits bring back a lot of happy memories for residents of raising their own children. But the benefits go two-way, with the mums appreciating the opportunity to connect with others, not to mention all the collective parenting wisdom and reassurances they get from our residents. Such intergenerational contact also teaches the children how to interact with people different to themselves.”

The prestigious NZACA/EBOS Healthcare ‘Excellence in Care’ Awards highlight the continuous pursuit of excellence by residential aged care homes and their staff.  The ‘Community Connections’ Award recognises exceptional effort by aged care providers in catering for residents’ needs and preferences by creating a feeling of community within a care home, or by outreach to the surrounding community, or connecting residents with family and friends. 

This is the third time that The Selwyn Foundation has won an NZACA Award.  It was a recipient last year, when it received the ‘Innovative Delivery’ Award for its use of PARO therapeutic robotic seals in its residential aged care homes, and in 2010 for the introduction of its ‘At Home at Selwyn’ model of care, (which also received the supreme award for ‘Overall Excellence in Aged Care’ the same year).

Anyone interested in further information on setting up a Baby Buddies programme within an aged care environment can contact Orquidea Mortera at orquideam@selwyncare.org.nz.  

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

18 days ago - Auckland

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

www.rest-home.co.nz

Room Vacancy Available

We currently have a vacancy for a Rest Home room available. Call about any other room impending vacancies.

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 have a chat to us about our day stay service These can be either regular or occasional. 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).

Age Concern Central Hawke's Bay - Community Groups

20 days ago - Waipukurau 4200

 

September 2017 with Age Concern

 

TEA/COFFEE

Tea/coffee morning will be held at the Masonic Lodge from 10am onwards on 8th & 29th September.  Transport Available $4.00.  Don’t forget the sales table. Door $3.00, Raffle $2.00.  All welcome.

CARDS 500

A group meets every Tuesday at the office from 1.00pm till 3.30.  $2.00 fee.  Come and join in. 

 RUMMIKUB

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

SIT AND BE FIT SESSION

Every Tuesday at Masonic Lodge Hall.  9.30am start followed with a cup of tea.  Instructor: Frances Heke, Physiotherapist.  Cost $4.00.  All welcome.  Transport available.  All welcome. 

 PODIATRIST

 Friday 1st & 29th September —book at the office. 

CHB Festival—  Thursday 7th September

 Over 100 top quality craft stalls….  From Oriental Rugs to Belgian Chocolate Truffles including lots of fashion, copperware, garden statuary and jewellery with a special emphasis on wooden artwork—everything from furniture to platters.  You really can shop ‘till you drop!  Hastings have offered to run their van from the office to the festival and back for us.  Cost: $5.00.  Entry etc your cost.

 

Arataki Honey, Birdwood Gallery Trip— Wednesday 27th September

Followed by lunch at the Rose and Shamrock in Havelock North.  If you would like to purchase honey at Arataki, bring a container as it works out much cheaper than purchasing at the shops.

Cost $15.00 for transport.  Lunch etc your expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olive Tree Retirement - Rest Home Care

20 days ago - Palmerston North 4412

Due to demand, we operate a waiting list. If you are interested in moving to Olive Tree, please make contact or visit us so we can register you on our waiting list.

Safelet , Your Safety Bracelet - Equipment and Products

20 days ago - Christchurch

We all strive to be independent and active. And so we should. But navigating this world isn’t always easy and at times we all feel a little vulnerable. Sometimes it’s just good to know that there are people around you that would jump to your aid if anything was wrong.

In an emergency, it’s often impossible to reach for your phone. Safelet is a ‘smart bracelet’ that lets you instantly alert your community of guardians ( friends & family) so they know where you are and that you need help.

It’s about removing the worry so that you can do all the everyday things you want to do, safe in the knowledge that your network of friends & family are always by your side.

Call Sharron or Brenda anytime on 03 3487919 to chat about Safelet & the peace of mind it will give you and your loved ones.

To order your own Safelet , visit our website or if it's easier for you , just give us a call.

Harmans Lawyers - Professional Services

24 days ago - Christchurch

 

Incapacity & the Elderly Trustee

The article was written by Fleur McDonald.

As a nation, our population is aging.  Alongside this is an increase in the number of people who can no longer continue to manage their own affairs due to mental incapacity. Where the incapacitated person is the Trustee of a family or discretionary trust that can make the administration of the trust all but impossible.

As most trust deeds require that Trustees act unanimously, if one Trustee is incapacitated, and therefore unable to act or participate in decision making, it will leave the remaining Trustees, and the Trust itself, in limbo until such time as that incapacitated trustee has been removed.

The removal of an incapacitated trustee can be effected by:

1.  Using the Trust Deed

Where there is a specific power of appointment held by someone who is alive, and who is not the incapacitated trustee, they can use that power to remove a trustee, whether that trustee is incapacitated or not. This may require having a difficult conversation with an aging trustee but will save all parties anxiety, time and money.

2.  Section 43 of the Trustee Act 1956

If the Trust Deed is silent as to who holds the power of appointment, or the incapacitated trustee is the trustee with the power of appointment, s 43 can be used to remove the incapacitated trustee but only where that trustee is being replaced by a new trustee. 

3.  Section 51 of the Trustee Act

The Court can, under s 51, exercise its power to remove an incapacitated trustee but only when it is “inexpedient, difficult or impractical to do so without the assistance of the Court …”[i] and, as with s 43 above, only where the incapacitated trustee is being replaced. 

The Courts also have an inherent jurisdiction to remove an incapacitated trustee if the Court is satisfied that it is in the interests of the beneficiaries and where “… the continuance of the trustee would prevent the trusts being properly executed …”[ii] 

Transferring the Trust Property 

Once the incapacitated trustee has been removed, any real property owned by the trust will need to be transferred into the names of the new Trustees. 

An Enduring Power of Attorney in relation to Property (EPA Property) cannot be used for this purpose, as this document deals with personal property and does not extend to property owned as a trustee. 

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has confirmed that an Attorney appointed under an EPA Property cannot sign an Authority & Instruction Form for an incapacitated trustee. 

That being the case, an application to the High Court will be need to be made for a Vesting Order, under s 52 of the Trustee Act 1956, to vest the trust property in the names of the new Trustees. 

As Trustees get older, regular meetings of the Trustees will be critical for the on-going management of the Trust. At Harmans we have experience in dealing with trust law and estate planning and can help you to ensure your Trust operates as it should  Give Fleur McDonald a call on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation. 


[i]AG v Ngati Karewa and Ngati Tahinga Trust 5/11/01, Randerson J, HC Auckland M2073/99

[ii]Letterstedt v Broers (1884) 9 App Case 386 (PC)

 

Denture Art - Dental

25 days ago - Auckland

Ultra high impact acrylic dentures. Recreating nature.

Village at the Park - Retirement Villages ('Purchase')

25 days ago - Wellington 6023

Our new apartment block that will open in November 2017 is looking great.  The apartments are selling fast. There are 28 new apartments with only 7 still available. The available apartments include a ground floor 84sqm apartment, 1 x 70 sqm one bedroom and 5 x 40sqm one bedroom.

Corcoran French Lawyers - Professional Services (Corcoran French Lawyers)

26 days ago - Christchurch 8141

 

Ruperte graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB (Hons) in 1982.

 

 

 

She worked in private practice in Christchurch for 10 years, and from 1994 until 2016 worked as a trust manager, legal adviser and in-house legal counsel for a large trustee corporation.

 

 

 

In 2016 she returned to private practice and joined Corcoran French in mid-2017.

 

 

 

Ruperte works primarily in the areas of trust law, estate administration, wills and powers of attorney.

 

Ruperte is based in our Christchurch office. 

Contact Ruperte on :  email - nfrench.co.nz


 

 

 

 

 

Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ - Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care

28 days ago - Christchurch

  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

28 days ago - Christchurch

 

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

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New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


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

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 environment)

28 days ago - Christchurch

   
 
 

August 2017:

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


August 2017:

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


 Spring at Avonlea - October 2016

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

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

 

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

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

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

Charisma and Sue.



July 2016



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

  

 

 

13th January 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

Hospital dementia care to be offered at Avonlea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warmest regards

Kirsty Hart                                                                                           Charisma Roblete
Operations Manager                                                                      Clinical Manager

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New Website for Dementia Care NZ:


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

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

 

LATEST AUDIT RESULTS: 16/09/2013

 

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

 

 

   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

   
 
 
 
   
   
 

13th March 2013

 

Warmest greetings!

HOSPITAL LEVEL CARE FOR AVONLEA

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

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

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

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

The addition of hospital level care to our services at Avonlea brings us a step further to our goal of providing a complete continuum of care. This means that when our residents become more frail and require hospital care they will be able to stay on at Avonlea.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and with the people who know just how to care for them.  It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families knowing that they will not have to move.

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

We welcome your questions or comments.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kirsty Hart                                                           Kathy Cargill

Operations Manager                                      Clinical Manager

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At a number of our homes we have been holding a weekly 'coffee club'.  This is a time for socialisation, reminiscing, sharing time with family and friends, creating magic moments. Out come the lovely table cloths, the special china, the flowers on the tables not to mention the lovely home baked goodies and coffee! If you would like to join your friend or loved one for coffee club, please conta...ct the operations manager of the facility for details. We would love to share this time with you.
 
Donya Nee, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy Team from Dementia Care NZ.
 
 
One of our Avonlea Diversional Therapist Trainees had the wonderful idea of making Salt Dough Christmas decorations. The whole team were excited about the idea and gave it a go. Needless to say, we had a winning idea.
Not only did this activity prove to be fun and creative, but kneading the dough, cutting out shapes, and carefully painting them was a healing and therapeutic activity for many of our residents.
 
 Lauren Thompson, Head Diversional Therapist, Avonlea.
 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH:

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

 

 

 Exercise Programme

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The Rug Project at Avonlea

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lauren Thompson
DT Team Leader

 

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OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:

  • Our Vision and Values – Are the cornerstone of all we do. We select our staff based upon our vision and values. This means we attract the right people and have a great staff retention. Staff have a high level of job satisfaction and many opportunities to grow which naturally results in best performance and positively impacts upon our residents’ well being.
  • Open home – Our families are always welcome. You have an open invitation to share mealtimes with your loved one, at no charge. We want you to have as much special time with your loved one as possible. This benefits us all.
  •  Small Homes  – Small homes mean that the environment feels more normalised, and residents orientate to their environment more easily.. There is a family feel. We get to know our residents very well. There are fewer faces to get to know. There is a higher staff ratio than in many larger facilities.
  • Open Plan kitchens - Purpose designed kitchens mean that residents and their families have full, assisted and safe access to familiar homely activities. People can help rinse the dishes, make a cup of tea, wipe down the bench, and be part of the running of their home. Baking and cooking activities occur regularly.
  • Bedrooms – Are warm and cosy. There is under-floor heating as well as wall unit heating. People are encouraged to bring special things from home, to make their room feel familiar and homely. We provide all of the necessities.
  •  Family Support  – Our families have the opportunity to meet monthly with an independent facilitator to share thoughts, feelings and concerns about having a loved one in care. At Levin and Waikanae support is available over the phone.
  • Special Programmes for Families - We enjoy having two special courses for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.
  • Our team: Our staff team are hand-picked and are with us because they love working with people who have dementia. They are given many opportunities to grow within the organisation and are supported to be their very best. We provide them with free medical attention and  staff support from ‘Work Place Support’ . They are also given much in the way of Education. We are great believers in the power of education and support for growth.
  • Education - We have an Education Coordinator who coordinates , supports, motivates and encourages staff to grow and develop as much as possible.
  • Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care training – All our staff attend this training as a part of their comprehensive ‘orientation’ program. It is based on the ground-breaking work of Virginia Bell and David Troxell, and originated in the U.S.A. The main focus is on developing empathy, communication and an understanding of our residents’ needs.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention – This is an internationally recognised qualification that we encourage all staff members to participate in.  This course supports what is learnt in the Best Friends Approach to Care training. Intercultural training – Our staff team have the opportunity to be a part of  comprehensive training around intercultural awareness. This training is designed to help staff understand the varying cultural needs  of our residents, as well as fellow staff members.
  • Occupational Therapy – We have a very experienced Occupational Therapist who leads our team of Diversional Therapists.  She is also available for consulting regarding residents’ specific needs and/or behaviours of concern.
  • Physiotherapist – Our Physiotherapist visits our home regularly.
  • Dietician – Our dietician is on site on a regular basis and is available for advice at anytime.
  • Community Care – We have a proactive approach  to education for the wider community around dementia care.
  • We speak at both national and international  conferences  on the subject of excellence in person-centred care. Community education, removing the stigma from dementia and increasing the quality of life for people who have dementia are  passions we love to share with others.
  • We hold the only contract in Canterbury for dedicated respite care.
  • Audit certification – We are very proud of our Audit results. All audit results may be obtained from our website www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
  • At Avonlea, we  have four years certification.


VISITING TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD !

 

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

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

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

 

RESPITE CARE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

I look foward to meeting with you.

Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882

We:

*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together

 

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