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Admatha Lodge - Dementia Care NZ
Psychogeriatric Care
74 Chrystal St
03 385 1286 ext 1
03 386 3240
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Debra Fairhall - (03) 385 1286
Alison Hume and Jim Haines - (03) 385 1286
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At Admatha we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.


We strive to achieve this vision by promoting:

• The uniqueness of each person
• The immense value of each person
• Openness, honesty and integrity

In these ways, we enrich each person, the community and the world.

Dementia Care New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s highly regarded aged care providers.
We provide a full range of residential care including general rest home care, dementia rest home care, general hospital level care, and dementia hospital level care. At many of our facilities, a full continuum of care is available.
We specialize in person-centred care for people who live with dementia. This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.
We care for people in small, cosy homes with a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. Our small homes concept means that people with dementia experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’ for a person with dementia.

Our Philosophy:

1. Connecting with each person we care for as we would a very best friend means that people feel loved and important. A best friend accepts you as you are, believes in you, forgives your mistakes, really listens to you, jokes with you and loves to hear you laugh.

2. Families/whanau become part of the community we have. They are involved in their loved one’s care. They are encouraged to share their in-depth and intimate knowledge of their loved one. There is much honesty and openness. This builds trusting relationships between us all. We know family, and family know us.

3. A home that provides people with stability. Things seem familiar – a private bedroom with things in it from home, sunny spots to sit in, a garden.

4. Each staff person is someone with ability and with a potential for growth. There is much opportunity for every staff member. Each staff member can have a positive impact on residents, their family and their team.

5. Ensuring that people can continue with their old roles, if they wish, like collecting the mail, folding the washing, sweeping the floor means that they have a purpose in life. They can be involved in the running of their home.

6. As we work in these ways, people are more contented and participate in life more fully. They have their greatest chance at being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be.

Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 14 Oct 2015
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
We provide DHB Respite Care Booking Service.
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Vacancy No
We currently have 0 vacancies at Admatha Dementia Care. We would love you to come for a visit and we can add you to our wait list.At Admatha Lodge Hospital we offer care in two small, interconnecting units; one with 12 rooms, the other with 13 and plenty of walking areas.There are lovely vegetable gardens, a decking with views over the gardens and creek and a lovely feeling of homeliness. Please come in and visit us we would love to meet you.Please see our comprehensive website for more detailed information. www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 24 Apr 2018
August 1st 2017

Hi everyone,

I was so impressed with the extra level of care, empathy and understanding your staff showed both Dad and myself last week. I can't thank you enough for helping Dad, Mum, their children and grandchildren throughout this journey. It has not always been easy, but you somehow managed to get us all through it.

Mum and I chose Admatha for Dad because we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and saw the caring, patient attitude towards the residents.

When Dad moved to the Lodge, your wonderful team were able to provide even more one on one time for Dad. I'm pretty sure Dad really felt Admatha was his home and was happy there. I will never forget how comfortable he looked tucked up in his PJs in bed, just like a little boy all worn out from a big day!

So a big thank you from all of us, to every single one of you, for caring for Dad.

Marg Hudson

April 21st 2017

Kia ora ano
My mother, daughters and I wanted to ensure the excellent service and care you have given and continue to give our father/husband/grandfather is recognised.
Dad became seriously unwell this week and an ambulance was called. The phone call from your staff member to alert us to this was professional, caring and kind.
The hospital staff advised us that there was a high chance that Dad wouldn't make it through the night, but somehow he miraculously pulled through.
I rang Admatha to see if I could arrange to get Dad's teeth which were left at the home. I had expected to arrange to get someone to collect them, but instead was delighted when Maria, the Clinical Manager, turned up with them at the hospital. Dad was being quite difficult at this stage and both the hospital staff and I watched in amazement as Maria calmed Dad down, managed to get him seated and took the time to encourage him to put his teeth in.
He became more difficult and frustrated as the day continued and the hospital staff wanted to move him to another ward. I knew this wouldn't be a good idea and asked Maria and Debra if there was any chance they would take him back. They never hesitated, and the minute we dropped him back to Admatha, we knew we had made the right decision. He relaxed and settled right back in.
Admatha has become his home. He is happy there. The staff are incredibly patient and caring. I love hearing the way they talk to my father and how they get him to smile and laugh.
Although Mum struggles with the fact that she has become unable to care for him at home, she is grateful for the loving care he receives at Admatha.
As a family we are very grateful to the amazing team at Admatha.
Thank you.

A. Dahl

August 29th 2016

Hi Deb, Maria and team.
If anyone is looking for a place for their loved one with dementia to live, then this is it. My Mum was in another establishment and then I moved her to Admatha, first the home and then the hospital. From the beginning it was a huge relief to know that she was well looked after and loved as an individual - that's pretty special. And at the same time, the staff cared about how I was coping. I cannot speak highly enough of the care that Mum received. The layout of both feels like home with a kitchen, tables, lounge areas and gardens. And the staff are always there working, updating records, feeding, talking, touching and laughing. My Mum really sparked up with the attention she received and when she was dying, staff popped in to her room just to say hi and cried with me when she passed away.
Thank you Admatha.

S. Chappell

I must tell you about Wilfred’s time in Admatha.
At first he was a bit quiet probably because he was homesick and a little bewildered in his new surroundings.
Soon, however, he felt the warmth and special care that Admatha gives. In fact I would go so far as to say that the care for each and every resident is exceptional. That I saw as a visitor. Wilfred was a loving caring man himself and I am not surprised that he soon won the hearts of the young carers at Admatha. Even as he became very ill on his last days he still managed a smile for them as they tenderly cared for him, and he would mean it.
You have a wonderful staff there, every one of them.
God bless you all.

Betty Dodge

Our Mum Jennifer has been a resident of Admatha Lodge since January 2009. My brother and I visited a number of dementia units but loved the homely feel and very friendly staff at Admatha.

We have nothing but admiration, gratitude and sincere thanks for the level of care that they provide to her. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming. They treat all residents as if they were their own family members with love, understanding and many cuddles.

Due to the nature of the illness, visits can often be difficult and emotional. However the staff are so wonderful and friendly that they help lift your mood when you are having one of those times.
The lines of communication are always open. Any issues our Mum may have had such as a fall, seizure or any problems related to her dementia are always communicated.

We consider ourselves to be a part of the Admatha family. It is our Mum’s home and they treat her as a very special member of it – just as we would all encounter and expect in our own homes.

Bridget and Simon Mather October 2010.



Placing my father into care was the hardest decision of my life. He had been diagnosed with dementia five months earlier and I was told to look around, find a home that I liked and put his name down. With two cousins, I started looking at dementia rest homes not too far from home. Of the places we viewed Avonlea was by far the nicest. Even the guided tour was the friendliest and most helpful. I didn't know what to look for in a rest home but fortunately my two cousins are a nurse and a diversional therapist respectively.
I held off as long as I could putting dad into care. When I eventually couldn't put it off any longer there were no vacancies at Avonlea so he went to Admatha. The staff there saw that I was having a hard time with my decision, so as well as taking great care of dad they gave me great support and friendship too.
I felt a lot of guilt over placing dad into care but I have learned since then that this is quite normal for families. I believed I had failed him, but I could no longer manage at home. The quality of the care and the helpfulness, courtesy and friendliness of the staff made the transition easier for both dad and I. The way they talked with dad you would think they had been good friends for years. A few weeks later dad transferred to Avonlea where the service, staff and atmosphere were as great as Admatha.
Fourteen months later, due to declining physical health dad was reassessed and reqired dementia hospital level care. I was lucky enough to be able to get him into Admatha Lodge, where the high level of care continues. I really like the small home system as it has made it easier for dad to cope with the changes in his life. The cosy environment makes visiting much more pleasant too.
I am included or notified about any decisions regarding dad's care and every time I visit him I get an update on his day, and health in general.
Dad often enjoys the regular entertainment, and with some coaxing from the diversional therapists will sometimes participate in activities.
The policies and the people have made this whole experience a lot easier and more pleasant than I could ever have anticipated. It is also a great comfort to know that dad is safe and well cared for by really special people.

Michael Ferguson October 2010

Jim Archbold - Our family member, has been a resident at Admatha Lodge for the past couple of months.
We have been extremely impressed by the way that the staff at Admatha have endeavoured to make his transition as smooth as possible. A lot of time and effort was put into understanding Jim's individual needs and personality, prior to his arrival. He has settled in extremely well, it has been a "no-stress" and painless move for him and the family.
As a family we are extremely grateful and thankful to all the Admatha Staff, for the extremely high level of dedicated professional loving care that Jim receives.
Admatha is the third residential facility that Jim has been in, and we can say without hesitation that it is providing by far the best care that he has ever received. His personal grooming is always of a very high standard.
Something that stands out for us is the ongoing and constant support that exists for the residents' families. There are regular meetings and opportunities to discuss activities and developments at Admatha.
We bring our young children to visit their grandfather. They enjoy their visits to Admatha and are made to feel welcome.
Admatha Lodge is always clean and tidy. When you walk in you are greeted with the fresh welcoming smells of home baking. This is a sharp contrast of the typical hospital smells that we have smelt at other facilities and which we have never experienced at Admatha.
Admatha is providing a friendly, happy caring environment for Jim and we have no concerns about him when we are not there.
We would have no hesitation at all in recommending Admatha to other families who are seeking a residential facility that delivers the highest standards or care to their loved ones.

Beth Archbold, Debbie Jenks, Jims Family.

My mum has been at Admatha Lodge for nineteen months, she’s really happy there and she considers it her home. My Mum and I have always been very close so I am at the Lodge every day and have my lunch with her.
I find all the staff are lovely to her, and share a joke with her. On a Saturday and Sunday evening I ring to see how she is. The staff will ask if I want to speak to her.
The Registered Nurse is very professional and a lovely caring person who I can approach at any time. There is a senior Caregiver Sandra who has put Mum at ease in the shower, because Mum is terrified of water. Sandra will sing songs that she knows Mum likes, to take her mind off the water. I think that Sandra is an excellent Caregiver and I can’t praise her enough. She is the same with every resident. The other senior caregiver Alison who works with Sandra most days is very experienced and a lovely person. I like the other residents and know all of them by name. The meals are very nice, a good variety and well cooked.
There are activities going on throughout the day and Yvonne the new Diversional Therapist is a very nice, friendly and welcoming person.
Lynly who is now the weekend manager used to be the Diversional Therapist. She is great, she gets things done. You can be sure she will get onto any problem and fix it.
I find all the staff are friendly and I get on well with all of them. Admatha Lodge is like my second home.
Cindy Hughes

"My husband has been a resident of Admatha for over two years and we have always been very pleased to be associated with Admatha where everyone is treated as a loved family member.
The individual care and attention given by the carers never fails to delight us, and contributes to the happiness and family feeling which is found at Admatha.
All the carers are never too busy to listen to individual needs, and this makes everyone feel as if they are very precious. Also, visitors are most welcome to stay at any time, and they know residents and their visitors by first name.
Admatha is a happy place to visit at any time of any day".
Avery Family

"We would like to recognise the wonderful care and attention given to our sister, Sally, since she came to live at Admatha in February 2007.
Sally's dementia has deteriorated over the last couple of years and, having had an intellectual disability all her life, her comprehension of what was happening to her was quite beyond her. Your staff at Admatha have taken Sally under their wing with total love, care and understanding and the professional way you, the management, and your staff have performed. We also get enjoyment from the hospitality of the staff and their recognition of us. There always seems to be time to make a cup of tea no matter how busy they are.
Admatha's philosophy and structure have impressed us to a degree that we have recommended you to the community that Sally was living at. Our recommendation is that they formally adopt Admatha as their primary Care destination for the other folk who are approaching needing Dementia Care.
We would like to thank you and the staff for your dedication and care of Sally".
John and Linda Tucker

Our Mum has been a resident of Admatha Lodge since January 2009. My brother and I visited a number of dementia units but loved the homely feel and very friendly staff at Admatha.
We have nothing but admiration, gratitude and sincere thanks for the level of care that they provide to her. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming. They treat all residents as if they were their own family members with love, understanding and many cuddles.
Due to the nature of the illness, visits can often be difficult and emotional. However the staff are so wonderful and friendly that they help lift your mood when you are having one of those times.
The lines of communication are always open. Any issues our Mum may have had such as a fall, seizure or any problems related to her dementia are always communicated.
We consider ourselves to be a part of the Admatha family. It is our Mum’s home and they treat her as a very special member of it – just as we would all encounter and expect in our own homes.

B. & S. M.

Updated: 3 Aug 2017
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Clinical Manager Maira Lagumbay leads and inspires a competent team of registered nurses at Admatha Lodge Hospital. Ruth Babonnic is our 'National Clinical Manager' Overseeing all nursing teams. Ruth is based at Admatha.
Enrolled Nurse Yes Lyn Horrell
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes A Physiotherapist from 'Therapy Proffesionals' Visit's once per week.
Diversional Therapist Yes Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningfull activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulaton and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Visits weekly.
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Negotiable We have contact with Rehua Marae
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes
Other Personnel Yes
Updated: 22 Jan 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management No Manageable if necessary.
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Wound Care No Support available
Diabetic Care Yes Support available
Continence Advisor Yes Support available
Infection Control Yes
Stomal Therapist No Support available
Psychiatric Care Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation No Support available
Tracheotomy Care Yes Support available
Spinal Injuries No Support available
Specialised Dementia Care Yes We specialise in the care of people who have dementia.
Gerontological Care Yes
Urology No Support available.
Clinical Manager Yes Maria Ylaran leads and inspires our team of Registered Nurses. Ruth babonnic is our 'South Island Regional Clinical Manager'.
Other Nursing Specialities Yes
Psychiatrist Yes Support available
Other Post Graduate Specialities Yes Clinical Manager Ruth, Post grad cert Palliative Care. Palliative care, dance and movement therapy
Updated: 22 Jan 2018
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Other End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Liverpool Care Pathway
Whanau Room Yes A 'quiet room' is available.
Rooms (Single) Yes
Rooms (Suit Couple) No Would need to be negotiated
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Alcohol Permitted No Negotiable with Nurse Manager.
Pets In Residence No Negotiable with Nurse Manager. We welcome visits from pets and at times offer 'pet therapy'.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Negotiable with Nurse Manager
Phone Access In Own Room No Portable phone available.
Maori Kaupapa No Contact with Rehua Marae
Residents Committee Yes
Family Committee Yes Monthly family support groups with private facilitator
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes
Smoking Permitted No Smoking permited out side.
Semi-Secure No Fully secure
Sprinklers Yes
Audit report available Yes
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Special Features
Special Features
Lovely established tree's, two small and homely units with open plan kitchens for our people and their families to use.

There is access between both units for 'residents that like to walk and visit their neighbours, homely and cosy yet spacious, a creek that runs by the home with ducklings in the spring, a normalised environment with views to neighbouring properties and gardens, a piano for songs and entertainment, a main kitchen that fills the home with the aroma of fresh cooking and baking.

At Admatha Lodge we offer care in two small units; one with 12 rooms, the other with 13.

Programmes for families:

We offer two very special educational sessions for our families.

"Orientation For Families" and "Sharing The Journey"

Please see our comprehensive website for more detailed information.

"Helping with your move"

We understand that times have been very hard for many following the earthquakes.

We are now offering a new service, free of charge of course! In order to help your moving into care easier.

We will.....

* Help you move any furniture.

* Help you to label clothing and personal possessions.

Updated: 21 Dec 2011
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Age Concern, Advocate, Alzheimer's Society, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Billiards, Bingo, Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Canine friends, Care and Craft, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Entertainers, Exercises, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Massage, Minibus, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Parties, Pianist, Reading, Sing-a-longs, water therapy
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals Our menu is created by Diatician Julian Jenson and is rotated on a seasonal basis.
Associated Complexes Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home, Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home and Hospital, Millvale House Waikanai Dementia Hospital level care, Millvale House Levin Hospital and Dementia Hospital level care. Millvale House Miramar Dementia Hospital, Millvale Lodge Lindale, Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia care Blenheim, Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care Nelson. Leighton House Rest Home Gisborne
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Please contact Donya 027 277 6882 for further information.
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Chinese Yes
Chinese dialect Yes
English Yes
Fijian Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Japanese Yes
Swedish Yes
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Buddhist Yes
Christian Yes
Confucius Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Hindu Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Muslim Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes
Jewish Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Ratana Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
Sikh Yes
Shinto Yes
Spiritualist/New Age Yes
Tao Yes
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Public Transport   A five minute walk to nearest bus stop
Shops   'The Palms' and surrounding shops are a ten minute walk away.
Parks   Petre Park is a five minute walk away on Petre Street
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes At Admatha we have four years certification. This is the maximum certification achievable.
Other details Yes Certified Non Violent Crisis Intervention instructor - Donya Nee (Crisis Prevention Institute)
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
What's New
What's New
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March 2018:

Easter is a special celebration for us here in our home. We love to enjoy loving time together and share memories evoked by the scent of fresh hot cross buns and the feeling of anticipation as we unwrap the first Easter egg.

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter with those you love.

As always, we welcome your visits and remind you that our visiting times are the same throughout the holidays.



February 2018:

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


December 2017:

To our dear friends
It's the end of 2017, a time of reflection on the past year. As always, there have been many moments of joy, laughter, peace and wonder: what we call ‘magic moments’. We are full of gratitude and would like to say thank you to you all. Thank you for encouraging us by being part of this online community. Thank you to the people who visit our homes - it is always lovely to see you. Most of all a very big thank you to those of you who share your family membe...r or friend with us. It is a huge privilege to take care of the people who live here with us in their home. They are a wonderful inspiration to us and we love them dearly.
We would also like to say an enormous thank you to each and every member of our staff team. We appreciate you and value you so much. Thank you for everything you do.
We are grateful for the highs and lows, the challenges and opportunities this past year has brought. Thank you for being part of it.



November 2017:

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


October 2017:

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


October 2017:

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


September 2017:

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

August 2017:

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

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

New Website for Dementia Care NZ:

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

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

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 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.




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.





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




  • 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.



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

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Donya Nee

Vision Development Co-ordinator

Admatha Dementia Care Rest Home & Hospital

Avonlea Dementia Care Rest Home

(03) 385 1286

027 277 6882


*accept you as you are

*really listen to you

*Love to hear you laugh

*forgive your mistakes

*have fun together