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Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ
Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care
224 Lincoln Road
South West
(03) 338 0202
(03) 338 0202
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Sue Denton - 03 3380202
Jim Haines and Alison Hume - 03 3380202
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Hospital dementia care to be offered at Avonlea in March 2014

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 - Operations Manager

Charisma Roblete - Clinical Manager

Our vision:

At Avonlea, a part of Dementia Care NZ, we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

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 experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’.

Our values:

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.

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
Contract with DHBYes
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 7 Feb 2014
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
We provide DHB Respite Care Booking Service.
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care10
Long term vacancyNo
Short term vacancyNo
We currently have no empty beds in our Small Dementia Hospital Unit at Avonlea. But we can also offer a waiting list.
At Avonlea there are lovely gardens and pathways to walk and a warm sense of community.
An open plan kitchen for activities and care is provided in a small and homely atmosphere.
Impending vacancyYes - yes
Updated: 28 Apr 2017
Hello Kathy,

I've just spent the last few days with Mum and we had a wonderful time together.

I just wanted to say 'thank you'.

I had the chance to meet someof the carers and the people that Mum lives with and they are all such a lovely lot. I am so touched by the caring team you have there at Avonlea - my last day there I tried to say 'thank you for taking care of my Mum' to one of the staff that was just going off shift but I started welling up so I didn't try that again, I just said 'goodbye' to the carers when I left. I would have liked to have let them know that I am so appreciative of all they do for Mum - they are precious and very beautiful people. Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Karen Tippen.

August 2012.

My Mums needs changed last year and we found ourselves in the very daunting situation of looking for a new rest home that was tailored to meet mums needs.
Mum moved into Avonlea in March 2010, the staff and management of Avonlea made the transition from mums previous retirement home to her new home at Avonlea a very stress free experience for us.
They were very supportive during this time not only for my mum but also for me. Avonlea is a warm, clean and homely environment and provides mum with safe and reasonable care.
Mum loves her sunny bedroom with en suite and says she enjoys the meals; I have complete peace of mind that she is safe and well cared for.
I have always found the staff to be approachable, friendly and continually keep me updated regarding mums health. They always make me feel welcome when I visit mum and often invite me to stay and have a meal with my mum if I wish to.
Keep up the good work Avonlea

G. Patten

Dear Jim

We wish to thank you and your staff for your superb care of our mother and mother-in- law Jessie Dobson over the last 18 months.
The concept of small homes ideally suited Jessie, giving her the independence of her own room in a warm, comfortable, modern environment.
The program of activities available for residents always impressed us. The staff in her home ''Rudo'' were always interacting with the residents in a caring, kind manner.
During Jessie's last days when her health was failing, the care provided by your staff was exceptional. She was comfortable and we were kept up to date with developments. We would like to thank Liz, Barbara, Kara and the rest of the team at Rudo.
We highly recommend Avonlea to anyone wanting Dementia Care for their family members. We are happy for you to refer anyone to us, wanting to know about our experience.
Sharron and Brian Tinetti
In September 2006 my Mum's Dementia condition had deteriorated to such an extent that she could no longer stay in the rest home she was then living in.
We had to find a home where she could be looked after and one that specialised in caring for those with more advanced Dementia. After looking at various places and listening to advice from other people we finally chose Avonlea. it appeared to offer the best care for Mum. We really like the idea of there only being 11 in the Aroha unit, it really seems to be more like a family than an institution.
My Mother is 88 years old and has been a Widower for over 17 years and is very independent. She was used to living alone and didn't take kindly to the fact that she was no longer capable of caring for herself. However over the last couple of years she has come to realise that she needs somebody there at all times of the day and night to care for her, and this is what she gets at Avonlea.
She enjoys walking around the gardens, going for outings and the entertainments that are provided each week, especially the musical entertainment. Each afternoon an activity person provides some sort of activity for all the occupants that can catch their interest and challenge them in some way.
I visit my Mother every week if I can and I am always greeted cheerfully and offered a cup of tea no matter the time of day and have enjoyed many afternoon teas there.
Sarah is the main Caregiver and she is very friendly and relaxed and is very helpful, listening to any concerns I may have. She has a good relationship with all the occupants and nothing seems to be a problem to her.
All in all, Avonlea provides the standard of care that we would expect from a professional and caring home for my Mum.
Carole Butson

Updated: 5 Feb 2014
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse 50 Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist 3 Yes Janet Earl from Therapy Profesionals visits our residents every Wednesday
Diversional Therapist 60 Yes Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningful activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulation and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.
Hairdresser 3 Yes Weekly
Podiatrist Yes 6 weekly
Dietitian as needed Yes Regular dietary advice
Kaumatua Negotiable
Other Personnel monthly Yes support group facilitator Pam Barrett, runs monthly sessions for families. This is an oportunity for people to share their experiences with others who understand what it is like to have a loved one in care. Simon Hamley is our Education Coordinator.
Updated: 7 Feb 2014
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Palliative Care Contract No .
End of Life/Palliative Care’ Yes Our South Island Regional Clinical Manager Ruth Babonnick is a Palliative Care Specialist.
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Wound Care Yes Our registered nurses care for wounds and refer for specialist advice as necessary.
Diabetic Care Yes Our registered nurses provide guidance in the care of people with diabetes. We have regular inservice education on diabetes
Continence Advisor Yes Each person is assessed for continence needs. Our registered nurses have experience in continence matters. Our organisational continence advisor is based at Avonlea.
Infection Control Yes We have an infection control team. We work with an advisor for special assistance.
Stomal Therapist Yes Our registered nurses give instruction with stomal care. We have regular inservice education on stomal care.
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Please consult our Clinical Manager.
Tracheotomy Care Yes
Spinal Injuries Yes Please consult our Clinical Manager.
Specialised Dementia Care Yes All our staff have training in caring for people with dementia.
Gerontological Care Yes We specialise in care for the Elderly.
Urology Yes We manage catheters.
Clinical Manager Yes Charisma Roblete leads our team of Registered Nurses. Ruth Babonnick is our South Island Regional Clinical Manager
Other Nursing Specialities Yes Ruth Babonnick is a Palliative Care Specialist with Post Graduate qualifications.
Anthroposophical Care Yes Specialists in dementia care.
Psychologist Yes Support available as required.
Psychiatrist Yes Support available as required.
Other Post Graduate Specialities Yes Dance and Movement Therapy, post graduate cert papers studied by diversional therapist. Palliative Care Post Graduate cert - Clinical Manager.
Updated: 7 Feb 2014
Other End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Liver Pool Care Pathway. Our Clinical Manager Ruth Babonnick is a Paliative Care Specialist.
Rooms (Single) Yes
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage people to bring familiar things to help make ones room feel more homely.
Alcohol Permitted Yes In consultation with Registered Nurse.
Pets In Residence Yes Please discuss with manager Kirsty Hart.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Please discuss with manager Kirsty Hart.
Phone Access In Own Room No We have portable phones that are residents can use to receive calls. People may also arrange to have their own phones installed. Please discuss with manager Kirsty Hart.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes We have under floor heating, heat pumps and cosy gas fires. Wall heaters in the bedrooms are adjustable.
Residents Committee Yes Residents meetings are held each month.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes We often go on van adventures to different parts of Christchurch and its surrounds.
Smoking Permitted Yes Smoking permitted in the outside area only.
Sprinklers Yes
Audit report available Yes Please see our website for further information.www.dementiacarenz.co.nz At Avonlea we have the highest level achievable. Four years certification.
Updated: 5 Feb 2014
Special Features
Each small and homely unit at Avonlea, has an open plan theme with a lovely kitchen.

People are encouraged and able to contribute to the running of their home. Helping with the dishes, wiping down the benches, baking and cooking...

We are committed to quality, individualised care. Our home is our residents home. We care for them with the respect, love and care that they all deserve and that you are relying on.

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: 5 Feb 2014
Interests & Activities
At Avonlea we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

We encourage and support resident's involvment in activities, from house hold and garden tasks through to games, art, outings,gardening, music and baking to name but a few.
Updated: 5 Feb 2014
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 5 Feb 2014