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|Contract with DHB||Yes|
|Updated: 7 Feb 2014|
|We provide DHB Respite Care Booking Service.|
|Approximate number of beds at this level of care||10|
|We currently have no empty rooms in our Small Dementia Hospital Unit at Avonlea. But we 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.
|Additional Room Costs||No|
|Updated: 16 Mar 2018|
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.
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
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.
|Updated: 5 Feb 2014|
|Type||Hours Per Week||Status||Details|
|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.|
|Dietitian||as needed||Yes||Regular dietary advice|
|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||Status||Details|
|Palliative Care Contract||No||.|
|End of Life/Palliative Care||Yes||Our South Island Regional Clinical Manager Ruth Babonnick is a Palliative Care Specialist. Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Other Nursing Specialities||Yes||Ruth Babonnick, our Regional South Island Clinical Manager is a Palliative Care Specialist with Post Graduate qualifications. Simon Hamley, a Registered Mental Health Nurse and our Education Coordinator.|
|Anthroposophical Care||Yes||Specialists in dementia care.|
|Psychologist||Yes||Support available as required.|
|Psychiatrist||Yes||Support available as required.|
|Other Post Graduate Specialities||Yes||Palliative Care Post Graduate cert - Clinical Manager.|
|Updated: 22 Jan 2018|
|Other End of Life/Palliative Care||Yes||Liver Pool Care Pathway. Our Clinical Manager Ruth Babonnick is a Paliative Care Specialist.|
|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.|
|Policy for management of challenging behaviour||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.|
|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|
| 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.
* Help you move any furniture.
* Help you to label clothing and personal possessions.
Updated: 21 Dec 2011
|Updated: 5 Feb 2014|
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||Status||Details|
|Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.||Yes|
|Other details||No||Our Education Coordinator Simon Hamley is a trained instructor for Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) from the Crisis Prevention Institute. Simon works across all facilities, ensuring our staff are trained in this valuable course.|
|Updated: 8 Aug 2017|
There is nothing nicer than a home-made fresh fruit ice block on a scorching day! We had great fun making these with our residents recently at Avonlea.
Christmas is a time when treasured family and social traditions are renewed and enjoyed by us all. Christmas card writing is an time-honoured tradition that seems to be dying out as email communication becomes more popular. At Avonlea we have loved helping each other to write Christmas cards to family and friends. There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a card in the handwriting of a person you love.
To our dear friends
Recently at Avonlea we had a “Pink Day”. This was not only to acknowledge breast cancer awareness but also just to have some extra fun together. Residents and staff dressed in pink and purple and we decorated the home with pink balloons, used pink serviettes and enjoyed pink Lamingtons. Our Diversional Therapist Jo enjoyed making some amazing enormous pink flowers with residents to decorate our spring-themed rooms. Even nature joined in with a stunning display of pink blossom on our flowering cherry tree!
At Avonlea we have a lovely new raised planter in the garden. During winter we planted Bokchoy and through the cold winter months we enjoyed watching it grow and flourish. Recently it was ready to pick and with much anticipation we made stir fry to share. Things always taste better out of your own garden made together with love!
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
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
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.
Kirsty Hart - Operation Manager
Charisma Roblete - Clinical Manager