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December 2017: Recently we joined the Blenheim Christmas parade in our van. It was fun preparing and participating with our residents, and we were all proud to showcase our happy and united community and share the fun and laughter we enjoy at Aberleigh. August 2017: Continuing with familiar roles, assisting people to maintain involvement and valuing activities that are special to people is foundational for us at Aberleigh. Recently, our gardener had pruned some hedges in the garden of our dementia hospital. A gentleman resident carefully collected the offcuts and proceeded to re plant them meticulously in a perfect row. When asked what he was doing he replied ‘I am planting a hedge’. It turns out that that particular plant can take root, and nearly two weeks later they have not withered. We look forward to seeing our new hedge grow and continue to learn so much from the wisdom and initiative of our residents. At Aberleigh we offer respite care for people at rest home, dementia rest home, general hospital and dementia hospital level care. This is dependant on whether we have a vacant room at the time. General information: • Most people want to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. Respite services help you do this successfully • Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself. Taking a break is an important way of staying rested and strong • Respite is available in homes which specialize in person centered aged care • Respite encourages friendship, stimulation and fun • Comprehensive ‘respite packs’ include information about the service, as well as detailed questionnaires regarding your loved one’s care needs and daily routines • Respite care is often for a short period of about a week, and can be repeated during the year • Respite bookings can be organized through the NMDHB Benefits to the caregiver: • A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize knowing their loved one is receiving safe person centered aged care • Allows loved ones to remain at home longer, through carers giving themselves time to rest Benefits to the person receiving care: • An opportunity to socialize and be involved in meaningful activities that comfort, stimulate and bring enjoyment • Provides a short term experience of the sense of community that comes with facilitated care • Continuation of daily roles and routines • An opportunity for group activities and company in a safe and secure environment Very often, respite care is the first experience of rest home care for families. This can be an emotional time for everyone including the person receiving care Building trust through open communication: It is important to gain as much information as possible about what to expect. Gaining trust and developing open communication with the people who will be taking care of your loved one is important. They too must gain as much information as possible about your loved one (their likes and dislikes, interests and routines) to give the very best of care. Every person is unique and has different responses and needs. The information you provide enables the rest home to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to those unique and special needs. All information about your loved one is available to you, so you should feel free to ask staff about anything that concerns you. People responsible for the care of your loved one write notes throughout the day and night so it is possible to find out how your loved one is doing over the 24 hour period. We provide 24 hour registered nursing coverage, 7 days a week. Please contact our Operations Manager Maja or Clinical Manager Susan to discuss respite care options for your loved one. Autumnal van trips: May 2017 Every weekend, our Activities Coordinator takes a group of residents on a van outing somewhere special in the community. Last weekend they all enjoyed a colourful trip up the Wairau Valley to observe the autumnal leaves of the vineyards. Everyone enjoyed the stunning display and friendly chats with passers by. December 2016 In May of this year a number of our dedicated Diversional Therapists and care staff commenced an 8 month course called ‘Walking In Another’s Shoes’ that runs only once a year. This was facilitated by Dementia Educator Alison Rowe from Older Persons Mental Health at the Wairau Hospital. The course is all about encouraging person centred care for people living with dementia. We are proud that now nine of our staff team have completed this wonderful course since it began in 2014. Our staff have gained so much from this specialised training, which in turn benefits residents and family members. Winter family gathering: Recently we held our winter family gatherings. The theme was full of elegance and fun, being 'Gold & Lace'. We had delightful live music and a good turn out of families and some great dancing to boot. We love our family gatherings at Aberleigh. A special opportunity to celebrate our residents and their loved ones. Preparing our spring bulbs - July 2016: With the mild winter comes the opportunity to get our spring bulbs ready early at Aberleigh. The ‘green thumbs’ among us loved potting the daffodil bulbs recently. We cant wait for them to come out! New Website for Dementia Care NZ: We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz Our beautiful new specialist dementia care hospital is now open. Please feel free to come and visit us at any time. We would love to meet with you. Maja Yu Operations Manager Aberleigh Rest Home and Hospital (03) 578 7966
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