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What is a rest home?
A New Zealand rest home, also known as a care home or residential aged care facility, is a place where older adults can receive around-the-clock care and support in a comfortable and secure environment. There are four levels of care delivered in residential care facilities in New Zealand: Rest Home, Hospital, Rest Home Dementia, and Psychogeriatric Specialist Hospital Care. All care home facilities are certified by the Ministry of Health, which involves an audit process to identify providers that deliver high levels of care.
What situations lead to a move into a care home?
While there are a variety of reasons for this; the most common is that the person has experienced a deterioration in health and is having difficulty with managing at home. (Note: an assessment by an authorised service is required prior to entry to residential care.) The following are five typical...
Do I need a Care Plan to move into rest home?
A Care Plan details how care is to be delivered to a resident when moving to a rest home. It is created following an interRAI assessmen t (a requirement for moving to care) in consultation with you and family/whanau or extended care network, so that you are able to make...
How can I adjust to living in a care home?
When making the decision to go into a care home it is common to experience a lot of conflicting feelings. You and your family/whānau may have had quite differing views on the benefits of this and the decision may not have been easily reached. This is one of life’s major...
How to safely visit care homes in times of COVID-19
All care homes have policies around such events. They are guided by New Zealand health authorities. Social connection and physical contact with whānau are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of those in aged residential care (ARC). Care providers have policies in place that enable safe visiting, social activities and...
What should I look for in a rest home?
A New Zealand rest home, also known as a care home or residential aged care facility, is a place where older people live and receive care and support in a comfortable and secure environment.
Rest homes provide a range of services, including assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating, as well as medical care and supervision. They also offer various social and recreational activities, such as outings, hobbies, and entertainment, to help residents stay active and engaged.
There is no such thing as ‘the best’ rest home, as what suits one person doesn’t suit another: for some, being near family, friends and familiar places is crucial, while for others it’s the size and type of room available that's most important. The most important element in an ideal rest home is the philosophy and delivery of care.
Rest homes vary considerably and there can be a wide range of rooms to choose from – such as standard rooms, premium options that offer additional services, and care apartments, which combines retirement village and residential care elements. Regardless of which room or residential care facility you choose, you will receive the same standard of care.
Make sure you visit a rest home more than once before you make a decision – you may want to try out a rest home first, either via a trial period or by booking short-stay respite care. When you are ready to consider a rest home, our checklist can help you navigate the process. Then start browsing care home and residential care vacancies.
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News in the community
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McKenzie HealthCare - Rest Home
We Celebrated one of our Residents 100th Birthday.
Victoria Care (Family Owned) - Dementia
Our home has been revamped to become a modern, light, bright and airy unit with up to date artwork and access to seating in the garden areas being updated.
Wyndham and Districts Community Rest Home - Rest Home
Taste of Home. Indulging in a delicious and refreshing summer dessert that perfectly complements the warmth of today. It's a treat that will surely uplift anyone's spirits, made with love by our team for our residents. https://www.facebook.com/WyndhamDistrictsRestHome
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