Irwell Rest Home - Wellington, New Zealand

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Address: 11 Irwell St, Island Bay, Wellington    Phone: (04) 383 8485    Fax: (04) 383 8797    Email:

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Irwell Rest Home is a Stage II Rest Home catering for the elderly in need of care, comfort and security. We provide Respite Care, Convalescent Care, Short-term care and Long-term care.

Irwell Rest Home is a purpose built rest home and is privately owned and operated by the Nicolson Family of Island Bay. Irwell was architecturally built to fully utilise the wonderful rural and sea views, and all day sun. The Building is well insulated, has a robust fire evacuation scheme and a high earthquake safety rating.

All bedrooms at Irwell are single rooms, with each room having its own en-suite comprising shower, toilet and vanity. Bedrooms also have a television, refrigerator, telephone and heating. We provide genuine 'home-cooked' meals and cater for most dietary and cultural needs.

Staff employed at Irwell are very friendly and competent, most have had many years experience in caring for the elderly. We offer all staff on-going education to help them keep up-to-date with the ever changing needs of the Elderly. Most care staff have gained the Level 3 National Certificate in Caring for the Elderly.

We have a full activities programme which runs Monday Friday. Many and varied activities are on offer including outings, newspaper reading, exercise programme, indoor bowls and musical events to name a few.

Our vision for the rest home is to create a 'family' orientated rest home, ensuring a 'stress-free' life-style for our residents. The peaceful surroundings, skilled staff and family atmosphere will ensure that you, your loved ones or friend's stay will be comfortable and enjoyable.

John (Manager) along with his wife Heather live on site at the rest home, and are available to all residents and families (including out of hours). To arrange a visit, or for additional information please contact:

John or Heather Nicolson (owner/manager).

Irwell Rest Home is a Member of Health Care Providers New Zealand

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Current Notices:
Title: Winter
Date: July 2015
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Notice: Winter 2015

Dear Families/ Whanau

With snow fall in the region it must well be time for our Winter News letter.

Thank you to those of you who completed and returned our Family Survey – Your input is very valuable to us. The returned surveys have now been collated and a summary of your feed back will be discussed at our upcoming, monthly, Quality Improvement meeting. If you were unable to return your survey and would like to offer us some feed back there are forms on our reception desk that can be completed – “Tell us what you think about us”.

After much anticipation our new phone system is up and running! The new system will ensure that calls are answered in a timely fashion. Being digital, our new phone system allows for the use of portable phones to be used in all corners of our home – which had previously not been possible due to our location. The system also allows for callers to transfer themselves through to their desired extension – please ask staff about how to do this.

Our Activity Programme continues to be popular among Residents – some choosing their preferred activities to attend, and many making a day of it! Twice weekly Happy Hours tend to get a full house and our Friday afternoon musical entertainment and Sing A Longs are wonderful to listen to, those timeless classic songs seem to be retained for life and are recalled in an instant!

We recently celebrated Mid Winter Christmas with a delicious Christmas meal and Christmas themed activities. The day was enjoyed by residents and staff alike.

The Resident initiated and run discussion group continues on Saturday mornings with fluctuating attendance numbers – this is a marvelous initiative providing a forum for Residents to come together and discuss matters, movies, books, current affairs … among peers. Please speak to staff if you think this is something your loved one might be interested in attending – so they can assist them to attend the group.

Our winter menu is now in use and is, as always,being well received. We are due to undertake our Resident Feedback survey for our menus this month. From the outcome of our Residents' Meetings it is clear how important our menus and meal service are to our Residents, so their feed back provides a valuable tool for our planning.

Being the season of colds 'n' flu we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in not visiting if you or someone in your home is unwell. Feel free to ring and speak to your loved one or have a message passed on to them if you are unable to visit.

Till next time.

Keep Warm!

Kindest Regards

Residents, Staff and Management

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