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

Residents are encouraged to share their skills and talents
Residents are encouraged to share their skills and talents

Current Notices:
Title: Spring into Spring
Date: September 2014
Posted by: The lot of us!
Notice: Dear Families

Hope you have had a 'flu-free' Winter like we have? We felt it was a short, sharp, cold Winter and quite glad it is now over.

We don't need to use our alarm clocks anymore, the Tui's are waking us up with their 'morning song', the only thing not enjoyable about it is the time.....5.30am! The Tui's enjoy the flax flowers that are just on the point of 'blooming'.

Have you seen the unusual plant in our front garden? We all thought it was a flax plant just larger and a different flower, after a long investigation it was found to be a Doryanthes (Giant Spear Lily) usually found in the East Coast of Australia. In theory it should not survive in New Zealand let alone the South Coast of the North Island in a windy location! We have no idea how it ended up in our garden but it is certainly spectacular to look at.

Continuing on the 'growing/plants' theme, Julia and the Resident's planted spring bulbs and cottage garden mix in the beginning of September, the plants are coming along really well, we found a nice warm corner for them, they are thriving.

Other activities we have had recently are, Spring Festival and a Farewell party for Alice who has been a member of Irwell's Staff for the past 15 years. There was a lot of reminiscing during this party, a book “This is your Irwell life” was presented to Alice, photos of her dating back to the 2000's ,Alice was really pleased to receive this.

Our new Menus are being appreciated by the Residents, the difference in the food styles now as compared to ten years ago is amasing, Butter Chicken, Stir-fry Prawns with vegetables and rice, Frittatas etc. the Cooks love cooking the items, the Residents love eating them!

Our Residents attend a meeting each month, this is where they can 'air their views' on any subject they wish to. Relatives of the Residents are welcome to attend the meetings (meeting timetables are on the wall near Julia's office).

Please remember not to visit if you or someone in your household is or has been unwell in the past seven days. We need to keep the Residents and Staff free from illness as much as possible, please remember to use the sanitiser when entering and leaving the facility.

Please, please remember to get a Staff Member to lock you out if visiting after 5pm, this is an on-going issue that we need your cooperation in – thanks.

Kindest Regards

Residents, Staff and Management

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