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 2 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: Summer 2020
Posted by: The Family
Notice: Irwell Rest Home

the Family Home


Hello Family and Friends

Happy New Decade!

We had an enjoyable festive season at Irwell starting with Island Brownies who came and sung to the Resident's. Island Bay Presbyterian church came and sung Christmas Carols to all of us on Christmas Eve which was a very moving experience for some!

Our Christmas Party was the best yet – so much fun, laughter and great food!

We had an enjoyable Christmas lunch and had a noisy fun-filled celebration lunch on New Years day.

There are 250 new photos on the walls – if you would like copies please email office@irwell with the photos you would like and we will email the copies to you.

During 2019 we said goodbye to some old friends which was a sad time for us all, on a brighter note six of our staff gave birth to 6 healthy babies 4 girls and 2 boys. So many baby showers, games and lots of teddy-bears. We have new staff to cover for maternity leave, come and say hello to the new staff.

Julia has discussed with the Resident's what they would like to be added to the activity programme, Resident's suggestions are going to be incorporated into the new programme.

One of the Resident's favourite are the visits from SPCA and thearapy dogs, the animals being such joy into their lives.

The Resident's who enjoy knitting spend some time knitting blankets for the animals living at the SPCA.

The Resident's Meetings have begun for the year. There is a schedule of meetings on the Activity Officers office door, you are welcome and we encourage you to attend.

Some Housekeeping reminders.

Please can you keep us updated when your contact details change? It is better to send an email to with all updates.

If you are going away on Holiday it would be helpful for us to know as well as being given a contact number to use in the event of an emergency.

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- this is for your relatives safety as well as staff.

If a Resident asks you to take them somewhere please discuss this with a Registered Staff member BEFORE taking them.

Once again all the best for 2020 Take care till next time

Residents, Staff and Management

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