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Aging in the provinces – providers look to bequests to fund essential care

Is NZ’s aged-care accommodation squeeze only a short step away from tipping point?

“It's not a job you'd choose – it’s a job that chooses you.”

Amanda Millar’s voice trembled a little as she continued: ‘it’s work that you fall in love with, little by little. It’s a humbling job and not something you can take for granted.”

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Tech update boosts Village care

Kerikeri Retirement Village has introduced a single technology system to streamline every aspect of its operation, from registering and managing requests for its retirement accommodation through to streamlining patient record-keeping in its care wing.

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“You’re wonderful”: Village carers learn to sign

Ten staff at Kerikeri Retirement Village learned the basics of this country’s least used official language, New Zealand Sign Language, during the official sign language week marked nationwide in early May. 

The courses were conducted as part of the Village’s staff wellness and education programmes. One of the benefits is that it will allow carers to communicate more effectively with a deaf resident in the Village’s Care wing.

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Village launches bequests appeal to help fund more care beds

Kerikeri Retirement Village has launched a bequests appeal to help raise $8.5 million needed to expand and upgrade its care facility. It wants to increase the number of care beds it can offer from 66 to 100 and place them in spacious en suite rooms which can accommodate an increasing level of care as patients age.

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New clinical manager will drive professional development at the Village

Kerikeri Retirement Village has appointed Kathy Renner clinical manager. Ms Renner is responsible for delivery of all the clinical care the Village provides to the 66 people in its rest home, total care and dementia care units.

She will oversee the 23 registered nurses, more than 50 healthcare assistants, and more than 30 therapy and support staff delivering this care.

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Retirement villages urge Council re-think on District Plan

Representatives from the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) and four Mid North retirement living and aged-care providers have expressed concern to the Far North District Council (FNDC) that the District Plan currently under consideration does not adequately take into account the needs and impact of the growing number of elderly here.

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Rocketing demand prompts Village to outline plans for growth

Kerikeri Retirement Village has unveiled plans to buy as many as 42 neighbouring properties to build retirement accommodation for the growing number of elderly in the area. It wants to build 200 more independent living units for up to approximately 250 retirees and expand the number of beds in its care facility from 66 to 100.

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Village electric vehicle scheme takes to the road

On the 11th of August we launched our electric vehicle car-pooling initiative for residents. The $134,500 scheme is believed to be the first of its type for the New Zealand aged care sector and has been jointlyfunded by the Village and a grant from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

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Village electric vehicle scheme takes to the road

Kerikeri Retirement Village today launched its electric vehicle car-pooling initiative for residents. The $134,500 scheme is believed to be the first of its type for the New Zealand aged care sector and has been funded jointly and equally by the Village and a grant from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

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Village ‘first’ to soothe dementia patients

Kerikeri Retirement Village has taken delivery of a sensory chair that will help calm, soothe and comfort residents in its care unit, particularly dementia patients.

The Village is believed to be the first aged-care facility in New Zealand to provide the equipment, more properly known as a Wellness Nordic Relax Chair, for its residents

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Loyalty marked at Kerikeri Retirement Village

Six staff members at Kerikeri Retirement Village have marked significant long service milestones. Registered nurse Robyn Rihari, senior healthcare assistant Lillian Urrutia and healthcare assistant Mary Elliott and have all passed the 15 year mark, while deputy clinical manager Coleen Allison, driver Frank Lewis and gardener Logan Strong have each clocked up 10 years

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New Chairman takes the reins at Kerikeri Retirement Village

Mike Simm has been appointed Chairman of the Board of the Kerikeri Retirement Village. Suzanne Brocx, a nurse, educator and local dairy farmer, is our new Deputy Chairman.

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Kerikeri seniors power up for local travel

In a ground-breaking move for the New Zealand retirement sector, Kerikeri Retirement Village is to buy one Kia Soul and three Nissan Leaf zero emission electric vehicles for use in a car-sharing initiative aimed at Village residents

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A robot named Robyn

Residents at Kerikeri Retirement Village are less exposed to human error now that Robyn’s packaging their meds. Robyn’s a robot and she just doesn’t mess up. She can’t.

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Village quality audit shows spotless bill of health

The Ministry of Health has extended Kerikeri Retirement Village’s rest home certification for a further four years following an outstanding audit with no corrective actions required. All rest homes and aged residential care facilities in NZ are certified and audited to ensure they provide safe, appropriate care for their residents...

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Changes in retirement living shape Village apartment complex

Kerikeri Retirement Village has started consultation with its residents and other groups and people in the wider community about a plan to build retirement and lifestyle apartments on property it acquired some time ago at 127 Kerikeri Road, the former Enz of the Earth property.

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