A home away from home in Cam­bridge

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Cam­bridge’s Win­der­mere Fam­ily Resthome is one of those rare fa­cil­i­ties that re­ally does fo­cus on its fam­ily feel.

Own­ers Carol Mackay and Nor­man Foster of­fer ‘‘un­par­al­leled care and com­pan­ion­ship’’ to just 21 res­i­dents liv­ing within the gra­cious old villa.

Their in­di­vid­ual rooms are en­hanced by com­fort­able and cosy shared sit­ting ar­eas – and, just the way many of the res­i­dents like it, the main meal is served from the on-site kitchen in the evenings.

They run the fa­cil­ity just as most of the res­i­dents would have run their homes.

Carol, a Scots-born reg­is­tered nurse, is avail­able to en­sure res­i­dents have the best pos­si­ble per­sonal care and sup­port, while hus­band Nor­man makes sure the home is al­ways com­fort­able and well-main­tained, with ev­ery lit­tle task tended to.

They be­lieve res­i­dents want to keep ‘‘liv­ing’’ once they come into Win­der­mere and go to great lengths to en­sure they re­main con­nected to ac­tiv­i­ties and the com­mu­nity at large.

‘‘Be­ing a smaller home, we of­fer real friend­ship and a sense of be­long­ing. We are a fam­ily here, and ev­ery­one who walks in the door is made to feel wel­come,’’ they said.

Carol and Nor­man took over the reins at Win­der­mere in late Oc­to­ber last year, when Carol was in the process of do­ing her masters in nurs­ing. Nor­man brought his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­sur­ance and busi­ness to the task.

’’Those want­ing to visit can just drop in at any time.’’

Rangiura Home pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive, holis­ti­cally based care for up to 75 peo­ple at all lev­els of need, in­clud­ing rest home, hos­pi­tal, de­men­tia and respite.

There is in­put from a wide range of ex­pe­ri­enced aged care spe­cial­ists and they are also able to of­fer ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port and care for res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies/whanau re­quir­ing pal­lia­tive care.

In or­der to de­liver this ser­vice Rangiura has a long-stand­ing team of med­i­cal, ad­min­is­tra­tive, and care staff as well as the lat­est med­i­cal and mo­bil­ity equip­ment, in­clud­ing their state-of-the-art Romedic-ceil­ing hoist sys­tem.

With the ex­pan­sion of ser­vices has come the evo­lu­tion of a more per­sonal phi­los­o­phy on care.

In 2009 Rangiura be­came an Eden Al­ter­na­tive Reg­is­tered Home, which ac­knowl­edges their com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that is stim­u­lat­ing and en­rich­ing and en­sures that res­i­dents (or those clos­est to them) are at the fore­front of de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Rangiura is the high­est reg­is­tered fa­cil­ity within New Zealand and is pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing res­i­dent cen­tred care.

Rangiura also has a pur­pose­built vil­lage com­plex fea­tur­ing 80 thought­fully de­signed homes which max­imise safety and pri­vacy.

The vil­lage com­mu­nity is spread over two sites.

Rangiura is ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have had the con­tin­u­ous sup­port of the South Waikato Com­mu­nity over the last 30-plus years.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

FAM­ILY FEEL: Win­der­mere Fam­ily Resthome own­ers Carol Mackay and Nor­man Foster em­brace a real fam­ily at­mos­phere for their res­i­dents.

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