A home away from home in Cambridge
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.
FAMILY FEEL: Windermere Family Resthome owners Carol Mackay and Norman Foster embrace a real family atmosphere for their residents.