Kingswood a safe haven

Matamata Chronicle - - News - Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer or sup­port worker should ring 0800 004 001, 07 929 4042, or email waikato@alzheimers.org.nz.

Kingswood Rest Homes are com­fort­able, com­pas­sion­ate and friendly homes for res­i­dents and those who pro­vide their care.

Sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful gar­dens, Kingswood pro­vide a car­ing, home-like en­vi­ron­ment where the older per­son can live with the dig­nity, hon­our and re­spect they de­serve as se­nior mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties.

Kingswood pro­vide safe havens for their res­i­dents, re­spond­ing to their chang­ing needs and con­tin­u­ally mea­sur­ing and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of their ser­vices to them.

There is sup­port at all times by qual­i­fied staff who will pro­vide the high­est level of on­go­ing in­di­vid­u­alised care ap­pro­pri­ate to the needs of each and ev­ery res­i­dent.

At King­wood’s Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville Rest Homes, spe­cialised care for peo­ple di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia is of­fered.

In Mor­rinsville, Kingswood also of­fer Rest Home Care and As­sisted Liv­ing Fa­cil­i­ties. Both rest homes also of­fer day and respite care.

Kingswood’s qual­i­fied nurs­ing and care­giv­ing staff are car­ing and ex­pe­ri­enced and un­der­take reg­u­lar train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

Kingswood staff mem­bers be­lieve in en­cour­ag­ing stim­u­lat­ing con­tact with peo­ple of all ages and the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in ther­a­peu­tic and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties within the home and/or com­mu­nity.

Through the ‘‘Spark of Life’’ Phi­los­o­phy, Kingswood will re-ig­nite the hu­man spirit, boost self­es­teem and bring joy to the lives of res­i­dents, en­sur­ing that the Kingswood Rest Homes are a place where the staff love work­ing, the res­i­dents love liv­ing and their fam­i­lies and friends love vis­it­ing.

Next month is World Alzheimer’s Month, with events tak­ing place world­wide un­der the theme of De­men­tia: a jour­ney of car­ing.

In the Waikato, aware­ness week col­lec­tions are from Septem­ber 16 to 21, and vol­un­teers and sup­port work­ers are needed to help re­duce the stigma of­ten as­so­ci­ated with de­men­tia.

The dis­ease causes pro­gres­sive dam­age to the brain. Alzheimer or­gan­i­sa­tions have ob­served World Alzheimer’s Day since 1994.

In Waikato, Alzheimer’s Dis­ease In­ter­na­tional’s seven staff, two of whom are part-time, care for an aver­age of 450 peo­ple.

They cover the en­tire Waikato Dis­trict Health Board re­gion, with 12 car­ers sup­port groups meet­ing monthly and op­er­at­ing as far afield as Whi­tianga and Tau­marunui.

Alzheimer’s Waikato be­came in­sol­vent in 2009, but staff stayed on as vol­un­teers and it started up again in Jan­uary 2010. Core ser­vices are run­ning well, but there are ad­di­tional projects need­ing fund­ing or re­sources to get un­der way. Only 14 per cent of Alzheimer’s Waikato’s ex­pen­di­ture comes from a dis­trict health board con­tract – all other fund­ing is from grants, the an­nual ap­peal, fundrais­ing events, or do­na­tions and be­quests.

The Waikato branch has two leased ve­hi­cles, and Waikato Honda con­tin­ues its long-term sup­port by loan­ing the group a car, com­plete with a filled tank, free, for a week each month when the sup­port co­or­di­na­tor is in the Coro­man­del.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also has vol­un­teers who help with fundrais­ing, and oth­ers who as­sist the clients. Alzheimer’s Waikato is keen to train more of th­ese vol­un­teers – or there is an op­tion to be paid through the Min­istry of Health carer sup­port pro­gramme.

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