Putaruru’s Rangiura Rest Home had a lot to celebrate last week.
In addition to recent Putaruru Better Business Awards success, Rangiura was recognised at the 6th Eden Alternative Ltd care conference and awards.
Rangiura Rest Home Trust chief executive Juliette Tuckey and chairman Henry Van Dyk travelled more than 13,000 kilometres to attend the May awards in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Nominated for three alternative care awards, the trust’s memory support home Fern Haven qualified for International Leadership and International Seedling/New Comer, with Mrs Tuckey eligible for best International Champion.
Of the nominations, Rangiura’s Fern Haven made the Inter- national Seedling/ Newcomer short list, as did Mrs Tuckey for the International Champion.
‘‘The person who won the International Champion award is currently running the entire operation for the UK and Ireland.
‘‘I felt, from our point of view, incredibly honoured to even be considered.
‘‘There were people who had done amazing things for dementia throughout the States.
‘‘It shows you how significant they considered our contributions,’’ Mrs Tuckey said.
The Grand Imperial Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel hosted 650 participants from 14 countries for the three-day event.
Among presenters were Mrs Tuckey and Mr Van Dyk who shared the story of how smalltown Putaruru helped its retire- ment village realise $907,000 for Fern Haven.
Mr Van Dyk said guests were fascinated with how rest home staff, residents and the community got it ‘‘up and running’’.
‘‘Just how a small country town could raise such an amount in a short period . . . Fern Haven would not have happened if it weren’t for our community and key people,’’ Mr Van Dyk said.
As a bonus Mrs Tuckey got to have lunch with gerontologist Dr William Thomas, founder of Eden Alternative Ltd and voted 10th most influential American.
‘‘Bill’s philosophy is ‘we are not just treating people’s heart conditions we are treating their hearts’,’’ Mrs Tuckey explained. – Libby Kissick is a Wintec
HONOURED: Putaruru’s Rangiura Rest Home was recognised earlier this year at the sixth Eden Alternative care conference in Grand Rapids.