New de­vel­op­ments aplenty at lo­cal care home

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Ad­ver­tise­ment And the foun­da­tions that have been laid are now start­ing to bear fruit.

Ex­cel­lent Min­istry of Health Au­dit

At its most re­cent Min­istry of Heath au­dit, con­ducted in mid-Fe­bru­ary, the de­liv­ery of care and ser­vices at Toko­roa Life­care were rated as be­ing of a very high stan­dard, with scor­ing on all signi cant in­di­ca­tors be­ing very good.

This re­sult means peo­ple liv­ing in Toko­roa can be re­as­sured they have a qual­ity care home right in their own back­yard.

While qual­ity clin­i­cal care is un­doubt­edly the most im­por­tant as­pect of any care home op­er­a­tion, what you might term the softer el­e­ments are also im­por­tant to res­i­dents well be­ing. One of th­ese be­ing how much say res­i­dents have in the run­ning of the home.

At Toko­roa Life­care, those who live here have in­put in to the day to day as­pects of their liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the at­mos­phere of their home . For in­stance, a weekly van trip was in­tro­duced fol­low­ing re­quests from res­i­dents, with a re­cent en­joy­able trip be­ing to the Huka Honey Cen­tre.

Fam­ily mem­bers an im­por­tant part of the to­tal care package

Fam­ily involvement in a per­son s care is ac­tively en­cour­aged.

The per­son with en­dur­ing power of at­tor­ney for care is in­vited to have in­put into a res­i­dent s care plan. Ar­eas such as what hob­bies or in­ter­ests a per­son en­joys, their food pref­er­ences, and any other par­tic­u­lar likes or dis­likes are all con­sid­ered.

Fam­ily mem­bers can visit as of­ten as they wish prefer­ably be­tween 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and if they would like to talk about any as­pect of their loved ones care, they are wel­come to speak to ei­ther the man­ager or clin­i­cal man­ager, ei­ther face-to-face or over the phone.

Food menu over­seen by a nu­tri­tion­ist

All meals at Toko­roa Life­care are pre­pared and cooked on site there are no mi­crowave­able TV din­ners. The menu is, ul­ti­mately, over­seen by a nu­tri­tion­ist, and drinks and snacks are read­ily avail­able in be­tween the three main meal times.

On the ac­tiv­i­ties front, a new ac­tiv­i­ties co- or­di­na­tor re­cently joined the staff and more ac­tiv­i­ties will soon be added to a pro­gramme which cur­rently in­cludes happy hours, bingo, bowls, and arts and crafts. One of th­ese new ini­tia­tives is to have strong recre­ational ties with a lo­cal club.

Pur­pose built to be a care home

From the very start Toko­roa Life­care was built with the in­ten­tion it be used as an aged- care cen­tre, and so it has wide cor­ri­dors, hand rails, call alarms and easy to ne­go­ti­ate steps.

How­ever, as part of on go­ing im­prove­ments, the gen­eral ap­pear­ance of the care home s grounds is also be­ing fur­ther devel­oped, with a new gar­dener hav­ing started re­cently.

One of her rst ini­tia­tives was a res­i­dents veg­etable garden which was devel­oped over the sum­mer and in which res­i­dents have grown broc­coli, peas, car­rots and sil­ver beet.

If Toko­roa Life­care sounds like the type of place a loved one would feel con­tent liv­ing in, please con­tact Greg Parker on (07) 886 1572.

Greg is the Fa­cil­ity Man­ager and a reg­is­tered nurse with 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the care sec­tor.

He or a mem­ber of his team will be happy to an­swer ques­tions about Toko­roa Life­care plus any gen­eral res­i­den­tial care ques­tions you may have, such as ar­rang­ing a needs as­sess­ment or com­plet­ing a WINZ res­i­den­tial care sub­sidy form. A copy of the re­cent Min­istry of Health au­dit is also avail­able on re­quest.

Main en­trance in­clud­ing vis­i­tor car park.

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