New developments aplenty at local care home
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.