Kingswood haven

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Kingswood Rest Homes are com­fort­able, com­pas­sion­ate and a friendly safe haven for those with de­men­tia.

Sit­u­ated in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Cam­bridge, each unit spe­cialises in the 24-hour care of peo­ple who have been as­sessed as re­quir­ing stage three de­men­tia care. They also of­fer a range of other rest home care. Mor­rinsville’s fa­cil­ity also of­fers in­de­pen­dent liv­ing op­tions.

Kingswood Rest Homes are pri­vately owned fa­cil­i­ties and of­fer a pre­mium level of care for all their res­i­dents. There is a qual­i­fied, ded­i­cated team in place to en­sure the needs of res­i­dents are ad­e­quately met.

Each rest home is housed in sin­gle-storey build­ings sur­rounded by lovely es­tab­lished grounds and trees.

Kingswood has full­time in­house ac­tiv­ity co-or­di­na­tors to en­sure its res­i­dents are kept ac­tive, stim­u­lated and above all, hav­ing fun. The rest homes are ac­cred­ited by DAA, which is one of New Zealand’s lead­ing providers of qual­ity and risk man­age­ment au­dit­ing ser­vices in the health and dis­abil­ity sec­tor.

The team also works closely with the Waikato Dis­trict Health Board and men­tal health team for older peo­ple as well as Alzheimers Waikato. Howard Booth is on a jour­ney.

‘‘I don’t know quite where it’s go­ing to lead to; it’s a bit of an un­known des­tiny, but it cer­tainly is a jour­ney.’’

The 68-year-old was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s in Jan­uary last year after at­tend­ing a mem­ory clinic. ‘‘It was a bit scary for me, prob­a­bly out of ig­no­rance be­cause I prob­a­bly didn’t un­der­stand what it was.’’

His wife – and now carer – Sally said the di­ag­no­sis made sense.

Howard had been hav­ing trou­ble with his mem­ory and man­ag­ing things which nor­mally would not re­quire any thought.

‘‘Just yes­ter­day, I couldn’t re­mem­ber my own phone num­ber. We’ve had it 15, 20 years,’’ Howard said.

He re­tired a few years ago after it be­came too dif­fi­cult to man­age his build­ing business, and now had trou­ble keep­ing mo­ti­vated.

He also strug­gled do­ing things around the house that used to come eas­ily.

‘‘I re­ally have lost my con­fi­dence and that’s quite frus­trat­ing re­ally, to think I used to be able to nail a bit of wood into a bit of wood, now I have to pay somebody to do that.’’

Sally still worked part-time and said it could be hard jug­gling work with look­ing after Howard and their 13-year-old son, Reuben.

Howard was par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about how the dis­ease im­pacted on Reuben.

‘‘I’m try­ing to be a good fa­ther to Reuben,’’ he said.

‘‘I feel I fail at time, I don’t give him the at­ten­tion he de­serves.’’

The cou­ple said support from Alzheimer’s Can­ter­bury had been in­valu­able for help­ing them cope with the dis­ease.

‘‘To talk to other peo­ple who’ve got the same prob­lem – you don’t feel so alone in this jour­ney, which is re­ally good.

‘‘Life’s not all bad.’’

IN THE GAR­DEN: Ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor Mau­reen Her­rick with res­i­dents Fay, Terese, Emily and Edie in the gar­den. The gar­den is planted and cared for by res­i­dents and pro­duce is used in the kitchen for meals and snacks.

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