Glenwood is here to assist you with both long-term or respite solutions, providing excellent and professionally trained staff for live-in care.
Rest Home and Hospital
Glenwood staff work hard to make Glenwood as much like a private “family” home as possible.
We value our relatively small size - with only 42 residents - our modern decor, spacious rooms all with heat pumps and ensuites, our enclosed courtyard and sunny garden setting.
Central to Glenwood is an emphasis on celebrating the individuality of residents.
Excellent clinical care is provided 24/7 by our highly qualified team of registered nurses and health care assistants to ensure you receive the appropriate medical care the moment you need it.
Entry to residential care is managed by a process known as Needs Assessment.
1) To begin this process you either need to talk to your doctor about the issues that are leading you to take this step or you can contact the agency responsible for managing assessments (known as NASC or Care Coordination) yourself.
2) Undergo an assessment. An assessment is not something you pass or fail: it is a way of finding out what your needs are and how they might best be met. During the assessment you will be asked a lot of questions about your health and well-being, your personal circumstances, whether you need help with your daily activities and whether more assistance would improve your quality of life. A referral to a specialist (e.g. geriatrician, physiotherapist etc.) may also be made if required.
3) After the assessment has been done the findings will be discussed with you. Possible outcomes of the assessment may include:
A recommendation for residential care (the criteria for entry is quite high);
A recommendation for support at home to a residential care level;
Informed you do not meet the criteria and other options are recommended e.g. home support services.
Moving into Residential Care
Glenwood's on-site kitchen provides delicious, healthy meals and snacks, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce and variety, catering to individual needs and preferences. The tasty, menus are dietician approved and vary regularly.
Morning and afternoon teas feature yummy home baked treats and Happy Hour on Fridays is a popular social occasion. Special events are celebrated throughout the year with special meals.
The following applies to those who have have decided to go into residential care and are taking the next steps:
1) The person responsible for co-ordinating your services will give you your Assessment Certificate and if relevant the ‘Residential Care Subsidy - Application for Financial Means Assessment’ form’. Make sure you know what type/level of care you require e.g. rest home, dementia, hospital, specialist hospital (more about levels of care).
2) Discuss your options with those closest to you and seek any clarification from the person responsible for co-ordinating your services.
3) Check the Eldernet Residential Care Vacancy Status Report (you'll can access it from the home page). It shows all facilities in New Zealand and in most regions shows where current vacancies are.
4) Shortlist possible homes/hospitals that provide your level of care. It is your responsibility to select your home. (See checklist).
5) Visit the facilities on your shortlist.
6) Ask for a copy of each facility’s Admission Agreement. Make sure you ask about any additional charges and that you have written information about any of these. Go away and read these documents (so that you have plenty of time to make an informed choice).
7) You can arrange to have a ‘trial’ of the home/hospital, so arrange this if you plan to do this (it’s often a good way to find out how well you and the facility ‘fit’). You must pay for a trial yourself; it is not subsidised.
8) Decide on your preferred home.
9) Talk with the admissions person, negotiate any issues and sign the Admission Agreement.
10) You are responsible for paying for or contributing towards your care. Make arrangements for this. Apply for a Residential Care Subsidy or Loan if appropriate
Steps to Moving into Care
Glenwood provides a courtesy van for outings and visits to off site facilities such as hospitals and Doctor appointments.
Bedrooms are spacious, all have heatpumps so residents can enjoy their own comfort level.
All bedrooms have either individual or shared ensuites, are sunny and have pleasant outlooks.
Spiritual, Cultural, Mental, Physical and Social Needs
The Glenwood approach recognises that needs go beyond general welfare - needs which are vital for individuals to be content.
Glenwood's chaplain, Ian, enjoys catching up with residents frequently and is available to give further support to residents or their families whenever required.
Communion and special services are held regularly and Ian will assist residents from other faith backgrounds to keep in touch with their own communities.
Weekly church services at Glenwood are also conducted by various local denominations.
PET FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT
Glenwood’s Activities staff help residents to continue to enjoy their interests, or find new ones - whether they be art, music, exercise, singing, craft, flower arranging, gardening or outings - whatever appeals. A varied, daily programme of activities is available for residents to choose to enjoy if they wish.
When moving to Glenwood, residents are encouraged to bring mementos or a special piece of furniture from home. Familar and well-loved items transform a room into a space where people feel comfortable and at home.