Ranfurly aged care moves to new premises

Last updated 09:00 07/12/2013

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A new 100-bed aged care facility has replaced Feilding's former Ranfurly Manor, which received a damning audit report under its previous owner.

Residents will move into the new purpose-built aged care facility, now called Ranfurly Residential Care Centre, on December 11.

The new location on Monmouth St in Feilding, has 74 hospital-level beds, 15 internal apartments, a dementia care unit with 26 beds and six separate units.

Ranfurly Manor had 50 beds, most of which were taken by those requiring hospital-level care, and the rest needing stage two care.

Facility manager Anna Blackwell said the new building was an exciting development for the business.

"It means we can deliver our fantastic care in a building that matches it. Our current building is much older and this has been purpose built to do aged care."

Ranfurly Manor was subject to complaints in 2008 that led to a poor audit report and appointment of a statutory manager by the MidCentral District Health Board. It was bought by Tom Brankin, who also owns the Eileen Mary Resthome in Dannevirke, effectively saving the facility from closure, and in 2009 Ranfurly Manor received an outstanding auditor's report.

MidCentral District Health Board portfolio manager for health of older people Jo Smith said the new premises were a significant improvement for the sector.

"The new facility is spacious and offers a range of services for retirees and for those who will require resthome level, dementia level, and hospital level care," she said.

A recent provisional audit on the facility "produced a faultless report".

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