Rest home wins 4 year certification

A Blenheim rest home has been given a four-year stamp of approval by the Health Ministry.

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care was awarded the lengthy endorsement last month following an audit in June.

Staff believe it is the only rest home in Marlborough or Nelson with a four-year audit certification.

The Health Ministry said only 5 per cent of New Zealand's 660 aged-care providers had a four-year commendation.

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care operations manager Andrew Sheard said the successful audit was testament to the hard work of staff.

"The four-year certification isn't something that the ministry gives away lightly and it shows that our residents are cared for in a fantastic way," he said.

It meant the home didn't require a further audit inspection for another four years.

However, the ministry would carry out a spot check in two years to ensure standards were being maintained.

The audit team looked at staff training and knowledge, infection control measures and paperwork.

Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care was also commended for achieving nine continual improvement ratings as part of the process, he said.

It was awarded for exceeding the service criteria and developing innovative ways to improve services to residents.

Aberleigh was commended for its family information and support, its education programme and its infection surveillance. "Receiving three or four improvement ratings is quite good so nine is quite exceptional."

The complex consisted of a 26-bed rest home and a 20-bed dementia care unit, he said.

The audit process meant they could start offering hospital level care for up to 10 residents, with round-the-clock nursing care, as of September 3.

They planned to extend the rest home and refurbish an existing wing later this month.

The Marlborough Express