City rest homes among best in NZ

21:08, Sep 04 2013
Bev Harvey
Calvary Hospital therapist Bev Harvey celebrates with residents after the centre was named a finalist in the NZACA Telecom Awards.

Two Invercargill rest homes are "humming" after being named finalists at national aged care awards in Auckland.

Calvary Hospital and Peacehaven made the top three of their categories at the 2013 NZ Aged Care Association/Ebos Healthcare Excellence in Care Awards. Despite not winning, both rest homes are delighted.

Calvary Hospital was a finalist for the Telecom Community Connections Award. The award recognises a rest home's ability to create the feeling of a community, and connecting residents with the wider community, families and friends.

Calvary Hospital diversion therapist Bev Harvey said it was exciting.

"All of the residents and staff are just humming."

The hospital was judged in the top three of almost 40 entries, she said.

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Some initiatives at the rest home included group workshops and brainstorming sessions, which led to a musical production performed at Ascot Race Day in June, and creative van outings.

Mrs Harvey said the hospital was moving with technology by searching for ideas online, and some residents skyped family on their iPads.

Peacehaven was also a finalist for the Jackson Enterprises Built and Grown Environment Category.

This award recognises exceptional design, construction or changes to a facility to create a positive environment for

residents and staff.

A new walkway was built for residents and staff about three months ago.

Peacehaven manager Jillian Jones said being a finalist was "absolutely fantastic".

"It's great . . .our residents have loved it."

The new walkway meant residents could enjoy the outdoors, plants and flowers.

However, the village hoped to be donated a chair and table as a place to have afternoon tea, she said.

The Southland Times