The Selwyn Foundation opened a new $14 million development offering residential aged care & retirement village amenities at Selwyn Oaks village in Papakura today.
The 3-storey Lees Centre will offer fully serviced residential aged care suites within an innovative ‘household’ setting, as well as an extensive range of leisure amenities for residents.
The 48 care suites have been developed according to the ‘household’ layout, a new concept in the provision of residential aged care in New Zealand based on international best practice.
Village manager Roland Phillips said: “By having 4 small communities or ‘households’ of 12 residents, the care suites will provide an environment where people who live there have a real sense of belonging and feel truly at home. Each ‘household’ will function like a home, where residents have their own room with ensuite and share a spacious lounge with open-plan dining & kitchen area, leading to a large outdoor deck & seating.
“The layout is designed to support our new way of delivering care. Our unique ‘care partnership’ approach provides holistic care planning focused on all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. The interior plan and the accessibility features promote people’s independence, and a new way of working for our staff reflects the importance we place on the whole person & their overall wellbeing, and will enable residents to continue to take charge of their own lives, be empowered & heard by all their care partners.”
The Selwyn Foundation says it’s the first provider in New Zealand to offer this participatory style of hospital-level care – one that’s based totally around residents’ individual needs and what they want out of life.
Mr Phillips said: “We’ve developed this following a review of the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision & service delivery, and then created our own unique version. In the Selwyn model, our residents direct us on what’s important for them, with our care team then formulating a personal & tailored care plan based on the person’s individual needs. The care team has a guiding role and will support the resident to make the best decisions about their own wellbeing & lifestyle within the care home.”
The care suites are on the first & second floors of the Lees Centre, which also has a social hub on the ground floor for the whole village to enjoy.
“During the planning stage, we discussed with our residents what suggestions they had for the new building, so they could input into the process and contribute ideas on what they would like to see in terms of the community leisure & social amenities on the ground floor.
“The new amenities will include a café & dining area, lounge & activity rooms, a residents’ shop, hair salon & an outdoor barbecue space, as well as administration offices & an area designated for worship services, and will offer a warm & welcoming centre for group activities & social get-togethers.”
The centre is named in recognition of the outstanding contribution of the late Ted & Rowley Lees in the establishment of Selwyn Oaks village.
Attribution: Foundation release.