Irwell Rest Home - Wellington, New Zealand

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Address: 11 Irwell St, Island Bay, Wellington    Phone: (04) 383 8485    Fax: (04) 383 8797    Email:

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Irwell Rest Home is a Stage II Rest Home catering for the elderly in need of care, comfort and security. We provide Respite Care, Convalescent Care, Short-term care and Long-term care.

Irwell Rest Home is a purpose built rest home and is privately owned and operated by the Nicolson Family of Island Bay. Irwell was architecturally built to fully utilise the wonderful rural and sea views, and all day sun. The Building is well insulated, has a robust fire evacuation scheme and a high earthquake safety rating.

All bedrooms at Irwell are single rooms, with each room having its own en-suite comprising shower, toilet and vanity. Bedrooms also have a television, refrigerator, telephone and heating. We provide genuine 'home-cooked' meals and cater for most dietary and cultural needs.

Staff employed at Irwell are very friendly and competent, most have had many years experience in caring for the elderly. We offer all staff on-going education to help them keep up-to-date with the ever changing needs of the Elderly. Most care staff have gained the Level 3 National Certificate in Caring for the Elderly.

We have a full activities programme which runs Monday Friday. Many and varied activities are on offer including outings, newspaper reading, exercise programme, indoor bowls and musical events to name a few.

Our vision for the rest home is to create a 'family' orientated rest home, ensuring a 'stress-free' life-style for our residents. The peaceful surroundings, skilled staff and family atmosphere will ensure that you, your loved ones or friend's stay will be comfortable and enjoyable.

John (Manager) along with his wife Heather live on site at the rest home, and are available to all residents and families (including out of hours). To arrange a visit, or for additional information please contact:

John or Heather Nicolson (owner/manager).

Irwell Rest Home is a Member of Health Care Providers New Zealand

Residents are encouraged to share their skills and talents
Residents are encouraged to share their skills and talents

Current Notices:
Title: Summer and Autumn 2016
Date: July
Posted by: All of US
Notice: Summer / Autum - 2016

Dear Families/ Whanau

The nights are growing longer and cooler, but what a wonderful summer we've had! The new year

already seems to be flying by, with only 284 sleeps until Christmas!

We will soon be administering Flu Vaccinations. Each year the majority of our residents' and a high

number of staff have the Flu Vaccine as an effective means of protecting ourselves and each other

from Influenza. To check if you are eligible for a free immunisation and for more information

about keeping yourself and family free from the flu – visit the Ministry of Health website:

Another way of protecting the residents of our home from the spread of flu and other winter-time

respiratory illness is by asking that you do not visit if you or someone in your home is unwell. It

can be hard not to visit when your loved one is expecting you – you are welcome to telephone, or

send an email to, and the staff will happily pass it along for you.

Just a friendly reminder: When visiting your loved one please remember to correctly enter the date

and time of your visit in the visitor's book at reception when you arrive, and enter the time when

you are leaving. It's important for us to maintain an accurate record of who is in the house in case

of emergency.

Our Activity Programme continues to be popular among Residents. The weekday programme has

something for everyone, kicking off with the daily exercise class - a great way to get the circulation

flowing. Our weekly drives continue with multiple destinations. Often providing a chance for

those participating to reminisce about their experiences in Wellington and keep an eye on

development around the city. Our 'Happy Hours' and visiting entertainers are always well received.

Next week staff and residents alike will be “going green” as we celebrate St Patricks Day in style.

The kitchen staff continue to deliver, with delicious home cooked meals. Meeting the diverse needs

and wants of our residents. John and Heather continue to personally select our fresh produce

weekly from the Farmer's Market. Menus and food are always a popular topic at the monthly

resident's meetings and the requests and comments are always passed on to the Kitchen Staff. We

encourage resident's to let the kitchen staff know if they would prefer an alternative to the menu –

the cooks are happy to accommodate.

We encourage open communication between residents and their families, staff and management.

Your contribution to care planning is valuable, if there is an area of care that you would like to

discuss or have more involvement in please feel free to discuss this with our Nursing staff – either

by phone, in person, or by email.(

Please also be aware that our “Tell us what you think about our service” forms are available on our

reception desk. This is a great way for you to provide feedback, and offer suggestions about our


With our kindest regards,

Residents, Staff and Management of Irwell.

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