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

Current Notices:
Title: Summer 2017
Date: February
Posted by: Everyone
Notice: Greetings to all family, friends and visitors hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and Festive season?

Its hard to believe Christmas was just on two months ago, it takes many weeks to plan for the day and it is over in a blink of an eye. The Christmas party was a great success as was Christmas and New Year's day parties. If you haven't yet looked at the photos remember to do so when you next visit. If you would like copies just leave your name with the Receptionist.

We began the New Year with a new and exciting activity programme, Julia has been hard at work to update the programme. If you would like input into any part of the programme don't hesitate to mention this. You are all welcome to attend the Resident's monthly meetings, dates for the meetings are on the message boards.

We enjoyed Valentines day party with lots of games and music entertainer singing some well known songs where everyone could join in. The Valentines party was a time to celebrate on of our Resident's birthdays, very significant one at that (well over 100 years young).

Once again if you would like any photos of the valentines party just ask.

Residents are enjoying the new menus developed in conjunction with our Dietitian. We cater for so many likes and dlislikes the Resident's have as well as special dietary requirements for medical and ethnic/religious reasons. Over the years we have noticed a change in the eating habits of the elderly person, it is an exciting challenge to fulfill their expectations.

Early January we had the Ministry of Health unannounced surveillance audit, all went extremely well, the Auditors were very impressed with the comments and feedback they received from Residents, Relatives and visiting professionals.

We have had a few staff changes this year, some staff have decided to attend tertiary education which we wish them well. Please make yourself known to the new staff when you see them.

One 'house-keeping' item we would like to mention is to please remember to get a Staff Member to lock you out if visiting after 5pm, this is an on-going issue that we need your cooperation in – thanks.

Take care till next time

Residents, Staff and Management

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