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Resthaven is known for its warm, friendly and homely atmosphere. An older style facility surrounded by beautiful cottage gardens, its size is deceptive when viewed from our street frontage. Resthaven has a heart of gold with all of our staff committed to providing the very best of care. As the adage goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”. If quality care is your priority, then we welcome you to join our community.
Our activities programme is provided separately for each care level, although residents often join together for theme days, entertainment and outings. Staff learn about residents’ interests to ensure the programme is meaningful to all. A wide variety of activities are offered by our activities/diversional therapist.
In the dementia unit activities are specifically tailored to help those with memory loss, with a focus on reminiscing, brain exercise and relaxation.
Located within the ‘four avenues’ of Christchurch, Resthaven offers the convenience of the central city without the parking hassles. Off street parking is available at the front and back of the facility.
It’s an easy stroll to Pepperberry Café, which is rumoured to make the best coffee in Christchurch. Edgeware Village is a short drive away and has a supermarket, post shop and pub. Public transport is available at the gate and there is a chemist just over the road.
901 Colombo Street
|(03) 379 9033|
|(03) 379 9033|
Born and bred in Christchurch, Kate has dedicated many years to Resthaven - initially as Care Manager. She commenced her career in aged care as a new graduate registered nurse from CPIT in 2002, which quickly put her on the path to management. Kate also holds a Bachelor of Science, Intermediate Infection Control Certificate and recently completed National Diploma in Business (First Line Management) Level 4 and National Diploma in Business Level 5. In her spare time she’s never far from a good novel.
A registered nurse who graduated in 1991 from CPIT, Jill has worked in both private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in dementia care. While overseas, Jill worked in the United Arab Emirates before returning to Christchurch and taking up the Clinical Leader position at Resthaven in 2007 when the Dementia Unit first opened. She believes in providing quality care for our residents, recognizing that Resthaven is their home and ensuring that they are treated as individuals with individual preferences.
The first person you are likely to meet when visiting Resthaven is Merilyn, who has been part of the management team since 2009. She has a strong interest in human resources and accounting, and her goal is to gain formal qualifications in these areas. Coming from a long history of administration roles, she has completed several courses at CPIT. Merilyn lives on a lifestyle block in North Canterbury, traveling daily into the city. She is married with three adult children and one grandchild, but looks forward to many more. She gets great enjoyment from horse riding, walking, swimming, cycling and her family.
"Please pass on our thanks to you and your team who have done a marvellous job in caring and settling him in. The professionalism and level of care has been excellent."
"You are all very special people, I saw the dignity and respect you show all the residents including my mum, I head back overseas in the knowledge she is very well cared for."
"I love to be here. The staff are absolutely incredible. I feel so safe and that's the main thing."
"Rettie, thank you, all of your staff have done more than we could have ever achieved alone. 2 years and 5 months after our mum fell down and broke her hip – she has melted with your persistent loving care and got up from her chair. Mum’s psychogeriatricist said she may never get up. You have proved this wrong."
"It occurs to me that 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' To me this means the endless patience, encouragement, support and tireless care your staff give my family cannot be understated."
"The staff I had most contact with were Diane, Lorraine and Mia. They have been just fantastic, but I realise that everyone has contributed to Mum’s overall care. There were mornings when I had to wait for the staff to finish hugging Mum and telling her to have a lovely time when I came to take her out."
"Just want to let you know how happy and grateful our family is, not only for the superb care you’re providing for our Mum but also for the wonderful respect and kindness everyone shows to residents and family members."
"On more than one occasion, the nurses came in to talk to Alan and say goodbye to him for the day, before they left at the end of their shift. They all loved him and cared for him in a most special way, even though Alan was unable to speak very much due to a stroke."