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Rural Auckland Welcomes New Care Home
for Ladies Living with Dementia

Posted 04/06/20

So proud of our whole team for all of the work that has gone into creating the Ladybug! We can't wait to start welcoming our ladies, their pets, and their families to our ever growing family ❤️


Happy Mothers Day!

Posted 10/05/20

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our beautiful mothers and grandmothers.

Although this wasn’t a normal Mother’s Day at Kumeu Village, the love has been felt from the calls, cards, flowers, gifts, baking, and the stories of family shared around the dining tables today.

We can’t wait to celebrate properly very soon!


Lady Bug Certification Audit Completed!

Posted 08/05/20

The Lady Bug Certification Audit has been completed!

A lot of hard work has gone into this project and we can't wait to share more with you soon!The Kumeu Village Family are excited to be providing a Memory Assisted Lifestyle home for ladies, in this Riverhead/Coatesville area.

Opening 8th June! - more details to come.


Thanks for the treats Margaret!

Posted 08/05/20

Thank you to Margaret Butler’s beautiful family for these treats for our staff and the lovely card (they didn’t last long for a photo!) ❤️ we love our big, kind KV family!


Happy Easter Everyone!

Posted 10/04/20

 

 


Apples Apples Apples!

Posed 07/04/20

Thank you very much Sonja and family for delivering these beautiful apples and pears for our Residents and Staff from Boric Food Market. Such a wonderful treat for everyone during this time!


Missing our Ray of Sunshine Hairdresser!

Posted 01.04.20

We sure do miss our ray of sunshine hairdresser Sandra Dickson, but how lucky are we to have such wonderful, talented Care Partners and Accounts Managers like Brenda, Tazmeen and Ann to fill in for her for the next few weeks...

 


Animal Isolation Update!

Posted 31/03/20

Our animals are still hard at work during the lockdown, eating, sleeping, and looking cute.

Gary and Elvis are enjoying their isolation at Ange's place with some rather large new friends!


#Staysafe #Staycalm

Posted 31/03/20

PSA from our two youngest staff members Phoebe and Lincoln.

 


Project "Knockout Lockdown"

Posted 27/03/20

We have seen our friends over at Sherbrooke Community Centre and other homes around the world sharing signs like these so our superstar DT Kristine Estillore thought we should give it a go too!

Project 'KNOCKOUT LOCKDOWN'

Love from the Kumeu Village Elders <3

Check the following link for more pics x

We have created a private Facebook group for families and friends to join to share updates and photos/videos https://www.facebook.com/groups/136601517768877/

 

 

 


Thanks for the Most Beautiful Roses!

Posted 24/03/20

Our awesome friends at Riverhead School just dropped off the most beautiful roses from Van Lier Nurseries - they are being scattered throughout our home and Resident's rooms now.

Thank you for brightening our day! ☀️


Posted: 24.03.20

Due to the alert levels 3/4 that came into place at midday yesterday, we remain closed to all visitors.

All families/EPOAs have been contacted about our measures going forward.

Our Kumeu Village Families Facebook group is going strong for family and friends of Residents.

We are also still available to help our Elders in the community with food and supplies. Please get in touch if you know anyone who needs help!

Stay safe and connected everyone <3

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136601517768877/


Our Residents are Safe!

Posted: 20.03.20

We are here to help too!

Our residents are safe and well and so we want to reach out to the community to offer our help.

If you know any elders in the community who are struggling with meals or getting to the shops, even to pick up a lotto ticket, please let us know. Our admin team are happy to pick things up or drop things off or deliver some food from our Kitchen.

Please send us a private message or call on 09 412 9112.

Sending love to our Elders in the community 


COVID-19 UPDATE!

Posted 18/03/20

In response to the devastating global Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to close our home to all visitors until further notice.

All essential visits and outings will be allowed on a case-by-case basis.

We apologize for the distress this may cause, but we feel this is the most responsible decision to keep our Elders and staff safe.

Please be assured our residents will continue receiving the best care and support.

We have created a private Facebook group for families and friends to join to share updates and photos/videos https://www.facebook.com/groups/136601517768877/

Please stay safe and keep well everyone, and follow the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation guidelines to keep this virus from affecting us and our most vulnerable.

From the Team at Kumeu Village x



Five Year Anniversary!

Posted 09/03/20

Today marks 5 years since Kumeu Village welcomed our first Residents, staff and families, many of whom are still with us and we got to celebrate with today!

We had a beautiful afternoon tea organised by our Life Enhancement Team, the most incredible cake made by our very own Esther, music by Anthony and candles blown out by our Residents who have been with us since day one.

We then celebrated by taking our staff who started in our first month out for a dinner filled with fun, laughter and some tears about those who we are missing today. Especially our dear Jeannie.

We want to thank the wonderful Residents of Kumeu Village for trusting us to care for them over the past 5 years. Their families for allowing us to care for them, and the community for their unwavering support of our family owned and run home. We also think of and cherish the memories of those who are no longer with us, but who we were lucky enough to get to know and love.

We are looking forward to the next 5 years and continuing our mission to offer the best place for our Elders to call home ❤️


Kitchen Assistant(s) Wanted!

Posted 28/01/20

We are looking for a full time or 2 part-time Kitchen Assistant(s) and two Cooks to join our Kitchen team!

Shifts available for Kitchen Assistants:

Monday 1:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 1:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday 1:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 5am - 2pm
Sunday 1:30pm - 8:30pm

(you must be able to work at least one weekend day)

Shifts Available for Cooks:

Mixture of weekdays/weekends
either 9am - 5.30pm or 5am - 2pm.

(you must be able to work at least one weekend day)

If you are interested and would like to know more, please email dayna@kumeuvillage.co.nz with your CV and which role/hours you are interested in.

Please note that we can only contact applications who email the above address, so do not apply through Facebook!

507 State Highway 16, Kumeu, New Zealand 0892


Gardener Wanted!

Posted 31/01/20

We are looking for a full-time gardener to take care of our grounds at Kumeu Village and our new home in Coatesville, due to open April 2020.

We are looking for a someone who is creative and can work independently as well as get along with our team. A sound horticulture knowledge is preferred and someone who is personable, honest and reliable, as you will be working alongside the elderly too.

The main parts of the job will be mowing lawns, creation and maintenance of vege gardens, spraying, weeding, basic landscaping, repairs and maintenance of garden areas, water blasting, watering, etc.

All equipment is supplied and you must have reliable transport please. Immediate start.

If you are interested, please email dayna@kumeuvillage.co.nz for more information.

 


Anton and Pluto enjoying the Sunshine!

Posted 25/11/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pluto does the SPCA Paws Walk! 

Posted 01/11/2019

Next Saturday Pluto, Dayna and friends are doing the SPCA Great NZ Paws Walk to help raise crucial funds for our furry friends in need! We’d love you to register and come join us or give up your coffee for a day and donate. Every little bit helps give a voice to the voiceless ❤️

To Donate Please Click Here ... 


Happy Halloween!

Posted 31.10.19

Happy Halloween from our spooky KV team and Gym Dogs Rico, Harry and Pluto!


Operation Christmas Child!

Posted 14/10/2019

Jo and Bev with the amazing collection of gifts for 'Operation Christmas Child'. This is an amazing program that Beverley has organised through her church. Thank you to our kind and generous staff who filled a box. For more information on this great cause, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ 


Happy Fiji Day!

Posted 10.10.2019

We had a very happy Fiji Day today! Thank you to our gorgeous dancers for sharing your beautiful, fun and exciting dance with us and to our staff and volunteers for joining in! (the cameraman was clearly dancing too! 


Happy International Day of the Older Person!

Posted 02/10/2019

We had a great day today, some of our Residents attended a morning tea with both the young and old at Bethells Road community centre. They sang songs together and met new people including volunteer fire fighters, police, and residents from other homes. Lots of fun and laughter was had!

And some residents stayed at home and even though it was their day, they honoured those who care for them by baking and giving out cupcakes 


FATHER'S DAY!

Posted 01/09/2019

Happy Super-Father’s Day to all our amazing Dads 


Horsing Around With Elvis!

Posted 09/08/2019


SPCA Cupcake Day!

Posted 05/08/2019

Come and grab a Keto cupcake for only $5 which will go straight towards helping our fur-friends in need at the SPCA!
https://www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz/


Life Guard on Duty!

Posted 12/07/19


School Holiday Fun!

09/07/2019

School Holiday fun today! Thanks to our new animal helpers.


Happy Mothers Day!

Posted 12/05/2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Mothers, Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers, Cat and Dog Mums, and all of the Mothers that are no longer with us and are missed everyday.


Welcome to the family Cooper!

Posted 30/04/2019

Some of you may have already had the pleasure of meeting our newest furry staff member of the Villa, Cooper.

Lee-Anne and her family adopted Cooper from the amazing people at the Saving Hope Foundation and he has fit into home life so well.


Easter Egg Hunt Fun!

Posted 24/04/19

How lucky were we to get the cutest Easter bunny!


Happy International Women's Day!

Posted 08/03/2019

Today we celebrate our smart, strong and wonderful mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, secretaries, nurses, chefs, landscape gardeners, carers, horticulturists, midwives, shop assistants, retail buyers, farmers, hairdressers, accounts executives, chemical mowers, dental assistants, housewives, butchers, business owners, painters, confectionaries, authors, teachers, seamstresses, burrow operators, animal rescuers and all of the hard working women of Kumeu Village and beyond.


Doggy Boot Camp - Week 2

Posted 31/01/19

Thanks to Angela Trixl for the swimming lessons!


Stage 1 - Vineyard Villa Garden!

Posted 31/01/19

Check out how stage one of the Vineyard Villa Garden is looking! 


Mary Poppins, Burgers and Ice Cream Sundaes

Posted 30/01/19

Mary Poppins, Burgers and Ice Cream Sundaes - best idea for a hot day like today!


Our Dogs Do Doggy Boot-camp!

Posted 22/01/19

The dogs all were very indulgent over the Christmas break, so today was the first day of doggy boot-camp!


Merry Christmas from us to you!

Posted 25/12/18


Welcome to the family Panda!

Posted 14/12/18

Val's new Shitzu puppy.


Friends from Huapai School treated us today!

Posted 14/12/18

Our awesome friends from Huapai school treated us to Christmas songs today! Gary, Elvis and Summer joined in the fun too!


It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas!

Posted 06/12/18


Gary, Elvis and Summer are Back!

Posted 03/12/18

Gary, Elvis and Summer are back with us finally.  Thank you to Angela for looking after them so well.  Now it’s time for a wash!


It's almost here .. Residents Christmas Party!

Posted 01/12/18

The Residents Christmas party is the 15th December!  11am – 3pm with Tina Cross performing and one other special act.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!!


Our girls, Diwali Festival Celebrations!

Posted 08/11/2018


Kumeu Village Represents at Golf Fundraiser!

Posted 02/11/2018

Kumeu Village Rest Home representing at the Annual Riverhead School Golf Fundraiser!


The Ladies of the Villa Getting Prepared for the Glorious Summer Ahead!

Posted 25/10/2018

 

 


A Kumeu Village Xmas 2018

Posted 24/10/2018

Save the date for our Annual Family Christmas Party! 

Kumeu Village Rest Home Xmas on Saturday 15 December, 11 - 3pm.  

More details to come... 


High Tea Sundays!

Posted 21/10/18 

Helen and Maree preparing High Tea Sundays for everyone.


Vineyard Villa Baking ... 

Posted 09/10/18

Vineyard villa baking today ... Bethany and Trish


Ready for Summer!

Posted 09/10/18

Pergola looking beautiful .. ready for summer!


Star Housekeeper Wins Bronze at Asia Pacific Masters Games!

Posted 04/10/18

We are so lucky to have such wonderful and talented people working at Kumeu Village.

Regina, one of our star housekeepers, recently returned from the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Penang, Malaysia where she won a bronze medal in the Women’s Double and Mixed Double, as well as a medal in the opening ceremony 5km run!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Its a Lollie Cake Kind of Day Today! 

Posted 04/10/18


A Very Happy 90th Birthday to Ilma! 

Posted 03/10/18

Happy 90th Birthday Ilma! We love you! 


Getting the Pool Ready for Summer!

Our hydrotherapy pool getting it’s final coat of new paint from Greg and Matt, ready for summer!


Daily Vegetarian Special!

Posted 01/10/2018

Marie’s daily vegetarian special, eggplant mozzarella and tomato pizza. Delicious!


We do love a good picnic!

Posted 30/09/18

Never mind the weather. We love a picnic!


Our mini-animal helpers!

Posted 29/09/18

Our mini-animal helpers love taking the bunnies around for visits.


Master-Gardener!

Posted 28/09/18 

Master-gardener Colleen helping to plant trees in time for the warmer weather!


Making Music!

Posted 07/09/18

We had some gorgeous little visitors the other day who came to make music with us!


Thank you to St Chad's Church for these beautiful pumpkins!

Posted 07/09/18

Thank you so much to St Chad’s Church for dropping off these beautiful pumpkins to us – they made the best pumpkin soup, after Marie dressed them up ofcourse!  

 


Our Cook the Artist ... !

Posted 07/09/18

Our Cook/Artist Helen has been inundated with requests for her paintings, so lucky for us she has painted some special ones that are for sale in our Reception!


Congratulations to the Winning Team, Kumeu Village!

Posted 06/09/18

Just back from a bowls tournament against Tasman Bupa.
Congratulations to the winning team, Kumeu Village!
  


New mobility van has arrived!

Posted 06/09/18

Our new mobility van arrived yesterday ... takes two wheelchairs and 8 seats!

Bunny Update

Posted 31/08/2018

Bunny Update: The three bunnies from our first litter are doing really well and are enjoying their new home and little visitors. The proud parents welcomed another litter of six bunnies last week to their family!  

 


Lemonade for all!

Posted 29/08/2018

Vicki wondering what to do with all these lemons that were dropped off by a kind family member! Helen had a great idea, fresh lemonade for all!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


“It’s raining! Let us in!!”

Posted 29/08/2018


Manuka Primary School Kapa Haka Group Perform for us!

Posted 29/08/18

The incredibly talented kids of the Manuka Primary School Kapa Haka Group visited us and performed 5 waiata for our Residents.

Thank you to Helyn and her daughter Deborah for organising such a wonderful performance!

  


A Donut a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Posted 22/08/18 

Our homemade donuts were a hit! 


Exciting Assortment for our cafe!

Posted 17/08/18

Delana will be in tomorrow morning making a new and exciting assortment of sugar free, gluten free, keto delights for our café!


Little Helpers for the Day!

Posted: 15 August 2018

Teachers being on strike means that we get cute little helpers for the day!


What a wonderful surprise!

Posted 03/08/18

Our Flemish Giant Rabbits Peter and Lola have given birth to four baby bunnies. Angela and Leeane have done such a wonderful job already helping to keep them healthy and they will be visiting all the Residents when they are a bit bigger.


Big Thank you to LIFE NZ...

Posted 03/08/18

Thank you so much to the wonderful people at LIFE NZ for delivering cookies for all of our hard-working staff! 


Lovely Blooms' Available!

Posted 01/08/18

We are now selling new local florist The Lovely Blooms' bouquets of beautiful fresh flowers from our café.

There will be different blooms each week and they will range in size/price from $25-$40.

If you would like to order flowers to be delivered to your loved one's room, email janneke@kumeuvillage.co.nz  and we will organise this for you.

We love the joy that flowers bring and are excited to be supporting a new local business.


The Vineyard Villa is NOW OPEN

Posted 24/7/2018

It is with great pleasure we announce, The Vineyard Villa is now open.  A big thank you to everyone that both helped and attended the recent opening day, it was a huge success!  

'Nestled in the heart of Kumeu wine country, overlooking Kumeu River Winery and surrounded by picturesque grounds, Kumeu Village is a rest home with a difference.

The Vineyard Villa is set on two acres of grounds nestled with a backdrop of beautiful vineyards, a farm yard, outdoor dining, entertaining area and much more.'

A New Model of Dementia Care

The Luxury Rest Home Hospital Dementia Care Wellness Centre and Vineyard Villa is a luxury 15 bedroom unique home designed and built for Elders living with dementia, run using Eden Alternative principles, together with the latest interventions in clinical and dementia-specific care.  Read More ...  


Spellbound

Posted 10/7/2018

Sunday 22nd July 1.30pm, High Tea and … 

The all new "Razzle Dazzle" show that is Debbie Dorday and Jim Joll. 

Over 50 fabulous costumes, hilarious comedy and great music in a fun 2 hour show, guaranteed to keep you laughing and singing from start to finish.

Tickets available at reception from Georgia. 

 


Vineyard Villa Official Opening

Posted 23/5/2018

We would love to have you join us for the opening of the Vineyard Villa!

On Friday 29th June, we will be opening the doors of our villa and would love for you to join us for refreshments, including a range of delightful foods for you to sample, especially made by our wonderful cooks, and ribbon cutting ceremony by our Residents (time to be announced).

Please feel free to come any time between 10.30am and 6.30pm. We will be so happy to show you around and explain the new model of care that we will be offering in the Villa for Elders living with Dementia. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, or are unable to make it to the opening but would like to schedule another time to look at the Villa, please contact Belinda on 021 412 242 or Dayna on 021 185 0143.

The Vineyard Villa is set to open officially for Residents to move in on July 2nd.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: 507 State Highway 16, Kumeu (Parking by main building or on road)

*Kid and Pet Friendly

Sneak peek of Vineyard Villa progress below!

 

Our Animals are TV Stars!

Posted 14/5/2018

Check out our awesome Animal Team starring alongside our Residents and some cute family members on an episode of the new kids TV show Fanimals!

Fast forward to 3:50 to see them at work (and to see Pluto up to his usual tricks!)



 


Kumeu Village Presents at the Eden Alternative Conference

Posted 7/5/2018

Over the weekend, Dayna and Georgia attended the 9th Eden Alternative International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. They met with and learnt a lot from Eden Homes from all over the globe and they presented a one-hour workshop on Kumeu Village's Fitness Program.

We will be sharing the presentation with everyone very soon!


Our SciFit Trainer has arrived!

Posted 5/3/2018

When Belinda and Dayna visited the Ageing Asia Innovation Conference they found the most amazing piece of gym equipment - the SciFit Lateral Stability Trainer.

It is specially designed for Elders and those recovering from injury to strengthen stabilization muscles and build confidence, and can be used as part of our falls prevention programme.

Some of our Residents have been working with Georgia to incorporate the Trainer into their fitness programme and are already feeling so much better on their feet!


The Pergola is Open!

Posted 14/12/2017

On Thursday we had the Grand Opening for our highly anticipated Pergola. 

We were lucky enough to have Ed cut the ribbon and an afternoon tea of bubbles and treats!

 

Tina Cross will be performing at this year's Christmas Party!

Posted 1/11/2017

On Saturday the 16th of December we will be throwing our annual Christmas Party for our Staff and Residents and their families.

Starting from 11.30am onwards, we will be having a Christmas Roast with all the trimmings and dessert. Please BYO drinks.

The incredible Tina Cross will be performing from 12pm - 2pm. 

Residents are welcome to bring two guests each at no cost, and a third guest at a cost of $15. Due to numbers, unfortunately we can only accomodate this number of guests per Resident. 

Please RSVP to Georgia at Reception on 412 9112 or to georgia@kumeuvillage.co.nz by Friday 8th December. 

Seating is limited, be in quick so you don't miss out!


A Beautiful New Area is Taking Shape!

Posted 12/10/2017

Another project that we have been working on at Kumeu Village is the construction of an exquisite new Pergola that will take up the space in the Rest Home/Hospital Courtyard. 

The design of the Pergola has been inspired by the Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney. It will be a big, covered, accessible space for Residents, Staff, Families and Friends to use all year-round. As well as a space for functions and parties (which we love to have around here!). 

We are planning for the Pergola to be completed before our Annual Christmas Party this year so that it can be enjoyed by all. 

 


Vineyard Villa - Construction has started!
Posted 12/10/2017

It's official! Ground has been broken and construction has started on our Vineyard Villa! We will keep you updated with the progress and all of the exciting plans we have in store via our Facebook page.

Week 1 (02.05.2017):




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 (27.07.2017):

 

Week 23 (12.10.2017):
 

 


Mid-Winter Christmas

Posted 22/7/2017

Thank you to all who attended our annual Mid-Winter Christmas lunch! The weather outside was frightful, but the day we had was delightful!

Visit our Facebook page for more photos!

 

 

 


New addition to our Animal Therapy Program

Posted 21/6/2017

We have seen how much joy animals and pets give to our Residents and so wanted to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to have companionship with a furry friend.

Although we have many 'real' animals living with and visiting our Residents, we had been hearing more about robotic animals being used as a therapy pets, especially for Residents living with dementia when they may be anxious or upset. 

The Ginger cat that we have introduced into our home responds to touch, meows, purrs, lifts its paw and rolls on its back. Our Residents are loving this new addition, the main response being "this is great, you don't need to feed it"! 

Click here to read an article by the New York Times about the introduction of these cats to a home in the US. 

We are excited to keep seeing our new friend put a smile on our Residents' faces. Karen is already smitten!