An innovative new multi-purpose aged care and retirement centre has been opened at Selwyn Foundation’s St Andrew’s retirement village in Cambridge.

The new three-storey Moxon Centre offers a range of community leisure and social facilities on the ground floor including a café and dining area, outdoor BBQ, lounge, activity rooms, residents’ shop and hair salon. The second floor has fully serviced residential aged care suites and there are 11 one, two and three-bedroom independent living apartments located on the top floor.

The aged care suites follow Selwyn’s ‘household’ layout approach. The household format is a relatively new concept in the provision of residential aged care in New Zealand and based on international best practice. By having two small communities or ‘households’ of twelve residents, the care suites 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 will have their own room with ensuite, and share a spacious lounge with open-plan dining and kitchen area, leading to a large outdoor deck and seating.

Village Manager Rachael Hall, says the household layout supports their approach to care delivery.

“Our unique ‘care partnership’ approach provides holistic care planning focussed 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 and their overall wellbeing, and will enable residents to continue to take charge of their own lives, be empowered and heard by all their care partners.”

Hall says their residents direct staff on what’s important for them, forming the basis for a personalised care plan. The Moxon Centre will also offer a new participatory style of hospital-level care – one that’s based totally around residents’ individual needs and what they want out of life.

“The care team has a guiding role and will support the resident to make the best decisions about their own wellbeing and lifestyle within the care home,” says Hall.

Garry Smith, Rachael Hall, Dr Kay Hawk and Sir David Moxon

Selwyn Foundation’s Chief Executive Garry Smith says they’re extremely proud of the new development.

“The Moxon Centre will provide our residents with on-site residential care services for the first time ever, meaning they won’t need to move out of the village if their health or support needs change over time. It also offers exciting new social facilities for all our residents to enjoy and – new for Cambridge – retirement living in stylish, top floor apartments.”

“As New Zealand society ages and the health sector comes under increasing strain to meet the care needs of growing numbers of older people, this outstanding new facility – offering two households, each with 12 care suites – also represents an additional service option for the wider Cambridge community and increases the range of care choices that are available to older people and their families in the area.”

The $14 million Moxon Centre development has created 25 new jobs for the local community and is part of a broader $50 million investment programme that The Selwyn Foundation is undertaking, with new residential care centres also being developed at Selwyn Village and Selwyn Oaks in Auckland.

The Centre is named in recognition of Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM, former Anglican Bishop of Waikato and former Primate and Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Caption: Sir David Moxon and Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley open the new Moxon Centre at Selwyn’s St Andrew’s Village in Cambridge.




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