Hot on the heels of the opening of its new centre at Selwyn St Andrew’s village in Cambridge, the Selwyn Foundation has recently opened a new $14 million development at Selwyn Oaks village in Papakura.

The three-storey Lees Centre offers a range of leisure amenities for residents as well as 48 fully serviced residential aged care suites within an innovative ‘household’ setting. By having four 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’ functions like a home, where residents 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, Roland Phillips, says the layout supports the facility’s 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.”

The Selwyn Foundation is the first provider in New Zealand to 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. This participatory care philosophy has been shortlisted for the ‘Care Model Innovation of the Year’ category of the 2018 Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

“We’ve developed this following a review of the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision and service delivery, and then created our own unique version,” says Phillips. “In the Selwyn model, our residents direct us on what’s important for them, with our care team then formulating a personal and tailored care plan based on the person’s individual needs. 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.”

The Lees centre is named in recognition of the contribution of the late Ted and Rowley Lees to the establishment of Selwyn Oaks village.

Selwyn plans to open this year a two-storey 90-room care centre at Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier later this year.

Caption: Cutting the Ribbon: From left to right: Mr Ted Lees and Mrs Jan Wilcock (eldest children of the late Rowley and Ted Lees, respectively, whom the care centre is named after); Mrs Marjorie Foulkes (Ted and Rowley’s sister and a Selwyn Oaks’ resident); The Right Reverend Ross Bay (Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland) and Kay Hawk (Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Trust Board).


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