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A busy start to the year

April 10, 2018 April 2018 No Comments

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go.

Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents in Wharekaka grounds which was enjoyed by all and a great start to the year. Thanks to all involved. Residents enjoyed a BBQ under the trees and watched the Cycle racing go by. Lionel Parkinson’s great nephew taking many of the prizes made it all the more exciting.

Thanks to Paul Hocking for the generous donation of a TV for the residents and the team at Neighbourhood Café for the lovely scones for our residents’ morning teas and Connor from Pain and Kershaw for the delicious goodies you donate to our home.  These along with the donations of surplus garden produce from Martinborough residents is truly appreciated.

Wharekaka was sad to farewell both Toni Pyl and Bruce Johns who passed away recently and Jan MacTaggart who moved to Australia to be closer to family.

We have welcomed some new faces in our Villas.  Bill and Catherine Cox, Heather Draper and Jim Doohan have become a part of our larger Wharekaka family.

Residents are encouraged to join in our weekly activities of Pilates, Tai Chi, Bowls and Crosswords.  Arbor House and Roseneath Lifecare have recently joined us for afternoon tea and entertainment by Lance Naysmith.  These visits are always enjoyed as old friendships are rekindled and fun is had by all.

We welcome two new staff members covering relief cook and cleaning/caregiving duties.

Sadly, we farewell our Clinical Nurse Manager, Maxine Nielsen on 23rd February.  Maxine has been at Wharekaka for four years and was a driving force behind the introduction of Hospital Care.  She will be missed by residents and staff.

Liz Hertzberg has been appointed as Acting Clinical Nurse Manager, until a permanent appointment is made.  Liz has been a Registered Nurse at Wharekaka since July 2017.

Currently we have staff vacancies for  a Clinical Nurse Manager and Registered Nurse.  Should you be interested in either of these positions please do not hesitate to contact the General Manager, Corlette Doherty on 06 30 69781 or email – manager@wharekaka.org . If you haven’t yet had a look – check out our new website www.wharekaka.co.nz.

Wharekaka has two rooms available for immediate occupation.  We also provide a day care program Monday-Friday, which includes a delicious midday meal.  Exercise classes, bowls, entertainment, singing and housie to name a few of the fun activities you can join in.

Another service we provide is Meals on Wheels into the local community and Featherston township.

If you are interested in discussing the variety of care options or services we provide at Wharekaka please contact Corlette Doherty, General Manager on 06 3 06 9781 or email – manager@wharekaka.org.

Photo caption: Residents had front row seats to watch the cycle race

Highlight: Thanks to Peter Hocking for the donation of a TV, the team at Neighbourhood Café for the lovely scones for our residents’ morning teas and Connor from Pain and Kershaw for the delicious goodies you donate to our home.


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