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Activities at The Beach House

At The Beach House, we cherish every opportunity to bring joy and happiness to our residents and create a sense of community. One recent highlight for our residents has been regular visits from our kind neighbour Robyn, and her beloved dog Bonnie.

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A guide to supporting someone living with Dementia

Dementia is a challenging condition that can deeply affect both individuals diagnosed with it and their loved ones. Caring for someone with dementia requires patience, understanding, and specialised care.

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Announcement: The Beach House opens!

We are pleased to announce that our secure dementia rest home The Beach House is now open and ready to accept residents requiring dementia level of care, having completed our recent renovations.

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Welcome to The Manor

Visit The Manor to see for yourself how our experienced and compassionate staff provide exceptional assisted living services and private hospital care for the older community.

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The Villa for Dementia Care

Dementia is a challenging condition that can deeply affect both individuals diagnosed with it and their loved ones. Caring for someone with dementia requires patience, understanding, and specialised care.

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The Cottage by Ambridge Rose

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an emotionally demanding and challenging journey. It requires a safe and nurturing environment that understands the unique needs of individuals living with dementia.

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Ambridge Rose to welcome new rest home facility

Ambridge Rose Group is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new facility which will soon join their existing aged care offerings across East Auckland. Bucklands Beach Rest Home will officially join Ambridge Rose Group on 21 November 2023, when the new ownership is transferred.

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Marmalade morning at The Cottage

At The Cottage, we were lucky enough to receive a box of delicious grapefruit from local community member Melanie Whittle. A batch of Marmalade was on the cards!

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Milal Missionary choir visits Ambridge Rose

We recently had the privilege from the New Zealand Milal Missionary Choir Group to come and perform their beautiful traditional dance and music for our lovely residents.

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Aged Care Conference wrap up

On 16th August, Brian and I attended the three-day New Zealand Aged Care Conference in Wellington, at the newly opened Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Choosing the right Aged Care

Choosing the right aged care for your parent is a very difficult and important decision. We understand that you want to ensure they receive the very best care possible. As a trusted leader in Aged Care, we at Ambridge Rose can help you navigate this challenge.

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Compassionate end-of-life care

At Ambridge Rose, we know end-of-life can bring up many emotions, many of which can be difficult and challenging to discuss. That’s why our team focuses on ensuring every resident is treated with the upmost compassion, respect, empathy and dignity as they approach this stage.

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Pet on tour at Ambridge Rose

At last the regular visits from superbly well-trained animals that come for a wander through Ambridge Rose, are back on the activity calendar. At The Manor by Ambridge Rose Loki is popular pooch who quietly makes his way around everyone who is keen to give him a pat. His St [...]

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Ambridge Rose tool hunt

Visiting an everyday place that that is old but has become new again is great fun for the residents at The Villa. The diversional therapist, Diana, plans experiences that are interesting for everyone and sparks some cheeky antics and conversations. On a sunny day the Ambridge Rose van was loaded [...]

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Our Ambridge Rose Family to Yours

The start to 2023 has been busy and we continue to work our way through challenges that impact on aged care providers. We continue to join forces with the New Zealand Aged Care Association in the negotiations to achieve pay parity for nursing staff working in community facilities, such as [...]

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A Middle Eastern Experience

When an opportunity comes along to experience life in a completely different country, some of us will jump at it, while others prefer to stick with what they know. For Reg at The Manor by Ambridge Rose it wasn’t a difficult decision to go to United Arab Emirates (UAE) because [...]

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Ambridge Rose Families Living with Dementia

For the past three months, families who have a loved one living with dementia at Ambridge Rose have come together to support and learn from one another. Staff at Ambridge Rose understand how difficult it is for people when they have looked after their family member, and the time comes [...]

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Ben Rocks at Ambridge Rose

Something magical happens when our friendly entertainer pops into The Cottage for a sing-along. Ben the music man knows all the old tunes that draw everyone into the lounge for an hour of fun. He has visited Ambridge Rose for more than three years, and knows the songs that get [...]

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45 Years of Caring for People at Ambridge Rose

Congratulations and thank you to loyal staff members Natalie Blanckenberg, Kamal Kaur and Ronelie Clemente. Collectively they have contributed 45 years of care at Ambridge Rose, with each of them recently celebrating their 15-year anniversary. Natalie was a nurse in South Africa, and she was the first of the trio [...]

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How’s your luck?

When the bingo cards and milk bottle tops come out, a focused hush falls throughout the lounge at The Manor by Ambridge Rose. Residents play the game a couple of times a week and it brings in the punters who are eager to win a small treat. Often, healthcare staff [...]

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Men at work at Ambridge Rose

The men’s club at The Villa has taken on a new project that will develop throughout time into a masterpiece under Diana’s guidance. The Villa’s diversional therapist is not giving away any secrets but at the design concept stage – she mentioned the Ambridge Rose purple branding might have some [...]

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Cooking traditions at The Cottage

When pikelet making is on the calendar at Ambridge Rose, everyone is keen to get cooking. The kitchen team make the batter from scratch and the activities facilitator, Zarina, calls on healthcare assistants to help residents with cooking. Pikelets are a Kiwi tradition and many of the residents recall making [...]

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I remember when – International stage for classical ballerina

Being captivated by dance created an incredible opportunity for a young New Zealand woman that few could have imagined possible in post-war New Zealand. When Margaret, who now lives at The Manor by Ambridge Rose, was 10 years old she discovered classical ballet and became enthralled in the demanding discipline. [...]

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Ambridge Rose staff Christmas collection

The tradition continues at The Manor to collect much-needed food, books and toys during the lead up to Christmas. This year Ambridge Rose staff and visitors kindly donated items are needed more than ever by charities throughout the region. Thank you to all of you with big hearts that seem [...]

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Celebration

Family barbecues celebrate 20 years for Ambridge Rose

It feels like years since everyone could come together for a big social event at Ambridge Rose but at long last, we could send out the invites and fire up the barbecue. Families and friends at each home were treated to a sausage sizzle, vegetarian skewers and ice creams, and [...]

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Innovation

Innovations from Australia investigated for Ambridge Rose

In July 2022, co-owner Allan Sargeant attended the Information Technology Across Care 2022 (ITAC) conference that investigated technology for a sustainable care sector in Australia. It was an ideal opportunity to review Leecare Solutions newest app that includes clinical innovations such as 3D wound mapping and facial recognition that identifies [...]

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Time for tea at The Villa

Any occasion is a good one to bring out the good china, put in a request for cupcakes and come together with friends for some fancy fun. High teas are favourite on the calendar at Ambridge Rose and the 2022 Mother’s Day celebration at The Villa was a stunner. The [...]

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The Manor dances around the globe

Filling the lounge with music, dance and vibrant saris captivated the residents during an International Dance Festival at The Manor. Our activity assistant, Priyanka used her valuable event management skills to rally the staff and together they produced a diverse show that received smiles and applause. They warmed up the [...]

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Empowering others with music at Ambridge Rose

The power of music is undeniable, from connecting a group of strangers to stirring wonderful memories associated with a particular tune. Amrita at The Cottage has lived music, embracing it to break down barriers, boost the confidence of others and challenge stereotypes. Her husband, Martin, says: “Amrita has always been [...]

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Singing the old favourites at Ambridge Rose

When a karaoke session starts up at The Manor it always entices our music lovers to give their vocal cords a workout. The days of following the words on a big TV screen are long gone and now, the activity team uses a tablet that connects via Bluetooth to a [...]

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A woolly royal visits The Cottage

An adorable woolly visitor created pure joy when it arrived at The Cottage this summer. The sociable Valais Blacknose lamb, called Margrethe in honour of the Danish Queen, lured the residents outside and everyone was keen to cuddle, pat and feed the six-month old. Ken lives at The Cottage and [...]

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Getting lost in music at Ambridge Rose

When Velma grew up in an isolated Northland area, music was a wonderful way for her to keep herself entertained. She listened to her father play the mouth organ, which sparked her love of music and she was the only one of her siblings who was influenced by his musical [...]

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Open spaces and creative activities at Ambridge Rose

In October 2021 our new diversional therapist, Riya, joined the team at The Cottage and she coordinates the residents’ activities collaboratively with Zarina. From Sundays to Wednesdays Riya will be found organising anything from tea parties for the women to helping residents peel vegetables for dinner. She has worked in [...]

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A proud bloke tinkering at Ambridge Rose

A lifetime of being practical and fixing anything has led to a new activity at The Villa – tinkering. When Kip from The Villa was 10 years old his grandfather had a trucking business, and he pulled Kip out of school to drive a truck between Ōhaupō and Auckland. Kip’s [...]

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Restricted outings about to resume for Ambridge Rose residents

Dear residents, families and friends, With the Covid-19 Omicron variant spreading throughout New Zealand, the threat is still very high for our vulnerable residents and staff. We’ve been busy reviewing our procedures and want to reassure you we are taking all the necessary steps to keep it out of our [...]

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A few changes for visiting The Manor

Dear residents, families and friends As announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday, New Zealand moved to RED setting in the traffic light system (Covid Protection Framework) from Sunday 23 January, 2022. Due to Omicron being present in the community, our residents and staff are deemed to be at high [...]

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Allan Sargeant talks about Christmas visiting at The Manor

Did you see Allan interviewed by TV1 on Christmas Eve? “Christmas is a time for family. It’s tough, you know – we feel it. This could be the last Christmas that some of these residents have with their family and their loved ones and it’s important they share those times [...]

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Covid Protection Framework – The Villa by Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, Auckland will move to Orange Traffic Light System in the Covid Protection Framework from Thursday 30th December 2021. Although there is still “medium risk” of community spread, our residents and staff are still deemed to be at [...]

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Covid Protection Framework – The Manor by Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, Auckland will move to Orange Traffic Light System in the Covid Protection Framework from Thursday 30th December 2021. Although there is still “medium risk” of community spread, our residents and staff are still deemed to be at [...]

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Covid Protection Framework – The Cottage by Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, Auckland will move to Orange Traffic Light System in the Covid Protection Framework from Thursday 30th December 2021. Although there is still “medium risk” of community spread, our residents and staff are still deemed to be at [...]

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Reopening Ambridge Rose to fully vaccinated visitors only

Dear residents, families and friends As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, Auckland will finally come out of lockdown (level 3.2) and enter the new Covid Protection Framework from Friday 3rd December 2021 under the red traffic light system. After over 100 days of level 3 lockdown, we are [...]

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Covid level 3.2 – operating procedures at Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends As advised by the Prime Minister yesterday, Auckland will move down from alert level 3.3 to 3.2 from 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 9th November. Effectively, there is no change to our operating procedures as per the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Aged Care Associations issued [...]

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Covid alert level 3 – update

Dear residents, families and friends As advised by the Prime Minister yesterday, Auckland remains at level 3 for another two weeks with a further review on Monday 1st November 2021. The Ministry of Health has advised that all aged residential care facilities are to remain locked down as if we [...]

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Move to Covid level 3

Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister this afternoon, Auckland will move down to level 3 from 11.59pm tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September 2021 for two weeks, with a further review on Monday 4 October 2021. The Ministry of Health has advised that all aged residential care [...]

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Covid level 4 lockdown continues – no visitors

Dear residents, families and friends As advised by the Prime Minister this afternoon, Auckland remains in level 4 lockdown until 11.59pm Tuesday 31st August 2021, pending a further evaluation on Monday 30th August 2021. We understand that this extension to the lockdown may continue to cause a high degree of [...]

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Covid level 4 August 17

IMMEDIATE LOCKDOWN – NO VISITORS Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister tonight, Auckland has been placed in level 4 lockdown form 11.59pm tonight for the next 7 days. To support the well-being of our residents and staff, therefore effective immediately we have stopped all visitors [...]

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Thanks to a caring angel

There are many moments when residents show kindness to one another with gestures as simple as holding a hand or sharing a conversation about family, photos and memories. Shirley is a legendary caring angel who frequently finds ways to bring joy into the lives of her buddies at The Cottage. [...]

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Seasonal taste sensations

When the seasons change, so too does the menu for Ambridge Rose residents. The meals prepared in each home are overseen by our executive chef, Mike Jones, who sources as much fresh produce and meat from local suppliers, as well as Ambridge Rose’s gardens. With the shorter days, there is [...]

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Covid-19 vaccine at Ambridge Rose

Dear families, friends and residents, We have now been advised by the DHB of the date to start the vaccine process for our residents. The confirmed first dose is due to administered in teh week commencing May 31, 2021 The Manor: 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 2nd June 2021 At The [...]

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Celebrated a century on Christmas Day

When Martha was born in Rotterdam on Christmas Day, 1921 she must have been a special gift for her older sister and parents. Martha recalls her mother always did something special to celebrate her birthday, even though it fell on Christmas Day. She grew up in a city home with [...]

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Here chook chook

In March, our eagerly anticipated new residents arrived at The Villa and they are proving to be extremely popular with everyone. Three laying hens named Nibbles, Butter and Kentucky have made themselves at home in the backyard and they entertain residents, staff and visitors with their gentle nature and fossicking [...]

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Hello to the birds

A love for the garden and being outdoors continues to be a daily pleasure for Mary at The Cottage. Her husband, Cliff and daughter, Joanne kindly donated birdfeeders and a birdbath for the pleasure of all residents and the local birds enjoy them, too. Mary and Cliff have lived in [...]

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Covid-19 and influenza vaccine at Ambridge Rose

Dear residents and families, On 18th March 2021, we were advised by our industry association (New Zealand Aged Care Association) that the Ministry of Health (MoH) was prioritizing the aged care sector under group two to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and that it should take precedence over the influenza [...]

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Covid level 1 – Return to normal but must remain vigilant

Dear residents, families and friends, This morning the Prime Minister announced that from midday the alert level in Auckland returns back down to level 1. We can now return to normal but still must remain vigilant for our at-risk population. Once again, we can’t thank our fantastic staff enough, who [...]

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Ambridge Rose effectively operating at Covid level 3

Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister this afternoon, from 6am Sunday 7th March 2021 Auckland is moving back into level 2. The intention is to move back to level 1 on Saturday 13th March 2021, however this will be confirmed later next week. Thank you [...]

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Ambridge Rose level 4 lockdown until further notice

Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister last night, Auckland has been placed in level 3 lockdown from 6am Sunday 28 February for next seven days. To support the well-being of our residents and staff, we have made the decision to stop all visitors from entering [...]

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Covid-19 level 1 and visiting Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, This afternoon the Prime Minister announced that from midnight tonight the alert level in Auckland returns back down to level 1. We can now return to normal but still must remain vigilant for our at-risk population. Once again, we can’t thank our fantastic staff enough, [...]

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Technology magic during lockdown

Visitors are such an important part of daily life for residents and when New Zealand has been in lockdown and families couldn’t pop in for a chat – Ambridge Rose was quick to respond. Technology used by people all over the globe was introduced to Ambridge Rose and residents could [...]

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Changes to Covid-19 level and visiting Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister this afternoon, from midnight tonight we are moving back into level 2. Thank you for doing your part and assisting us keeping COVID-19 out of our facilities again, together we have been able to keep everyone safe. We know [...]

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Ambridge Rose level 4 lockdown until further notice

Dear residents, families and friends, As advised by the Prime Minister on February 14, 2021 Auckland was placed in level 3 lockdown from 11.59pm for the subsequent 72 hours. To support the well-being of our residents and staff, we have made the decision to stop all visitors from entering our [...]

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Stop bullying, show support at The Manor

The activity team at The Manor wanted to spread the love – showing the rest of our caregivers that a supportive team makes a big difference to everybody’s day. They jumped at the opportunity to join Pink Shirt Day, a multi-agency collaboration that celebrates diversity and encourages New Zealanders to [...]

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Community warmth delivered to The Manor

What a surprise when about 40 beautiful blankets were delivered to The Manor late in 2020. The brightly coloured blankets were crafted by the Knitting in Public Group of Howick and Botany and kindly donated to the residents to give them a snug addition to their rooms. Clinical manager Tee [...]

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Silver reflections at The Villa

The team at The Villa always enthusiastically gets stuck in when there is a job to be done and it is a great opportunity to learn more about the good old days. Our diversional therapist, Diana must have needed the silver polished and she brought in a few items for [...]

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Welcome back to level 1 at Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, While this is a great relief for many struggling businesses who can now return to normal, we still must remain vigilant for our at-risk population. Once again, we can’t thank our fantastic staff enough, who have done an amazing job looking after your loved ones [...]

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Covid-19 level 2 update at Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, Thank you for doing your part and assisting us keeping Covid-19 out of our facilities again. Together we have been able to keep everyone safe. We know how tough it has been on you and your loved ones. Keeping your distance hasn’t been easy, not [...]

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Vote for us in People’s Choice Westpac Business Awards 2020

We have entered the Westpac Business Awards to see how Ambridge Rose compares against South-East businesses in numerous industries. I’m delighted to formally announce that we have entered into the following categories: • Excellence in Customer Service • Excellence in Strategy & Planning • Employer of the Year We need [...]

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Covid-19 update at Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, The well-being of all our residents and staff is always our top priority. Aged residential care remains New Zealand’s most vulnerable group to contracting COVID-19 and we all have seen the devastation that happens when one person in a facility contracts this virus here and [...]

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COVID-19 UPDATE August 12, 2020

Dear family and friends, Late last night we were advised that there is now community spread of COVID-19 in Auckland. As devastating as this is for all of us, our immediate response to this is to protect our vulnerable residents and staff, therefore we have gone into complete lockdown with [...]

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Did someone say “Christmas?”

The Manor was full of Christmas carols on a winter’s day, with residents enjoying out-of-season festivities. So many of the Northern Hemisphere Christmas traditions, seem more appropriate during the winter rather than New Zealand’s summer celebration when it is hot in the kitchen. The party started with Christmas carols, prayer [...]

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Changes at The Villa

In 2018, we took ownership of a dementia care home, The Cottage and now we are well versed and skilled at caring for people living with dementia. After discussions with our advisors and Counties Manukau District Health Board, we agreed that there is insufficient dementia care in East Auckland, especially [...]

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Covid-19 New Zealand moves to level 1

Dear residents, families and friends, Welcome to level 1 New Zealand, and our new norm for a while. While this is a great relief for many business who can now return to normal, we must remain vigilant for our at risk population. Our staff have done an amazing job looking [...]

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Covid-19 Ambridge Rose update May 27, 2020

Hi everyone, A big thank you to all visitors who have adhered to the visiting criteria and have given kind compliments to our staff. The team has done an exceptional job during this pandemic and we would not have coped without their dedication to your loved ones. On Monday the [...]

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Covid-19 level 2 update, May 12 2020

Hi everyone Thank you for doing your part and assisting us keeping COVID-19 out of Ambridge Rose facilities, together we have been able to keep everyone safe. We know how tough it has been on you and your loved ones and keeping your distance hasn’t been easy with Easter and [...]

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Pre-Anzac Day Message April 24, 2020

Hi everyone As we come to the end of Level 4 restrictions and enter Level 3 on Tuesday April 28, 2020 a gradual return to work for many will be welcomed. While there are encouraging signs that we are on the path to some sort of normality, sadly that’s not [...]

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Ambridge Rose Covid-19 update April 21, 2020

Hi everyone, It is encouraging that we as a country have made great progress in the fight against Covid-19. Our residents and staff are remaining in their bubbles and are all doing well as level 4 lockdown continues. Thank you for all the kind emails and words of support, the [...]

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Ambridge Rose Rest Homes and Private Hospital COVID-19 update

Dear Families and Friends We trust you had an enjoyable Easter and are cherishing your family time locked within your bubble. We are saddened to hear that some New Zealanders have lost their lives due to COVID-19, especially those in rest homes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all [...]

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DO NOT come to Ambridge Rose

Dear residents, families and friends, Thank you for your support and understanding during this pandemic. It has been wonderful to receive so many kind words of thanks. My staff and your loved ones are very important to us, so please do your part and help us. As advised by the [...]

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Ambridge Rose Covid-19 update March 23, 2020

IMMEDIATE LOCKDOWN – NO VISITORS To support the well-being of our Residents and Staff, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to stop all visitors from entering our facilities as of March 23, 2020. The only exception to this will be the families of residents in palliative care or [...]

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Ambridge Rose Covid-19 UPDATE March 21, 2020

RESTRICTED ACCESS PROTOCOLS FOR AGED CARE FACILITIES Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hi everyone, Today, the Prime Minister addressed the nation to give an update on the current situation in New Zealand. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/pm-address-covid-19-update The Prime Minister outlined the four step process, with New Zealand now in Level 2. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/nation-steps-covid-19-alert-level-2 As part of [...]

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UPDATE March 17 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Visitors to Aged Care Homes

Hi everyone, As always the well-being of all our residents and staff is our top priority. The information we are receiving from the Ministry of Health and local District Health Boards for dealing with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily, if not hourly. The team at Ambridge Rose is meeting [...]

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Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus ) protection for Ambridge Rose

The well-being of all our residents and staff is always our top priority. As you are aware, recently the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. To keep your loved ones and our staff safe, we have been guided by the Ministry of Health and Counties Manukau [...]

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2020 upgrades at Ambridge Rose Private Hospital and Rest Homes

Welcome to my new monthly blog where my aim is to keep you updated on the happenings around Ambridge Rose and the forward planning that goes on behind the scenes. In 2019, we re-branded with our awesome new colours and purchased new vans that are used to take residents on [...]

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