April 29, 2022
Older people with microphone

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 microphone and small speaker. The techie advances are all good, […]
April 27, 2022
Older people patting sheep

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 his daughter, Anette, says when he lived at their Whitford […]
April 25, 2022
Older woman with piano accordion

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 talent. Velma’s mum wanted to get a piano and when […]
April 22, 2022
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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 similar roles at other homes for older people and notices […]
April 20, 2022
Older man with carburettor

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 granddad didn’t drive so he propped up his young charge […]
February 10, 2022
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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 facilities and keep everyone safe. We have now received updated […]
January 25, 2022
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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 risk of contracting viruses even being fully vaccinated. Therefore we […]
January 19, 2022
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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 and be able to give family members a hug,” he […]
December 14, 2021

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 “high risk” of contracting viruses even being fully vaccinated, so we’ll continue to […]