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Selwyn Oaks opens section offering new participatory style of residential aged care

The Selwyn Foundation opened a new $14 million development offering residential aged care & retirement village amenities at Selwyn Oaks village in Papakura today.

The 3-storey Lees Centre will offer fully serviced residential aged care suites within an innovative ‘household’ setting, as well as an extensive range of leisure amenities for residents.

The 48 care suites have been developed according to the ‘household’ layout, a new concept in the provision of residential aged care in New Zealand based on international best practice.

Village manager Roland Phillips said: “By having 4 small communities or ‘households’ of 12 residents, the care suites will 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 have their own room with ensuite and share a spacious lounge with open-plan dining & kitchen area, leading to a large outdoor deck & seating.

“The layout is designed to support our new way of delivering care. Our unique ‘care partnership’ approach provides holistic care planning focused 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 & their overall wellbeing, and will enable residents to continue to take charge of their own lives, be empowered & heard by all their care partners.”

The Selwyn Foundation says it’s the first provider in New Zealand to offer this participatory style of hospital-level care – one that’s based totally around residents’ individual needs and what they want out of life.

Mr Phillips said: “We’ve developed this following a review of the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision & service delivery, and then created our own unique version. In the Selwyn model, our residents direct us on what’s important for them, with our care team then formulating a personal & 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 & lifestyle within the care home.”

The care suites are on the first & second floors of the Lees Centre, which also has a social hub on the ground floor for the whole village to enjoy.

“During the planning stage, we discussed with our residents what suggestions they had for the new building, so they could input into the process and contribute ideas on what they would like to see in terms of the community leisure & social amenities on the ground floor.

“The new amenities will include a café & dining area, lounge & activity rooms, a residents’ shop, hair salon & an outdoor barbecue space, as well as administration offices & an area designated for worship services, and will offer a warm & welcoming centre for group activities & social get-togethers.”

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

Attribution: Foundation release.

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Council votes Thursday on Selwyn partnership for old folks’ housing

Auckland Council’s governing body will vote on Thursday to enter a long-term partnership with the Selwyn Foundation for the management & operation of the council’s Housing for Older People (HfOP) service.

The council would hold 49% and the foundation 51% in a limited partnership. The joint venture would register as a class 1 landlord and become a community housing provider eligible to receive income-related rent subsidy funding.

Council-controlled Development Auckland Ltd (Panuku) would be delegated the task of implementing the council’s high level project plan.

The council has already resolved to establish a partnership to deliver these services, has agreed a series of objectives and has been working with Selwyn to progress business planning for the partnership.

The council has 1412 units at 62 sites in the north, south & west of the region, covering a total 26ha. Those housing assets will be leased to the joint venture for an initial period of 25 years at a peppercorn rent – with 3 rights of renewal, each for 25 years. The council will retain ownership of the portfolio land, subject to any proposed redevelopment & portfolio rationalisation.

Under the partnership proposal, the council will make financial provision in its 2017-18 annual plan & 2018-28 long-term plan to transfer budgeted funds to the joint venture for capital renewals and the establishment of a $20 million development funding facility, which Panuku would administered to support development & growth of the portfolio.

The council & Selwyn expect to have their joint venture operating by next March, though the council might continue to provide some services & contracts for a further interim period.

The council has set objectives to maintain at least the current level of housing for older people – the figure is at least 1452 units – and to increase the total number of units, subject to the availability of additional funding. It’s also set objectives to improve the quality of the current stock and, through intensification, to seek opportunities to help grow social housing.

The council agreed in June last year to seek partners to deliver the housing for older people services and endorsed Selwyn as its preferred partner in December. That model was assessed against retaining the status quo or selling or gifting the council portfolio to a community housing provider.

The medium- to long-term strategy is to develop sites identified for intensification. Need is expected to remain high in central Auckland and the outlying local board areas of Rodney, Hibiscus & Bays, Upper Harbour, Henderson-Massey, Howick, Manurewa, Papakura & Franklin.

Design features established in the model include:

  • an average size of about 45m2 for new units
  • up to 20% provision for couple units
  • apartment buildings with a maximum of 10 units/floor, a double-loaded corridor & a communal landing area
  • design for a maximum of 40 residents/block with parking, outdoor area & communal space (except for villages of fewer than 15 apartments)
  • tenant parking ratio of no less than 1:3 units, and
  • secure scooter parking near the front door.

The business planning has included an ongoing commitment to active & productive engagement and development of a working relationship with Maori, including mana whenua iwi & hapu and Maori residents & ratepayers.

The joint venture will have a role in giving effect to outcomes directed by the council’s Maori responsiveness framework, which includes recognition & protection of Maori rights & interests within Tamaki Makaurau and contributing to the needs & aspirations of Maori.

Council governing body agenda item & related documents, 25 August 2016:
11, Housing for older people: Partnership for the management & operation of the housing for older people service and adoption of the high level project plan
Council HfOP objectives June 2015
Proposed HfOP parnership structure
HfOP portfolio
HfOP strategic business case
HfOP HLPP version for council
HfOP design brief

Selwyn Foundation

Attribution: Council agenda.

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Williamson wants simpler retirement village disclosure statements

Published 18 June 2010

Building & Construction Minister Maurice Williamson said on Wednesday disclosure statements for retirement villages needed to be simplified to make them more useful for intending residents.


"Currently they carry a lot of complex information, and many are similar to a legal document in appearance & content. That can be confusing and doesn’t help intending residents to make informed decisions."


Mr Williamson made his comments after a 3-month consultation period on the style & content of disclosure statements. He said the fastest way to effect change was through education and helping operators to improve the presentation of their disclosure statements.


"Intending residents and their advocates clearly want the information provided in disclosure statements, but they want it to be in a form that is easy to understand. I have asked the Department of Building & Housing to work with operators to improve the structure & presentation of their disclosure statements."


Mr Williamson said he hadn’t ruled out a law change on the requirements of the Retirement Villages Act but first wanted to assess the impact of better information & support for operators.


Link: Disclosure statement submissions


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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Retirement villages draft code released

The Retirement Commission has produced a draft code of practice on running retirement villages and has called for submissions.

The code has been created under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. Among its provisions are meetings with the operator, complaints facility & termination of occupation right agreements.

Submissions close on Monday 7 March 2005.

The commission’s website has the draft code, the Retirement Villages Act & related information on its website. If  the link still isn’t up on the website’s home page, a search for retirement villages will find the relevant pages.

Website: Retirement Commission

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