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‘Living well, ageing well’ #2: Decide to live a happy life

In our last article, HBH Senior Living CEO, Bonnie Robinson, talked about the importance of maintaining a good attitude as you age. In this issue, we meet someone who knows…

Creating Eden: how the Eden Alternative came about

The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of care that aims to transform residential care by addressing the ‘three plagues’ of aging: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. The philosophy was founded by...

Update on the HBH Eden journey

Many of you will have seen Juliette Tuckey at HBH during the past few months, often with Coco the dog hot on her heels! Juliette has joined the team to…

The first year anniversary for Stevenson Village

It has been a year since HBH purchased Stevenson Village and the community is going from strength to strength. Helen Parkinson, the social co-ordinator, visits each week and spends time with the residents.

Congratulations to our long-serving staff

One of the wonderful things about HBH Senior Living is the length of service of so many of our staff. In this issue, we celebrate the 2018 work anniversaries of…

A lot of love goes into HBH’s laundry service

In this occasional series, we look at different jobs within HBH and what they involve. This month, we focus on our friendly, hard-working laundry staff – Marie Palma, Colleen Hill…

Café mornings popular at 139 on Union

A new café is becoming a must-go destination for residents, friends and families of 139 on Union, HBH Senior Living’s independent apartments.

‘Living well, ageing well’ #1: The power of attitude

Enjoying old age takes good planning, good support and a great attitude, says HBH Senior Living CEO, Bonnie Robinson. Bonnie believes it’s important to plan ahead, not just for the…

Beating the winter blues

The team who run the HBH activities programme are an energetic bunch who keep residents active and involved throughout the week. Last week they organised a blue-themed day as a…

A very special role for a very special lady

A social worker for the last 18 years at HBH Senior Living, Jenny Moore has a crucial role as the link between the local community and HBH. She’s the first…

Porridge, bananas & ice cream – the recipe for a long life?

Rhys Runciman reckons the secret to living a long and happy life is simple: a daily dose of porridge, banana and ice cream. And having just turned 102, we think…

Final two Eden Alternative principles underway

The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of care that aims to put the needs of older people at the centre of everything we do. The goal is to ‘de-institutionalise’ aged…

A special visit from some feathered friends

On Friday April 20th, a group of volunteers from the Auckland Metro Bird Club created a very special ‘bird show and tell’ morning for our residents. They brought along a…

Great turnout for Virtual Village information morning

On Friday May 11th, HBH Senior Living and East Health Trust held an information morning so that interested locals could learn more about our Virtual Village initiative. HBH Senior Living…

The busy life of a CEO…

In this occasional series, we look at different jobs within HBH and what they involve. This month, we look at the busy and diverse role of Bonnie Robinson, our CEO….

HBH volunteers nominated for awards

At HBH Senior Living, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our wonderful, hard-working volunteers. So we’re thrilled that several of our volunteers have been nominated for…

A warm welcome to Jejson Jose

Meet Jejson Jose, our new Quality Manager. Jejson joined HBH in December, following a year working in a similar role at the Selwyn Foundation. A trained Registered Nurse, Jejson’s new…

A fond farewell to Lyn Ramsay

After 30 years working across many roles at HBH Senior Living, Quality Manager Lyn Ramsay has embarked on her next exciting role – retirement! Lyn started working part-time at HBH…

Gracedale: a welcome addition to the family

Gracedale is a 36-bed facility owned by Grace Trust, a private trust with strong links to the local Church of Christ congregation. In early 2017, representatives from Gracedale’s Board approached…

A big Christmas ‘thank you’ to our volunteers!

HBH Senior Living has over 130 volunteers who play a crucial role in the wellbeing of residents and assisting staff to provide exceptional care. Their contribution is always hugely appreciated…

Virtual Village is virtually a go

The ‘virtual village’ initiative outlined in the last issue of The Beacon is progressing well and we are seeking feedback from the Howick community to find out whether a Village…

Best of both worlds for apartment residents

The days are full and varied for the residents of HBH Senior Living’s independent apartments. A recent foray into line dancing was just one of the many activities initiated by…

Introducing Sharon, caregiver and all-round great person

Our wonderful caregivers help our residents with most aspects of daily life, from getting up and dressed for breakfast, to stopping for a chat or spending one-on-one time with them….

Hungry for food or company? Come to Milly’s cafe

Introducing Milly’s cafe, a fantastic new initiative from staff member, Milly Pearce. After working in the household team for five years, Milly recently came up with the idea of creating…

Caregiver Celebrates 40 Years at HBH Senior Living

Hillary Payne can never forget 1977. It was the year Star Wars hit the screens worldwide and Apple launched its first personal computer. But the then 16 year old was…

A Bellyful of help

Bellyful is a local charity for new mums that provides meals for families with new-borns or young children who are struggling with illness. Our Rest Home residents provided much needed…

40 years young … and still going strong!

This month, HBH Senior Living celebrates 40 years since the doors of Howick Baptist Home and Hospital (as it was then known) were first opened in 1977. A great deal…

A new lease of life for Stevenson Village

In 2017, HBH Senior Living took over Stevenson Village, a 36-unit retirement village in Howick that provides affordable, social housing for older people. Built in 1975 by Sir William and…

Day Programme Audit

All HBH’s services are audited by the DHBs or Ministry of Health on a regular 3 to 4 yearly cycle. In June HBH’s Day Programme was audited. The results were…

Appreciating the culture of our Chinese community

HBH staff recently took part in a cultural training session that focused on our Chinese community. With a growing Chinese population in Howick, we are keen to foster strong links…

A virtual village for Howick

If you walk down the corridor in the Rest Home right now you will see a sign on the spare office door which says “Hive HQ”. Until February this office…

Rocco gives HBH the paws up

Meet Rocco the cat, a relatively new resident at HBH. Rocco previously lived in a house next door and used to visit HBH on a regular basis. He loved it…

New tenant for old home support building

From the beginning of October you will notice some new things happening in the old home support building across the driveway at HBH. Tranquillity Mind and Body has leased the…

HBH Senior Living rescues social housing village

The latest edition of INsite Magazine featured an article about HBH Senior Living’s purchase of Stevenson Village. Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full story here. “Homelessness…

Apartment living – all care, no worries.

We’re often asked what it’s like living at HBH Senior Living so we thought we’d ask our residents to share their own experiences. We talked to some of the members…

Auckland Metro Bird Club

On Thursday 13th April Vince Huston and myself ran one of the Auckland Metro Bird Club’s pet bird care meetings with members of HBH Senior Living. The aim of this…

Passionate volunteers a big part of the HBH family

HBH Senior Living has a large number of volunteers who donate their time to help care for our residents and clients. Our Day Programme has a roster of around 12 regular…

Eden Alternative – Two to Go

As you are aware HBH Senior Living is an Eden Alternative Registered facility. The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of care that identifies the major problems faced by older people…

Playlist for life

Hi there, my name is Jo. My mum Wendy has had dementia now for 11 years. Music has always been Mum’s “thing”. As a child and young adult Mum loved…

Silver Rainbow training for HBH Senior Living

On Wednesday 1st March, 20 staff from HBH Senior living, including the CEO, manager, nurses, and caregivers participated in an afternoons training  on cultural diversity and safety for the Rainbow Community…

HBH Senior Living welcomes the Nihon Daycare Centre from Japan

At the end of January, HBH Senior Living hosted a delegation from Nihon Daycare Centre in Japan, a provider of day programmes for children and older people. Due to changes…

Just do it – make decisions in time to enjoy them

If you are contemplating a move to a Village or Care what information do you need, how do you make that decision and when? Recently we decided to re-vamp our…

HBH Senior Living buys Stevenson Village

Monday 19th December 2016 Media Release HBH Senior Living (formerly called Howick Baptist Healthcare) has purchased Stevenson Village, a 36 unit complex providing low cost housing for older people. The…

Our wonderful Open Day

On Sunday 20 November we opened our doors to the community. Along with a craft sale, secondhand book sale and sausage sizzle, we gave tours of the facilities and talks…

Medi-Map 

A new electronic medication tool is improving the way HBH Senior Living nurses administer medication. Medi-Map was implemented throughout HBH Senior Living early this year and has rapidly increased efficiency in medicine…

Domains of Wellbeing

As part of our Eden work towards Principle 7 you will be seeing Domains of Wellbeing posters popping up in residents’ rooms. A question that has long challenged those of us…

Laughter and camaraderie

Walk through Sale Community and you’ll discover warm, welcoming spaces full of conversation, friendship and good humour. Sale is home to 27 residents and a range of staff including registered and…

When residential care is a change for the good

I was passing the gathering area outside the Rest Home dining room yesterday afternoon. As I approached I could hear laughter – and cheeping…

Minimising medication to optimise wellbeing

Every month at HBH a dedicated team gets together to undertake a medication review. Director of Nursing, Chris Dunlop, leads the review and is accompanied by the General Practitioners, Pharmacist…

Hot off the press – another four Eden principles achieved!

We’re delighted to announce that HBH was awarded another four Eden principles on June 1st. The Eden Alternative is a culture change that encourages and enables care facilities to move…

Do you have a waiting list?

This is the question we get asked a lot at HBH as people look for a care facility. Average occupancy (number of residents compared to number of bedrooms available) in…

Activities encourage participation and engagement

This month we profile the HBH team responsible for facilitating residents’ activities. HBH Registered Occupational Therapist Carol Turner leads a team of seven, who facilitate a range of activities for…

Mandy thinks HBH is just purrrfect

The Sale Community has recently welcomed a new resident, Mandy, a six-year-old ginger cat. Mandy moved to HBH when her previous owner went into residential care in another facility and…

Deck the Halls

Once again, Christmas was a significant celebration at HBH this year. Decorations abounded, with volunteers from the local Rotary club helping to set up and decorate

HBH Lights up for Diwali

The first week of November last year was full of colour, music and dancing at HBH with the annual Diwali celebrations. Hospital caregiver, Yogi Archer and a team of staff,…

Eden Update

HBH continues on its Eden journey. This year HBH will be going for another three Eden Principles with the Eden Visit (audit) scheduled for the 1st of June. The three…

For a Brighter View

A number of hospital residents at HBH Senior Living Care and Village in Howick were grateful to receive eight murals designed and painted by local students to brighten the view from their bedroom windows.

DHB Nursing Award

Congratulations to Chris, HBH’s Director of Nursing. Chris was awarded the Counties Manukau DHB award for services to residential care.

HBH Volunteers Add Colour

From arranging fresh flowers, running bingo sessions and Happy Hour to painting vibrant murals, our HBH volunteers add colour in a variety of ways to the lives of our residents. Their help was recognised recently with a wine and cheese party to coincide with nationwide Volunteer Week celebrations.

Audit Results Confirmed

Four more years of excellent care. Our audit results were tentative when our last Beacon was published, but we’re thrilled to now say HBH has received four years certification – the highest level available.

Eden Alternative

Welcoming spontaneity and empowerment. As you know, HBH is working towards becoming an Eden Alternative facility. The Eden Alternative approach to residential care seeks

All Aboard HBH

There is a special story behind the names of our units that highlights the pioneering history of Howick. As early settlers began arriving in New Zealand, Governor Grey requested a military force from Britain to help calm unrest.