Visiting Rest Homes in Christchurch
There are many types of rest homes in Christchurch, with options to suit all needs. For example, some rest homes are small (around 50 beds), some are large (150+ beds), and some offer specialised care, such as hospital care or dementia care. Visiting a few different rest homes is a great way to get a more accurate picture of the options available.
Types of Rest Homes in Christchurch
Christchurch is home to a wide range of rest homes. Most rest homes in Christchurch offer two room types: a standard single room or a larger premium room. Standard rooms usually include a bed, a television or an armchair, and some form of storage. Premium rooms tend to offer more space and may also include premium features such as an ensuite, better views, or easy access to gardens and other features. Different rest homes also provide different levels of care, including respite care, day care, hospital care, specialist dementia care, and more.
How to Search for Rest Homes in Christchurch
Village Guide makes it easy to search for and compare rest homes in Christchurch. Use the form at the top left of this page to filter rest homes by districts and suburbs. Another option is to complete our ‘Need Help Finding a Rest Home?’ form, which is located at the top right of this page. You can also search by rest home name, company, or operator if you have a specific rest home provider in mind.
How Much Do Christchurch Rest Homes Cost?
Rest homes vary in cost depending on a person’s needs, the
type of rest home, location, services, room types and more. Prices will also change depending on whether the person moving into the rest home is eligible for the Residential Care Subsidy.
The Residential Care Subsidy
The Residential Care Subsidy is designed to help people afford rest home care, subsidising the costs of long-term care. To determine eligibility, the person moving into a rest home will have their finances and assets assessed. This Needs Assessment will also determine the subsidy amount. This subsidy is paid directly to the rest home, reducing the costs the resident pays directly.
The Maximum Contribution is a cap on the amount a rest home can charge per week. The Maximum Contribution is set by the Ministry of Health based on the location of the rest home and a number of other factors. It's changed every year in July, but is currently $1,131.13 in Christchurch City [source: Gazette, March 2021]. It's important to note that this limit is for base features, meaning a resident will pay more if they choose a premium room or to receive premium services.