There are more than 10 rest homes in Whanganui. It’s a good idea to visit several rest homes in the area to get a sense of the options available, including the different levels of care they provide. Visiting rest homes in Whanganui is also a chance to meet both staff and residents and ask any questions you may have.
Most rest homes in Whanganui are mid-sized, meaning they have between 50 and 100 beds. There’s also a handful of small rest homes with fewer than 50 beds. There are no large rest homes (with more than 100 beds) in Whanganui listed on Village Guide.
Whether the rest home is small or mid-sized, there will usually be two types of rooms available: standard rooms or premium rooms. Standard rooms tend to have space for a single bed and a few small items of furniture, such as an armchair or television. Premium rooms tend to be more spacious and include a premium feature, such as an ensuite or garden access.
Some rest homes in Whanganui offer a full continuum of care, including specialist care such as dementia care or psychogeriatric care. Other rest homes only offer rest home level care or hospital level care.
You can use Village Guide to search for rest homes in Whanganui. Simply use the search functions at the top of this page to filter your results by suburb, level(s) of care, rest home size, and more.
Rest homes in Whanganui vary in cost. Pricing is largely based on the type of room a resident chooses – i.e. a premium room or standard room – as well as the level of care they need and their eligibility for the Residential Care Subsidy. Our rest home care resource page has more details about this subsidy, as well as how rest homes charge residents.
The Residential Care Subsidy is a government-funded subsidy that helps towards the cost of living in a rest home. It’s paid directly to the rest home operator. Eligibility for this subsidy is determined by a Needs Assessment as well as an assets and income test.
There is a cap on how much a rest home can charge a resident each week (excluding premium room charges and premium fees). This is called the Maximum Contribution and is set by the Ministry of Health. The Maximum Contribution for Whanganui is currently $1,105.37 [source: Gazette, June 2021]. NB: The Maximum Contribution is updated each year in July.
Around four rest homes in Whanganui currently provide dementia care. This is specialised care for people with all types of dementia (the most common type is Alzheimer’s Disease) as well as cognitive impairment. Dementia and cognitive conditions are progressive and differ widely from individual to individual, therefore dementia care is flexible by design. It can accommodate people with varying needs and symptoms.
A Needs Assessment will determine whether a resident needs dementia level care. Needs Assessments can be booked by contacting your local branch of NASC (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination).
The Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001 outlines strict standards for rest homes that offer dementia level care. All Whanganui rest homes that provide dementia care will be audited regularly to make sure they are following all the requirements.
You can search for Whanganui rest homes with dementia care on Village Guide. Underneath the green ‘search rest homes’ button at the top of this page, there’s a menu called ‘level of care’. Select dementia care to display all rest homes that provide this option.
A key cornerstone of dementia care is person-centred care. According to the New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care, person-centred care makes sure each resident is involved in their health care plan and that solutions are tailored to their preferences and backgrounds. When visiting rest homes in Whanganui, it’s a good idea to ask about their approach to person-centred care.
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