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Services offered
  • Palliative (End of Life)
  • Geriatric
  • Dementia care
  • Medical Hospital care
  • Rest home care
  • Respite Care

Service Information

This business is part of Presbyterian Support Otago.

Iona Home and Hospital is located in Oamaru offers rest home and hospital level care, with a secure dementia care unit totalling 79 beds.

The website for Iona Home and Hospital states that they have offered residential care for older people for more than 60 years. "The compassionate and experienced senior team consists of the manager and two unit nurse managers. Skilled clinical and caring staff are complemented with registered nurses, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician and chaplain. Activities staff and volunteers run an innovative programme six days a week."

Situated on Thames Highway in Oamaru, Iona Hospital is positioned in large park-like grounds, and is very much a part of the Oamaru community. Set back from the busy road, residents love to watch the world outside from the comfort of the lounges; an ideal place to spend time with visiting friends and family. With a comprehensive range of care options, Iona's spacious facilities and skilled staff ensure the highest quality of life for residents.

No. of Bed 79

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(Last Updated: 28th March 2024)

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DHB Audit Details

Further Rest Home Certification and Audits Information.

Southern District Health Board
Audit Certification period: 36 months (Good)
Certificate renewal date: 30th January, 2026
Auditor: Health and Disability Auditing New Zealand Limited
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Why we have Rest Home Audits

All rest homes and aged residential care facilities are certified and audited to ensure they:

  • provide safe, appropriate care for their residents
  • meet the standards set out in the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001.

Types of audit and when they happen

Certification / Surveillance Audits
Certification audits happen every 1–4 years. After the audit, rest homes are certified for a set period of time (the exact length depends on how well the rest home performed at the certification audit). Once this time is up, the rest home must be re-audited and its certification renewed.
An unannounced spot audit (also called a surveillance audit) happens around the middle of a rest home’s certification period. The spot audit ensures progress has been made on outstanding areas identified in the earlier certification audit and that standards haven’t slipped.
In addition to audits, rest homes have to report to their DHB on how they are addressing issues found at audit. These improvements are then verified at the next audit event.
Other types of audit
Provisional audits happen when a provider purchases a certified rest home from another provider.
Partial provisional audits happen when a provider wants to add services to their certificate (eg, a rest home adding hospital-level care), when a new rest home is built, or when a provider adds capacity or reconfigures their services (eg, builds a new wing, upgrades rooms). Before 2014, audits for adding capacity or reconfiguring services were referred to as verification audits.
Ministry inspections
Rest homes may have unannounced inspections by the Ministry under the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001 in the event of a serious complaint.
DHB issues-based audits
DHBs can conduct issues-based audits under the Aged Related Residential Care Contract. For information on these audits please contact the relevant DHB.