Raglanders probably need to reminded just how lucky we are that we have such a wonderful community asset on our doorstep.
Cherry McFarlane, newly appointed manager of Raglan’s Rest Home and Hospital, certainly believes this to be the case and is happy to sing hospital’s praises.
Cherry, who has a vast background in clinical and management, also has thirty five years as a registered nurse and fifteen years in aged care so she is well aware the importance of great staff when it comes to care for the elderly. “We pride ourselves on having a passion for our residents providing the ultimate in care” she asserts.
You only have to look at the history of this asset to understand it’s significance for the community.
Raglan Rest Home and Hospital has been a part of the Raglan community for a long time.
The building started its life as a Maternity Hospital when it was opened by the Honourable Mrs Hilda Ross in 1953.
The purpose of the facility changed to aged care managed by the Waikato District Health Board, who in time decided to close the facility as it was not viable.
At the time the local community felt very strongly that this icon should stay in Raglan, as it was considered an integral part of the community. After a well-attended public meeting the Raglan Trust was formed which purchased the facility and neighbouring land from the WDHB with donations from the community.
The present owners John and Shiny leased the facility from 1st of March 2006, then purchased the land and building four years ago.
It took a whole year to complete extensions of a new wing which included 7 rooms with ensuites, two lounges, new decking and a number of other changes. The new wing was opened on 15th March, 2014.
Additionally the staff and management have gone to some length to create a positive environment for the residents. “The facility has a lovely home like feel where activities are organised like shopping, games and exercises…… and we have a physiotherapist who visits weekly, ” Cherry confirmed.
Currently the facility has the capacity for 36 residents. The facility has been managed in the past years by Te Rangimarie Carter, who recently moved on to other challenges.
Visitors are always welcome and Cherry is keen to point out that anyone with spare time is welcome to become a volunteer at the facility.