11
April
2017
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07:23
Australia/Melbourne

Bupa Parkstone's official opening celebration

Bupa expands Canterbury care services

Families, residents, Bupa employees, contractors who worked on the site, and members of the local community gathered to celebrate the opening of Bupa Parkstone Care Home and Retirement Village in Ilam, Christchurch.

Now home to 85 people, the care home has 102 beds with a mix of rest home, hospital and Bupa Short Stay services.

The retirement village currently has 80 residents with 88 apartments and more expected to be built in the future.

The first stage of Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village opened in October 2015, and the Care Home was completed in September 2016.

Managing Director of Bupa New Zealand and Global Chief Nurse Jan Adams said the new Bupa site was a wonderful addition to the community.

“There are many people who have been involved in getting this fantastic Care Home and Village to where it is today,” she said.

Parkstone is Bupa’s sixth site in Christchurch, and eighth in the Canterbury region.

Jan Adams thanked the wider Bupa team who were involved in the setup of the care home and village. 

“In 2016 we closed St Nicolas Care Home, and many of the residents here at Parkstone moved across from St Nicolas. This was an enormous team effort from many of our Christchurch-based people,” she said.

Approximately 150 people attended the celebrations with Councillor for Riccarton Ward Vicki Buck and Kaumatua Rev. Maurice Grey speaking at the event, and members of the Christchurch City Chorus entertaining the crowd with a wonderful a capella performance.

Students from Villa Maria College also attended and helped serve afternoon tea which was prepared by the Care Home’s kitchen.

Jan Adams said she hopes residents are enjoying the new facilities.

“To all of our residents, thank you for choosing us. I know that choosing a care home, or making the decision to move into a retirement village, can be a tough one, and I’m pleased to see that so many people have chosen Parkstone.”