Our memory care centres provide modern apartment style living with innovative design to create a world-class environment for people living with dementia. Coupled with our resident centric philosophy to improve the lives of people living with dementia our residents enjoy a welcoming atmosphere designed specifically for them.
We aim to help New Zealanders better understand dementia and to break down its stigma. We do this through an ongoing partnership with Dementia New Zealand, our Dementia Friendly accreditation, and collaborating in educational opportunities such as the New Zealand Herald series on dementia: Brain’s Trust: Combating Dementia
Our memory care centre was developed to enable people living with dementia to continue to lead active, positive lives in a safe and homely environment.
A circular design: creates a continuous corridor around our centres, so residents can move freely and securely. Unique design features such as wall murals help residents find their way around.
Apartment style living: Each apartment has a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a spacious living area and kitchenette. Many people living with dementia are still active and our apartments are generously sized, allowing freedom of movement and space for personal belongings.
Biophilic design: The memory care centre design creates a connection with nature, in keeping with the latest biophilic principles. This holistic approach has many proven health benefits including stress reduction, improved cognitive performance and enhanced mood.
Specialist dementia care and staff: Our dedicated, professionally trained staff provide tailored dementia care for residents. Staff work closely with residents and their families to understand and support them through the changes they will be experiencing.
Sensory room: the sensory room houses interactive activities creating a stimulating environment, encouraging residents to engage all their senses.
Outdoor courtyard: a stunning central courtyard with seating allows residents to move freely between indoors and outdoors.
Supporting technology: Monitoring technology is used through the centre. The sensors are linked to the nurse call system ensuring discreet monitoring of residents to ensure safety while retaining dignity. Call buttons are in each apartment and are monitored 24/7.
Award winning memory care
Summerset by the Ranges in Levin is home to our first-generation memory care centre. The Levin memory care centre’s design and approach was awarded the Aged Care Association’s Built and Grown Environment Award for exceptional design in 2017. We have further developed this for our second-generation memory care offering.
"The first thing we noticed was a lovely, light, bright, modern, clean and cared for facility. We saw residents engaged in meaningful and enjoyable activities and staff interacting with them. We heard music playing and sensed a calm atmosphere.
We heard staff welcoming us and dad, introducing themselves and, sensing our struggle as we left dad for the first time, you spoke with kindness and sincerity.
We want you all to know that what you do really does matter and makes such a difference. Not only to the residents, but to the families. We are very grateful. You are indeed special people."
Bowater family, Summerset’s Levin Memory Care Centre
Dementia Friendly Accreditation
Summerset’s dedication to dementia is evident, being one of the first retirement village operators in New Zealand to be officially recognised by Alzheimers New Zealand as a Dementia-friendly organisation.
This accreditation means our villages and organisation have met key standards focused on what people with dementia need now and in the future. Dementia friendly training is completed by all and we are really proud to help those with dementia get the best out of life.
Our Memory Care Apartments are secured by way of Licence to Occupy. In our Levin village we have a small number of Memory Care Rooms which are Non-Licence to Occupy, with an additional premium room charge of $38 per day. Please speak to our Care Centre Manager for full information on costs and subsidies available.