About Us

Jim Haines and Alison Hume have been providing residential care to the elderly since 1999. They have become recognised as innovators and leaders in the field of dementia care, with special expertise in the provision of hospital level dementia care.

Jim and Alison have pioneered the 'small homes' philosophy of care and the 'best friends' approach to dementia care in New Zealand.

Dementia Care New Zealand is committed to providing excellence in person-centred care.

Where possible, and predominantly, care is offered in small homes, most with an individual small kitchen.  The small homes have individual bedrooms for between 10 to 17 people, with an open plan living area similar in design to a typical New Zealand home.

Special programmes for families

We enjoy providing two special programmes for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one

in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.

Hospital dementia care

We now take care of a significant number of residents needing specialised hospital dementia care.  This number has increased steadily over the last few years and is now a focus for us in six of our nine homes.

Continuing Care (Hospital)

We have identified a need for the inclusion of continuing care (hospital) in our facilities to complete the continuum of care we provide. This is currently provided at seven of our nine facilities.

Staff education and development

Being a growing organisation, we are continually looking for current staff members or people in the community with potential to be a leader. Staff education and development is our passion. We love to provide opportunities for advencement within our organisation to staff who later  become inspirational to other team members.

Sharing experience

We have a strong focus on presenting at conferences and developing partnerships with other organisations. 

Our goal is to educate the public about dementia and remove the stigma associated with it.