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31 Aug 2016

New ‘Moxon Centre’ will offer care, retirement living and community amenities at Selwyn St Andrew’s village

Selwyn St Andrew’s retirement village in Cambridge has named its new care, retirement living and community amenities centre ‘The Moxon Centre’, in recognition of Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM, former Bishop of Waikato and former Primate and Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

At the recent naming ceremony held in neighbouring St Andrew’s Church and attended by Archbishop Moxon during his recent visit to New Zealand, Dr Kay Hawk, Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Trust Board, said: “In naming our prestigious building, we wish to recognise Archbishop Moxon’s dedicated and distinguished service to the people of the Waikato and New Zealand and the honour that he brings to the country in his current position as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and Director of The Anglican Centre in Rome.”

The new development, which is currently under construction, will allow the village to offer residential aged care on its site for the first time ever, ensuring that residents can have the option of continuing to live on site as their care needs change over time. The $14 million, three storey development will consist of a 24 room care suite on the first floor which will cater for both rest home and hospital level care.

With the design inspired by the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision and service delivery, it will comprise two ‘households’ of twelve residents, providing a comfortable, homely atmosphere focussed on the overall wellness of the individual.  

Each household will function like a home; residents will have their own single room with ensuite, opening onto a large communal living area featuring a lounge and dining/kitchen area that will provide open access to outdoor decks with seating. Rooms will be designed to the highest standard, with particular accessibility features aimed at promoting residents’ independence as much as possible.

Selwyn St Andrew’s Village Manager, Rachael Hall, says: “By having small communities or ‘households’ of residents and staff within the larger care facility, we wish to deliver holistic care and support, centred totally around the individual, their needs and what they want out of life, and to create an environment where family and friends will enjoy visiting. The physical design, staffing and operational procedures will be focussed on the whole person – not just their clinical care, but also their spiritual and mental wellbeing."

“Residents who are able will have the opportunity to play an active role in the life of their particular household, making light meals and doing their own laundry, as they would have done previously when managing their own home. This approach focusses on empowering residents to do as much as they can for themselves, so they feel truly at home, and promotes independence, eliminates loneliness and encourages people to have meaningful lives and as active a lifestyle as possible, regardless of their age and ability. It is the very reverse of institutionalised care.” 

Pictured at the naming ceremony in Cambridges historic St Andrews Church are Selwyn Board Chair, Dr Kay Hawk, Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM and Lady Moxon, and Selwyn CEO, Garry Smith.
On the upper floor, eleven independent living apartments will be available on an Occupational Rights Agreement basis, each offering wonderful elevated views of the surrounding landscape. “The apartments will offer a choice of one, two and three bedrooms and represent a new style of accommodation for Selwyn St Andrew’s and for Cambridge as a whole. As we’re located in the centre of Cambridge, they should prove to be a very popular addition to the village,” says Rachael.

The building will also include a range of community leisure and social facilities on the ground floor for the whole village to enjoy. “During the planning stage, we discussed with our residents what ideas or thoughts they had for the new building, so they could input into the process and contribute ideas on what they would like to see in terms of the community leisure and social amenities on the ground floor." 

“The new amenities will include café/dining rooms, an outdoor barbeque area, lounge and activity rooms, a residents’ shop and a hair salon, as well as administration offices, and will offer a warm and welcoming centre for group activities and social get-togethers.”

This is a very exciting re-development of Selwyn St Andrew’s that will create an integrated, full-service village providing an advanced style of care, the highest quality of accommodation and services, and an array of innovative design features. The expected completion date is August 2017.  
The Selwyn Foundation has also been granted resource consent for a two storey 90 bed development at Selwyn Village (Point Chevalier, Auckland) and a three storey 48 bed facility at its Selwyn Oaks village (Papakura, Auckland). The three developments represent an investment total of almost $50 million and will be fully financed by The Selwyn Foundation.