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Dementia Day Services

We provide services for older people who have a diagnosis of dementia and others, who benefit from a stimulating, social environment.

Dementia Day Services

The emphasis is on restorative care in a relaxed and fun environment, giving people every opportunity to participate in interesting and engaging activities. The service also offers support to carers and whanau.

The activities programme is designed to meet the physical, intellectual, creative and emotional needs of our clients, as well as offering opportunities for social support and friendship. The programme takes clients abilities into consideration, as well as their preferred level of participation.

The programme is flexible and can adapt to reflect the individual needs of clients attending on that particular day. The day service works in tandem with other community based services to keep people living independently in their community for as long as possible. We recognise that our clients may need further support over time. So, we work with our service partners and the person’s family or whanau to support their transition to an appropriate care setting.

Accessing the Service

The day programme service is available to people diagnosed with Dementia and are referred by the Ministry of Health’s Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC).

The information gathered during the NASC assessment is used in conjunction with input from the person’s family or whanau to develop an individual care plan.

If the service is full, people can go on a waiting list until a suitable place becomes available.


People can be referred by:

  • the NASC for Auckland or Waitemata DHB
  • Alzheimers Auckland
  • ADHB Community Mental Health Services
  • Disability Resource Team (DRT) or Disability Support Link (DSL)
Dementia day centre survey

Family members of clients attending our two principal day centres in Auckland (The Anchorage in Glen Innes and Lavender Cottage at Selwyn Village) were interviewed in 2015 as part of a major customer satisfaction survey of comparable aged care facilities in New Zealand and Australia.

The Selwyn Foundation achieved an overall mean score of 94.7%, which compares very favourably with the New Zealand/Australia benchmark of 87.9% and the metro benchmark of 88.5% (i.e. comparing day centres in the same city).

Our mean score was the highest achieved in any of the surveyed services, and results like this are a wonderful endorsement of our staff's compassion and dedication to providing a respectful, caring and reliable service which is very much appreciated by family members.