Publish date: 16/05/2018

North Canterbury’s only dedicated residential rehabilitation centre has opened its doors in Ohoka.

The North Canterbury Rehabilitation Centre provides short-term residential rehabilitation services for those patients discharged from hospital but not yet ready to return home.

The centre, which opened on April 9th, was established by Rangiora-based physiotherapist Lucie Hartfield. “Our sole focus at the North Canterbury Rehabilitation Centre is enabling people to resume life as independently as possible,” she explains.

“This is a team approach to rehabilitation. All of the staff here are involved in the rehabilitation process all day long and we provide individualised rehabilitation programmes. It’s a real opportunity to get people up and going again.”

Lucie and her husband Don Shore established Hartfield Physiotherapy in Rangiora in 2014 but quickly saw the opportunity to take the business one step further.

“Working in the community I knew where some of the gaps in services were for people needing rehab prior to going home, so we started talking about it in 2015 and looking for an appropriate facility. When the Shoshannim Rest Home came up for lease it was the ideal opportunity.”

The premises on Mandalea Road, Ohoka had all of the existing facilities required by Lucie and Don including bedrooms, shared spaces, kitchen facilities and treatment rooms as well as a quiet, rural setting.

“Our doors are open to anyone from the age of 18 upwards, who isn’t quite ready to go home from hospital. Their stay could be for just a few weeks or as long as three or four months,” says Lucie.  

Services available at the North Canterbury Rehabilitation Centre include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietary advice and speech and language therapy. As well as residential care, Lucie and her team offer outpatient services for discharged patients and the general public.

For more information visit www.ncrc.co.nz.