New Priest for Atawhai Assisi
Monsignor Frank Eggleton
I am now 74 years old and have been a Catholic priest for 31 years. For most of that time I have served in Hamilton Parishes- at the Cathedral, at St Pius X Melville and at St. Columba’s Frankton.
However for the last 12 years or so I have been the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Waihi, then St Mary Immaculate Tauranga and finally St Mary Star of the Sea, Gisborne. It will now be my privilege to return to Hamilton and to serve as Chaplain for some of the Rest homes in Hamilton as well as being a part-time Chaplain at the Waikato Hospital. I will be based at Atawhai Assisi.
Previous to becoming a priest I was a Marist Brother for 23 years. Most of that time was spent in the beautiful countries of American Samoa and Kiribati.
Hamilton is home for me. I was a first-day pupil at St. John’s College as a 5th Former. My Dad, Lew, was a Sergeant of Police at the Hamilton Station and my Mum, Joan, was the Secretary at St. John’s College for many years.
Atawhai Assisi provides the following services:
Atawhai Assisi is a Ministry of Health certified aged care provider with a 4 year certification level.
Rest Home Care
Atawhai Assisi embodies our belief that all of our elderly residents deserve appreciation of and respect for their contribution to society. We seek to honour our residents self-worth and abilities, while providing care and support to assist them in their day-to-day lives.
Each of our Rest Home residents enjoy a comfortable single-bedded room, with central heating, a chest of drawers wardrobe, hand-basin and an over-the-bed table for their daily breakfast-in-bed. Our tasty meals are prepared by the excellent catering team, who can provide for all dietary requirements.
Our residents are encouraged to socialise in one of the lounges, where they can meet with new friends or spend time with visiting family members. Those who prefer the literary lifestyle can enjoy our well-stocked library, or they have the option to participate in one of our regular outings.
With an emergency call system in each bedroom, our hallways and bathrooms fitted with sturdy support rails, smoke detectors and fire sprinklers, Atawhai Assisi is a safe environment that provides for the needs of our residents. Rooms are also fitted with a telephone to enable family and friends to contact residents at their convenience.
Our staff – including a qualified nurse on each shift – care for each individual within our community, seeking to help them live a high-quality, comfortable life that supports them physically, socially and spiritually.
Wifi is available throughout the building for those who enjoy the internet or use Skype.
We offer specialised care for residents who need 24/7 registered nursing care. . Special care needs are professionally managed and we undertake to meet age related physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs. Resident’s safety is promoted.
The care is delivered and supervised by RN’s who are trained, experienced and competent in delivering these special services.
Staffing numbers reflect good practice guidelines and the skill mix is relevant to the resident’s care needs. Staff receive ongoing training through our in-service education sessions and training programmes.
We recognise that sometimes, caring for one another can be difficult. At Atawhai Assisi, we offer respite care as one way we can help to share the load, and support you, caring in your home.
Our respite care service offers residents the full care and professional service that our permanent residents receive.
We will send you a folder with information and forms to return once you have booked a room.
What to bring along for the stay:
1. Please provide an up to date script,
2. Medication in a blister pack on admission,
3. Adequate amount of day and night clothing named very clearly
4. Completed admission form and agreement
Our respite care residents are free to join in with our regular activities programme which offers choices of activities throughout the day,
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Pickup from clients homes in Hamilton from 8.30am and return home from 3.30pm. This service includes morning tea, lunch (main meal) and afternoon tea.
Day Programme residents are free to join into any activity provided on site.
Pastoral and Spiritual Care
The Sisters and Chaplain at Atawhai Assisi provide Christian-based pastoral care, with spiritual and emotional support available to all residents, their families, whanau and staff.This support is offered with sensitivity regarding the cultural and religious background of those seeking pastoral care.
The Sisters and Chaplain assist residents wishing to attend the services provided in our beautiful chapel. These include five Catholic Masses each week including Sundays and a monthly Combined Service with Communion. For those unable to attend services in the chapel Communion will be available to them by arrangement with the Pastoral Care team.