Claud Ivon Switzer was a resident of Mangonui County all of his life. In 1954 his Will provided for the building of the original 14 bed home to care for the aged needy in this area. In 1955 the facility registered as a Charitable Trust. Growth of the facility to its present size has been in planned, progressive stages. Over the years a number of individuals and organisations have generously supported the Switzer Trust with substantial grants and legacies. These have made it possible for the Trust to develop the facilities and services to what they are today.
The day to day activities of the Trust are significantly enhanced by the
generosity of many people in the community who donate their time,
produce, gifts, experience and knowledge. All are appreciated and valued. Each in their own way improves the quality of life
of our residents.
The Trust is committed to the provision of a full range of care for the older people of this community.
Today we provide residential care in our resthome, hospital and Puriri Secure Dementia Unit.
Our community based Day Care service developed in 1998 now provides day care for both the well elderly and for those with dementia. In addition we provide short-term periods of care for Respite, Carer-Support, convalescence and rehabilitation.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the Trust returns all surpluses to the pursuit of its mission. Governance of the Trust by community representatives defines the Trust as a community organisation.
We want to enrich the lives of all of our residents and their families/whanau by helping people enjoy life in a safe, respectful and friendly environment. We are building a culture that makes our staff and residents feel valued.
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Peter is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (1966). He subsequently trained in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He came to Kaitaia Hospital in February 1980 to take over the position of Surgeon Superintendent from Dr Denis Tree. He remained in this position and that of Senior Surgeon/Clinical Advisor until his retirement from full-time surgical practice in May 2004. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Kaitaia College for seven years with three years as its Chairman.
For the next 10 years, Peter worked as a locum (relieving) surgeon in rural New Zealand and rural and outback Australia. These periods varied between 2 and 12 weeks.
Final retirement from surgical practice took place in December 2015, with the last 2 years working as a part-time surgeon at his 'old home' of Kaitaia Hospital.
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Eric was appointed to the Board following the resignation of Dr Tom Young in 2011. He was born in Waiuku and after working overseas and throughout the North Island started as a pharmacist in Kaitaia in 1973. He has been a member of many local organisations such as Hospice, St. Johns, Round Table, Kaitaia Business Association, and the Justices of the Peace Association for the Far North, along with the 20/20 IT Computers in Homes Trust. Eric who lives on a vineyard near Ahipara enjoys diving, fishing and flying.
Jack was appointed to the Board after the resignation of Clive Patterson in July 2015. He was born and bred in the Far North and is of Ngati Kahu descent. He and his wife Heather have 3 children, Craig, Keri and Jen. Jack was apprenticed to Whitefield, Kimber and Wilson from 1966 to 1971 and qualified as a plumber. In 1975 he started his own business and has been active in the plumbing Industry for the last 49 years. Jack is a past member and President of the Kaitaia Kiwanis Service Club and a current member of the 90 Mile Beach Surf-casting Club.
The Advisory Group meets 4 times a year. It is made up of local of people who bring a wide range of community knowledge and experience to the meetings and include representation from the following organisations and people: Resident Representative - Community Health - Masonic Lodges - Age Concern - Work and Income New Zealand - Staff Representative - Northland Health - Switzer Home Auxiliary - Business & Professional Women’s Association - Salvation Army - Iwi Representative - Grey Power.
Jackie was appointed as General Manager position in 1998. Formerly a Nurse Manager in the United Kingdom for ten years, her special interests include teaching and assessing in clinical practice, palliative care and quality management.
Jo has been employed by the Trust since 2009 and was the Senior Registered Nurse for 7 years until her appointment as Nurse Manager in 2018. Jo has a special interest in end of life care.
A local who has lived and worked in Kaitaia for most of her life, Jo brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience to her position.
(Human Resources & Administration Manager)
Jacqueline joined the Trust in 2014 from a strong background in employment relations and administration management in the Government sector. She is passionate about lifelong learning and professional achievement. She believes people are the most significant resource of every organisation.
Doug joined the team at Switzer in July 2015. Originally from Idaho USA, he has worked in the Far North for 18 years. Doug has much experience in building systems and processes with a background in Project Management, Health and Safety Management, Building Inspection and Team Leadership.
The success of this Trust has come from the outstanding people who have been part of the organisation since its inception. Our future depends upon attracting, rewarding and retaining people who share our ‘can-do’ attitude and passion for older people.
Working together to maximise the collective expertise of all stakeholders
to pursue our goals
Open, honest, effective, informed communication
A caring attitude and approach focused on client needs, families and staff
Treating all individuals with respect and dignity
Ideas that contribute towards continuous improvement
To exceed the expectations of all people who access our services by delivering high quality, clinical, physical, spiritual, social and emotional care
Kaitaia is a rural town situated in the beautiful Far North of New Zealand; it is a 90-minute drive north of the Bay of Islands, 90 minutes from Cape Reinga, the North Cape and a 5 hour drive north of Auckland. Locals and visitors to the region can walk on pristine sand on deserted beaches, or trek through forests with ancient Kauri trees.
The transparent waters of the region are one of the favourite playgrounds for lovers of anything aquatic including diving, sailing, fishing, boating, swimming with the dolphins or joining one of the many cruises.
From the south on State Highway 1 — Drive through the Mangamuka Gorge. Approximately 150 metres from the 50km sign before entering the town, Switzer is on the left hand side at 71 South Road.
From the north and the Bay of Islands — drive to Awanui on state highway 10. Turn left at Awanui, towards Kaitaia. Drive through the main street of Kaitaia and continue until you feel as though you are leaving Kaitaia on South Road. Just past the dairy and opposite the A&P Show Grounds is Switzer Residential Care.
Health and Disability Sector Standards
ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices (Tertiary Level)
Department of Labour, National Health and Safety Award Winners 2005 for ‘Employee Health and Wellness’.
Nominated by the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust for a Work/Life Award in 2005
Department of Labour produced a DVD in relation to Work Place Productivity at Switzer in 2007
Top Energy “Tall Poppy Business Award” winners in the Charitable Trust section and the overall Supreme Award 2007.
In 2007 the Department of Labour also produced “Health and Safety Makes Good Business Sense”. As a result of some of our health and safety initiatives, Switzer was included in their DVD which produced case studies of safe and productive workplaces, visit www.employment.govt.nz
Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards 2014, Claud Switzer Residential Care Winner of theACC, Accident Compensation Corperation Workplace Safety Award.
Eden Alternative Principales 2,3,4,5 and 10 achieved
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