Ozanam House comprises eleven houses, each accommodating a sufficient number of people to create a family atmosphere. There is accommodation available for up to 55 patients and their carer. The guests are cancer patients only, while undergoing treatment as out patients at Palmerston North Hospital and possibly with an accompanying carer or support person.
Centrally heated throughout and furnished to the highest standards of home comfort, Ozanam House provides comfort, privacy, and an atmosphere where personal health problems are understood and accepted. All are within easy walking distance of the hospital.
Each bedroom has two twin beds and an ensuite and are fully furnished with ample wardrobe and drawer space. Each patient together with their caregiver are assigned one bedroom. Bed linen and towels are provided. Bathrooms are equipped with handrails and non skid surfaces.
Comfortable, homelike lounges in each house provide an atmosphere of perfect relaxation and are equipped with television, books, games, jigsaws and radios, with sufficient room to find a peaceful and private corner. There is also a recreation room with facilities which are very popular. Ultra fast wireless broadband access is available throughout each house. Just bring your tablet, iPad, smartphone, e reader or laptop and enjoy ultra-fast broadband access.
Each house has its own fully equipped kitchen and dining area situated close to each patient's bedroom. Ample room is provided in the well equipped kitchens for meal preparation, serving, and storing food. Each guest has an individual fridge and storage area. Guests self-cater and cook their own meals to suit personal needs. Dining areas give a "family atmosphere".
All bed linen and towels are provided. Well equipped laundries with automatic washing machines and dryers are available to guests for their personal laundry.
Guests use Ozanam House just as they would their own home with freedom to come and go as they please.
Guests can be as social or as private as they wish,but because the guests - both patients and their care givers - have so much in common, there's a sense of bonding for most Ozanam House residents.
Ozanam House doesn't have an institutional atmosphere, mainly because there are no residential staff. Because of this, some of the routine work of a home is done voluntarily by the guests who normally keep their own rooms tidy, wash their dishes and do light housework when it is necessary. A house keeper comes in daily for heavier chores.
A completely unobtrusive watch is kept on guest welfare. Help is always available. Admission to hospital is always arranged when necessary. The Administrator is available for discussing any problems in confidence.
A shuttle is available for those who need transport to and from the hospital and bookings are made for road, rail and air travel when required.
Transport to and from home can also be arranged via The Cancer Society shuttle service.
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