We're growing places
Welcome to new Operations and Community Manager Fran Voykovich
Fran is originally from Chester in the UK, a beautiful city in the Northwest of England.
Today as I write, the sun is shining and residents and the on-site construction team are making the most of sunshine. The chilly weather has arrived and feeling cosy has become a priority. The range of outings and activities that Olivia and her Lifestyle and Leisure team are coordinating continues to expand to cover a range of small group interests, with more of the usual community-based groups picking up where the pandemic interrupted for several years.
Te Whatu Ora impasse
The Aged Care sector funding impasse with Te Whatu Ora remains unresolved as the current offer doesn’t come close to meeting actual cost increases, these negotiations will continue.
You're invited to next Knox Community Meeting
We have scheduled a Knox Community Meeting, held every 8-10 weeks to keep people updated on things of interest. This will be held on Monday 3 July 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the Multipurpose Room at Knox.
Award for pandemic response
Knox has received the COVID-19 Response Recognition Award from Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins. This is in recognition of service in support of the national COVID-19 response.
Mask wearing in aged care remains a national directive and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the community is again evidence of continued risks of spread.
We ask that you do not visit in dining rooms at meal-times or visit the physiotherapy gym. If you are here at a meal-time please visit with your family member in their room, outdoors or alternate space away from dining rooms.
It is essential you do not visit Knox at all if you or a member of your household has any cold-like or gastroenteritis symptoms as we must be meticulously careful about all infections.
10am – 11:30am
2pm – 8pm
We urge visitors to observe these times as we are all committed to honouring the request made by residents for a quiet period in the middle of the day to rest after lunch.
She’s been living in New Zealand for nearly 20 years and is married to Kiwi, Adrian. Fran is a busy mum to two teenage boys, Alex and Nathaniel, who are both still at school.
Fran has worked in a number of different management roles in services for older people and for people with disabilities and sensory impairment in the UK. Fran was an active member of a large branch of the Alzheimer’s Society in North Wales for more than eight years, serving as Branch Secretary and Fundraiser.
Since moving to New Zealand, Fran has worked for the Ministry of Health and at Counties Manukau District Health Board in contracting, project and programme management and operational roles.
Fran is a huge football fan and has supported her beloved Chester Football Club for many years. In her leisure time Fran loves to travel, enjoys baking and
First CAP Graduates from Knox programme
In May the first Knox CAP course was concluded and a further 13 Registered Nurses have entered the New Zealand health system as a result. Congratulations to you all! Nursing Council of NZ Aotearoa approved Knox as a provider of CAP training. This 7-week programme is for New Zealand registered and enrolled nurses who have been out of practice for five years or more and also for internationally qualified nurses wishing to gain registration as a nurse in New Zealand.
“Shut the door - not that it lets in the cold, but that it lets out the coziness.” MARK TWAIN
JIll WOODWARD CEO
NIGHT SITE MANAGER
Benjohn (Ben) appreciates working in an elder-centered community, because caring for those who walked before us represents life’s most significant value.
He works as the Night Site Manager/ Registered Nurse who is responsible for providing clinical support and ensuring safety of the community within Knox –both staff and the residents we look after. With prior experience of working in the Emergency Department, he is equipped with the necessary critical thinking skills to make clinical decisions and give residents quality care.
Raewyn Hopkins AFTERNOON SITE MANAGER
Raewyn trained as a Registered GRON in Dunedin and has worked in the four main cities of New Zealand – some local rural hospitals and GP practices. She has also enjoyed time working in the UK and Cambodia as well as travel through Europe, East Africa, Asia and the Pacific. If she has a regret, it is giving up a training position at the London School of Tropical Medicine.
Since returning to New Zealand she has been working in Auckland where she was encouraged to complete a MPH and a PhD. Raewyn has co-authored numerous journal articles and won some prestigious Abstract prizes.
Raewyn says she has had a wonderful time as a nurse and would do it all again even knowing what the downs are as the ups are so rewarding, a bit like her golf!
Raewyn's favourite quotes:
“Start where you are. Use what you can. Do what you can”, Arthur Ash
“Look for a way to lift someone up. If that’s all you do it’s enough”, Elizabeth Lesser
AFTERNOON / WEEKEND SITE MANAGER
Etka is an allied health professional with a background in physiotherapy committed to improving residents' Hauora (well-being) through compassionate care.
Etka has extensive experience working with the elderly and am currently pursuing a master's degree in health practice specialising in rehabilitation with the aim of providing comprehensive support to the people during their most crucial stages of rehabilitation. She joined Knox in late 2022 working after hours and on weekends to support the inner community, including Rimu, Kowhai, and Nikau's homes. Etka's role as a Site Manager involves leadership and coordination of the care team as well as identifying and addressing concerns related to resident quality of care and staff wellbeing.
TK Raval WEEKEND SITE MANAGER
Trilok Raval's (TK) role includes managing staffing, day-to-day operational tasks, helping our leadership teams to fulfil the organisational values and resident's needs by focusing on making sure residents and family feel welcomed all while upholding Eden Alternative principles.
A great advocate for residents, he comes with significant experience in Physiotherapy and management roles. This enables him to deliver the holistic approach with residents, their families and the team at Knox.
TK has experience working in New Zealand and Australian health care sectors which empowers him to adjust to the role's challenges.
TK’s experience working in Clinical quality and risk management supports organisation to provide adequate and safe care environment to our residents and staff.
Over the period of time, his strengths at Knox have helped us to serve our residents and community the best possible way. TK's sound clinical knowledge and management style help to foster Knox principles and values.
Supporting independence and creating opportunities to grow
Lifestyle and Leisure regularly facilitate shopping and local café trips to enable independence, identify new challenges for growth and support Elders as members of the community.