My name is Lesley Middleton, and I am the proud Facility Manager of Cairnfield House Rest Home & Hospital. A position I have held since 2013.
I originally started working at Cairnfield in 1993 as a Health Care Assistant, a role which I enjoyed until an opportunity arose for me to become the Activities Co-Ordinator. At that time, I thought that it was my dream job. I took my role very seriously and returned to study. I gained my Certificate in Diversional Therapy with a focus on a Hauora approach to caring. This approach is a Māori philosophy of health unique to Aotearoa New Zealand.
At Cairnfield House, we formulate our individual resident plans using the Hauora approach which consists of aha hinengaro – mental health and emotions; taha wairua – spiritual health, taha tinana – physical health, and taha whānau – whānau as the epicentre of one’s wellbeing. We encourage whānau to be involved at every step and respect our resident’s socio-cultural identity, experiences, and self-knowledge.
Our staff are provided numerous ongoing trainings throughout each year related to their roles and like myself, can change roles when an opening or opportunity arises.
With the addition of our new Kōwhai wing opening in 2018 Cairnfield House offers a 60 bed Hospital as well as a 26 bed Rest Home.
Lastly, I want to share that apart from Cairnfield I am also very blessed to have 3 adult children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.