Providing young people with a disability a supportive home for independent living


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  • Equitas, based in the north west area of Christchurch, provides homes for young people who have suffered a brain injury where rehabilitation, independence and personal goal setting provides the basis for all service delivery.

    Where residents cannot progress to independent living, Equitas provides a person centered supportive home for young people that facilitates aspects of independent living and meets their social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs.

    Residents family/whanau and friends are welcome at Equitas and we encourage them to fully participate in all aspects of residents’ lives.

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    To provide a home for life - a supportive home for young people that facilitates independent living and meets their social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs.


    Equitas will provide a home for young people with other young people of a similar age. We will ensure a supportive home environment is maintained within the community, encouraging each individual to reach their potential with maximum independence in all areas of their lives; therefore ensuring a productive, valued and unique lifestyle and nurturing the respect for the choices of the individual.


  • Equitas Care Givers
    “Rehabilitation Support Workers”

    Our Rehabilitation Support Workers receive ongoing training by the Registered Nurse and General Manager, and external educators, and are also required to complete the Career Force NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (level2) support work.


    Equitas is focused on a high standard of service delivery and maintains a rigorous quality improvement programme. Rehabilitation Support Workers are provided with on-going training by the registered nurse and general manager, and external educators, and are also required to complete Career Force NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (level2) support work. Rehabilitation Support Workers are also encouraged to complete the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Rehabilitation Support) Brain Injury (level 4).

    Qualified health professionals (such as Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Therapists and Psychologists) contribute to the care and rehabilitation programmes for Equitas residents.

    Equitas is certified to provide Residential Disability Services under section 26 of the Health & Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001. Equitas was assessed by third party auditors in October 2013 against the Health & Disability Sector Standards (mandated by the Ministry of Health). Equitas received a fantastic result with four years Certification, the highest period of Certification awarded to healthcare organisations in New Zealand.


    Equitas measures its progress through a variety of indicators, and not merely financial or clinical. One of our ultimate measures of success is the overall satisfaction of each resident, and the level of independence and skill development they are achieving.

    We believe that clinical indicators are a strong measure of our day-to-day clinical performance. We therefore closely monitor (i) infections, (ii) behavioural emergencies, (iii) incidents/accidents and (iv) medication errors. Other measures include resident & family/whānau satisfaction (annual survey), complaints, occupancy, staff turnover, sickness, financial performance and feedback from staff and clinical service providers.

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Most residents of Equitas have been assessed and accepted as requiring rehabilitation and/or residential support services by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). From time to time, individual residents are accepted for temporary ACC funded spinal injury and respite care, as well as individual Ministry of Health (MoH) support contracts.


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    Equitas opened its first home in May 2008, at 28 Avon Gate (within Christchurch’s residential area of Russley). Situated in a quiet residential cul-de-sac, this home has been specially designed to accommodate young people with disabilities. The Avon Gate home accommodates four residents and has adapted bathrooms and large living spaces, and borders the large Avonhead Park.

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    The second Equitas home in neighboring Avonhead was opened in response to demand in August 2009. This home, at 12 Wiltshire Mews, can accommodate up to eight residents, with a further room to accommodate people requiring respite care. This home has also been adapted to meet the needs of residents with disabilities and includes multiple large living areas, an internal lift, fire and sprinkler systems.

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    A steadily increasing demand for services resulted in Equitas purchasing a third home during 2014 at 246 Withells Road. This home has been renovated to meet the needs of residents with complex health and physical disabilities and has a sensory garden.