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Ranui Home







Ranui Home provides Residential Health Care to older people who live in Alexandra. A change of address, not of lifestyle, is how they like to describe a person’s move into a Presbyterian Support Otago home or hospital. Residents continue to have personal choices – when to get up in the morning, go on outings, be involved in activities…daily life is determined by individual needs and preferences. Ranui Home welcomes people of all backgrounds and cultures. 

The home consists of a dementia unit, hospital and rest home caring for 48 residents. Offering a wide range of services, its rest home rooms are always in demand. The staff does all it can to help residents and families experience a good transition to living at Ranui, and welcomes family input into creating the right ‘personal feel’ for their loved one. 

Ranui has a pool of volunteers who assist the residents in things such as shopping, going out for coffee or a drink at the club, walks, reading, crafts, chats, escorts on picnics, assist at meal times and happy hour etc. Volunteers usually establish a good rapport with the residents and feel part of the team at Ranui.

It is hoped volunteers will feel a valued member of the team and will be encouraged to attend staff training to develop their own personal skills. Volunteers usually gain satisfaction from enabling residents to be as independent as possible and will gain an understanding of the older person though their involvement at Ranui.


Interested volunteers must be/have:

  • Mature, non-judgmental, open minded and happy communicating with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Good communication and listening skills are essential.
  • A commitment to confidentiality.
  • A genuine interest in and kindness and respect for older people.
  • Able to relate to, or try to understand them and their circumstances.
  • Empathy, patience, a calm nature and a good sense of humour are essential as well as being reliable, well presented and polite

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

Ideally volunteers should be available for 1 year, however short term involvement will be considered for some roles.  1 – 2 hours per week or more if able.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 1795

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