Ross Home is counting down to celebrating their centenary in October 2018.
Ross Home is the oldest Presbyterian Support owned care home in New Zealand. It was named after John Ross (later Sir John Ross) who donated a ten-acre block of valuable land in North East Valley in 1917 – on the condition that money be raised to help build and support “homes for the aged.”
In 1918 his wife, Margaret Ross, laid the first foundation stone. When the home opened later that year, there were 28 female residents.
Ross Home has expended and grown significantly over the century. It now has five wings and is home for 124 residents. There are 10 cottages surrounding Ross Home, and those who live in the cottages are an active part of the Ross Home community.
Margaret Pearce, Ross Home Manager, is proud of the role that Ross Home plays in North East Valley community, where it is located.
“We’ve always been well connected to the community with various local school and groups coming into the home. I’m particularly pleased with the many medical students that spend time at Ross Home every year. In the last 24 months, around 240 students have been part of the team.”
Ross Home hosts a mothers group each week and a day programme known as Club Enliven runs from Ross Home several days each week. Local school groups can always be found at Ross Home, often working on practical projects such as designing and planting gardens for the residents.
The Ross Home centenary celebration will happen over Labour Weekend (19 - 21 October 2018). The community are invited to visit Ross Home during the celebrations. There will be functions at Ross Home on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with a church service and lunch on Sunday.
Registrations to attend the weekend are $20 each. For more information about Ross Home and the Centenary celebrations, or to register to attend the weekend, call in to the home at 360 North Rd, or phone them on 03 473 0029.