South Island


Adriel Rest Home and Adriel House – On the Journey to Become Spark of Life Centres of Excellence.

Adriel Rest Home and Adriel House are two small homes adjacent to each other providing care for people with dementia in a warm, country home environment.

Residents enjoying helping to bath a baby with one of the relatives

Both homes cater for people who enjoy space, gardens and animals, with the focus on keeping their independence and supporting them as individuals.

The Spark of Life Philosophy has been implemented in the Rest Home since April 2012 and in Adriel House since its opening in February 2014.


Everybody loves getting up & having a ‘wee’ dance every now & then to the music of two relatives

Adriel Rest Home and Adriel House have received commendations from auditors who have visited the homes and been in awe of the achievements in providing exceptional quality of life for the residents.


Mischeal McCormick, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Mischeal is a Registered Nurse, Spark of Life Master Practitioner and owner/operator of these two small Rest homes (residential care homes) in the South Island, where she and her team are creating the true meaning of home and community.

Mischeal lives on a farm in the country and is bringing the richness of life on the farm into the everyday experience of her residents.


Residents, Relatives & friends enjoying a gorgeous day out in the sun for the Christmas Hoedown. ‘Smiles were never far away on this day,’ Mischeal said.
Adriel Rest Home & Adriel House are situated in the middle of a farming community & a number of retired farmers live at Adriel House.



Ranui Home – On the Journey to Become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence.

Ranui Home is part of Enliven Presbyterian Support Otago and is a home of 48 people residents; many of whom have dementia.  There are 80 staff members and 19 volunteers providing care and support. Family members of those who live at Ranui also form an important part of the Ranui Community.

One of the men living at Ranui Home giving the handyman a helping hand
Jan’s face lights up when a puppy is placed on her knee

Leigh McLeod, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Leigh is of Maori descent and a proud representative of her people and traditions. She completed her nursing degree in 1997 and up until 2015 worked within the mental health field where she pioneered new and successful ways for people to experience recovery and rehabilitation.

Leigh is now the clinical coordinator and Spark of Life Master Practitioner at Ranui Home and has commenced the journey with her team to become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence.

Watch Leigh McLeod in her native language Maori sharing her reflections about the Spark of Life Philosophy & how it connects with her culture: