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Blindness no obstacle for Kilmarnock Heights resident

Blindness no obstacle for Kilmarnock Heights resident

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Betty Gidley.
Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Betty Gidley.

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Betty Gidley doesn’t let blindness stop her from doing the things she loves.

Betty moved to Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore four months ago because she couldn’t live safely by herself anymore.

“My sight has been going downhill for years. I can see a little bit, but sometimes I can’t see at all,” Betty explains.

“I needed to move into a rest home so I chose to come to Kilmarnock Heights and I’m so glad I did!”

For Betty, the social aspects of living at Kilmarnock Heights Home are what she enjoys the most.

“I’ve made some good friends here and there are always lots of people to talk to.”

Joining in with the home’s activities and continuing with her hobbies is important to Betty, who says she is encouraged to do just that at Kilmarnock Heights Home.

“Some people think that because we can’t see the door shuts on us. Just because you can’t see doesn’t mean you can’t do things,” Betty explains.

“I still join in with activities here, I’ve even started playing indoor bowls – my friend acts as my ‘eyes’ for me, she’s a very good guide.”

Knitting is one of Betty’s favourite pass times and while her sight makes it a challenge, she says she’s not letting it stop her from doing the things she loves.

“I’ve always enjoyed knitting, you can think while you knit,” says Betty.

“A friend who lives here knits with me and helps me with the patterns. I have to knit with light colours because I can’t see the dark ones at all, but I can still do it!”

Betty is a member of the Blind Foundation and enjoys getting out and about attending the foundation’s monthly morning tea event with another resident of Kilmarnock Heights Home who is also a member.

Betty says she has been very happy since she chose to make Kilmarnock Heights Home her home.

“It’s lovely, peaceful and friendly here and the staff look after us very well. I’m glad I chose to come here.”

To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz or click here.

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