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Dementia can put a strain on family life, meaning that living together isn’t always an option.
This was the case for Palmerston North couple Gloria and Rex Pinfold, who were forced to live separately following Rex’s diagnosis with dementia.
“He started doing funny things, things he wouldn’t normally do. It started five years ago and it has been a very slow process,” Gloria explains.
“At first he moved into another rest home and I would visit him as much as I could, but it took a lot of time and effort to get there.”
The couple went is search of better living arrangements and Enliven’s Brightwater Home and Village in Palmerston North provided the ideal solution. Brightwater Home caters specifically for dementia and hospital needs, while the neighbouring Brightwater Village provides independent retirement living.
“I was lucky there was a villa available. It’s nice and close to the home and someone from the home comes around nearly every morning to see if I’m ok,” says Gloria.
“I come over almost every day to see him. I can have meals with him if I want to, and he’s even come over to my villa a few times for a cup of tea.”
Gloria says since moving in earlier this year she is confident that Brightwater Home is the best place for Rex to be.
“Dementia is very strange. You don’t know what they’re thinking, but he’s smiling, being cheeky and he’s laughing so he’s quite happy here,” she says.
“There’s a lot for him to do – they go on outings a couple times a week, they have activities, and he likes to tend to the gardens outside. He likes living here.”
Located on Brightwater Terrace in Palmerston North, Brightwater Home and Brightwater Village are both operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. For more information call 0800 36 54 83 (that’s 0800 ENLIVEN).