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Life at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is an eventful one for Johnnie Wood, who says during her 92 years she has never been so busy.
“Here [at Kilmarnock Heights Home] I’ve never been so busy in my life. There’s always something for me to do,” Johnnie explains.
“The staff makes sure we’re kept occupied.”
Johnnie enjoys writing cards and personalised poetry for residents, volunteers, staff, friends and family on special occasions.
“I’ve always had an interest in writing. The poems reflect the person’s characteristics – they’re just a bit of fun.”
That comes as no surprise after working as a teacher for most of her life.
“I loved teaching. Children I taught in England have become my pen pals and six have even come to visit me after so many years. A girl I taught in my twenties, who was 11 at the time, is coming to visit me here in a couple of weeks and she’s just had her 80th birthday!”
Johnnie moved to Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in July last year after time in hospital and says Kilmarnock’s model of care, the Eden Alternative, made her want to stay.
“My daughter in law is an Eden associate at Kilmarnock Heights Home and told me all about the Eden Alternative. I thought it was wonderful.”
Johnnie says some people see rest homes as places where people sit and do nothing day after day, but Eden doesn’t allow that to happen.
That’s because the Eden Alternative uses 10 principles to encourage variety and spontaneity, companionship, contact with children and animals, continuing hobbies and meaningful activity.
Johnnie says she’s glad she chose to make Kilmarnock Heights her home.
“I feel I was meant to be here. The staff is absolutely wonderful – the aim is to keep everybody happy.”
Kilmarnock Heights Home is owned by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, provides rest home, respite and convalescent care as well as a social club.