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Posted on the: 5th October, 2017

WW1 veteran’s medal returned to Levin

Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans will honour former resident John Dalrymple by displaying his Victory medal in the home’s Veteran’s Lounge for visitors to admire.

John, a Rifleman Private in the Canterbury Regiment during World War I and a drover, lived at Levin Home for War Veterans for around four years before he died in 1961.

Australian Margaret Harris discovered his medal among her late aunt’s possessions and contacted the home after learning John had never married and had no descendants.

Manager Jenny Hodgen says the home was delighted to be able to offer the medal a permanent home.

“We’re really passionate about Levin Home for War Veteran’s proud reputation for caring for returned servicemen and servicewomen. These men and women have made such vital and important contributions to New Zealand and it’s wonderful to be able to help highlight that.

“As one of our former residents, John is part of the Levin Home family and we’re so pleased to be able to care for his medal and his memory,” she says.

Jenny notes that the home remains actively engaged with the service community, enjoying contact with Linton Military Camp, the Horowhenua College Services Academy and the TS Tutira Sea Cadets.

The home’s ANZAC Day celebrations are also well-attended by the local community.

“It’s the most important day in our calendar,” says Jenny.

Levin Home administrator Vicky Prouting, who met with Margaret while holidaying in Australia to escort the medal to Levin, says she’s pleased to see the home’s past residents continuing to be honoured.

“It’s been a privilege getting to know John through his war medal. He led such an active life!

“I’m proud to have played a small part in his history bringing the medal back to Levin.”

John’s military service took him half way across the world to Egypt, France and England. As a member of the C Company of the 3rd Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, he would have taken part in the Battle of Passchendaele in which his Battalion suffered 400 casualties, including 126 men who were killed in action.

The Victory medal now housed at Levin Home for War Veterans recognises John’s service during the First World War.

A brief stint in the Wellington “Guard Company” during the Second World War also entitled John to the 1939-45 War Medal and the New Zealand War Service Medal.

“Where those medals are though is a mystery,” says home manager Jenny Hodgen.

“If anyone knows, please get in touch, we’d love to hear more about John’s amazing story!”

Enliven is the positive ageing services arm of Presbyterian Support Central, offering independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, short-term respite and health recovery care and day programmes. 

Posted on the: 23rd May, 2017

Presbyterian Support (Enliven) Earns New Zealand’s Trust

Presbyterian Support (Enliven) has been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Aged Care and Retirement Villages Brand.

The accolade comes from the independent, commissioned 2017 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Survey.

Respondents highlighted Presbyterian Support (Enliven) for its not-for-profit values, genuine care, honesty, high quality aged care and retirement services and support.

National spokesperson Gillian Bremner says the win is recognition that the organisation’s values and not-for-profit philosophy drives service delivery.

“We’re about people first and foremost. We design, develop and operate quality care homes, retirement villages and home and community support services; with care at the heart of all we do.”

“We focus on creating communities where older people have companionship, variety, fun, a sense of belonging, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives.”

Enliven Central general manager Nicola Turner says the recognition is credit to the dedication, passion and care of the staff.

“Having trust in the people that are caring for you, or your loved one, is of the utmost importance and we are very pleased to be named as the most trusted aged care provider for 2017,” Nicola explains.

“Enliven staff, regardless of their role, treat and support every resident the way they would like to treated and supported themselves – with kindness, dignity and respect, and it really shows.”

Nicola says Presbyterian Support’s long history of providing support for communities also contributes to the high level of trust.

“Presbyterian Support has supported people and communities in New Zealand for more than 130 years,” she explains.

Enliven Central provides provides a full range of positive ageing services including rest home, hospital and dementia care, respite, health recovery and day programmes, as well as retirement villages between Taranaki and Wellington.

Posted on the: 13th February, 2017

February 2017 marks the end of an era for Enliven Community Support

From 13 February 2017, Enliven Central will no longer provide in-home support services between Taranaki and Wellington.

This comes after Enliven Central’s parent organisation, Presbyterian Support Central, elected to sell it’s in-home support service business to Geneva Healthcare.

“In 2016 we lost the Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHB in-home support contracts when the DHBs elected to contract with a single provider,” explains Chief Executive Chris Graham.

“This reduced our critical mass so the Board and Management team made the decision to sell Enliven’s remaining in-home support business and focus on our core activities – Enliven rest homes and retirement villages and Family Works social services.”

Presbyterian Support Central’s Enliven division and Geneva Healthcare have been working closely together for the past few months to ensure a smooth transition of service.

Part of this work has been around ensuring a smooth transition for staff which will help ensure there little impact for clients who, in the majority, should be able to retain their current support worker.

“We wish to thank Enliven’s Community Support staff everyone for their ongoing hard work, dedication and commitment to quality support during this transition.”

Enliven Central continues to offer a range of positive ageing services throughout the lower North Island, including independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, day activity programmes, short-term respite and health recovery care, modified Tai Chi classes and a continence product service.

“These Enliven services remain a strong focus for us and we’re planning to announce some exciting new developments this year,” says Chris.

For more information about Enliven’s service freephone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 365 483). For information about Geneva Healthcare’s in-home support services between Taranaki and Wellington phone 0800 436 382. For in-home support services in other regions visit www.enliven.org.nz.