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Community connection: Kilmarnock Heights Home and Ohariu Farm

Community connection: Kilmarnock Heights Home and Ohariu Farm

Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Eillen Lara resident Ruth Murray volunteer Ange Hart and resident Dorothy Johnson at Ohariu Farm.
Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Eillen Lara resident Ruth Murray volunteer Ange Hart and resident Dorothy Johnson at Ohariu Farm.

The owners of a popular event venue are encouraging other local businesses and community organisations to get involved in life at Berhampore’s Kilmarnock Heights Home.

The residents of the Enliven home were treated to a special high tea at Ohariu Farm recently, marking the beginning off a budding relationship between the rest home and the owners of the venue.

Ohariu Farm venue owners Nick Hart and Zena Thomas say their relationship with Kilmarnock Heights Home formed because Nick’s mother, Ange Hart, volunteers there.

Zena says the couple has enjoyed getting to know the residents.

“All of these people are so special and they deserve it. They are incredibly interesting – it’s amazing hearing their stories. People can often forget that they have lived such wonderful lives,” Zena says.

“I think it’s amazing what they do at Kilmarnock Heights. I always thought rest homes were dreary places until I visited Kilmarnock.”

Nick says the couple plan to invite the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home is visit Ohariu Farm on a regular basis

“We thought we would do them a nice high tea and get them out into the country. They live in a very nice home but it’s nice to get out and do something both stimulating and memorable,” says Nick.

Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Eillen Lara says Enliven believes that maintaining connections to the community is very important. Kilmarnock Heights Home takes up any opportunity to visit places out in the community.

“We take every opportunity we can to provide elders with the opportunity to get out and about, to maintain their community connections, to make new ones and to experience a different environment and a change of scenery,” Eillen explains.

“The owners of Ohariu Farm went to such trouble to give us a wonderful treat. We had a lovely drive out there and we enjoyed beautiful food and a view. They are very generous to do this for us,” says Eillen.

Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme.

For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, or to invite the residents to visit your local business, call 04 380 2034 or click here.

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