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Cruising with Enliven’s elders

Cruising with Enliven’s elders

Reevedon Home resident Frank Williamson poses by his favourite cars at the museum.

While some of the elders of Levin’s Reevedon Home and Levin Home for War Veterans may not be able to drive anymore, that doesn’t stop their appreciation of classic, quality vehicles.

Residents of the two Enliven homes in Levin recently got a taste of top quality classic vehicles when they visited the Southward Car Museum in Otaihanga. Now they are hoping local car enthusiasts will share their passion, explains Reevedon Home recreation officer Davina Rawiri.

“We recently had a day trip to Southward car museum which has over 250 vehicles. The residents were very excited for the visit,” says Davina.

“Some of the men had a lot to do with engines back in the day so it was a special trip for them and they had some great stories to share about vehicles they’ve owned or worked on in the past.”

With the car museum visit enjoyed by all, the two Enliven homes are hoping that local classic car owners may volunteer to pay them a visit to show off their beloved cars and to take residents for short drives.

“We love having contact with our community and classic cars bring back a lot of fond memories for the residents. We’d love to hear from anyone who might be interested in paying us a visit,” says Davina.

She says part of the model of care of the two Enliven homes is to build and maintain connections with the local community.

“Our model of care, the Eden Alternative, acknowledges the importance for elders to have companionship, meaningful activity, to maintain their independence and have a sense of purpose and fun in their lives whatever their age and circumstances,” Davina explains.

“Having regular contact with the community and having access to the things they enjoy is a really important part of that.”

If you have a classic car and would like to visit Reevedon Home or Levin Home for War Veterans, email davina.rawiri@psc.org.nz or call 06 368 7900.

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