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Moving into a rest home is a change of address, not a change of lifestyle. That’s why Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court in Masterton encourages residents to decorate their rooms however they like.
Kandahar Home manager Mike Keyworth says many residents bring along photos, artwork, ornaments, furniture and bed covers, with other families go a step further.
“Some families have come in and painted the room vibrant colours or put up wall paper and their own curtains. We encourage them to make the space their own.”
Mike says residents and their families are welcome to decorate before they move in so they feel at home when they get there.
“Residents can decorate their rooms however they like as long as the staff are able to navigate the room safely,” he says.
Encouraging residents to decorate their rooms ties in with the Eden Alternative, an elder-directed model of care that supports residents to maintain their independence, routines and hobbies.
“Moving into a rest home is just a change of address, not a change of lifestyle. Being able to have their rooms how they want helps them to feel at home. After all, it’s their space.”
Kandahar resident Nance Strang, who has lived at Kandahar Home for a year, says her family helped her to decorate by putting up red curtains and finding places for all her ornaments, photos and paintings.
“I like my room because I have all my favourite things in it. It has a nice view of the garden and I have my own en-suite. It’s just like home.”
Click here to find out more about Enliven’s Kandahar Home located at 8 Roberts Road, Masterton, or click here to find out about Kandahar Court, specialised in dementia care, located at 2 Colombo Road in Masterton.