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Easy living at Masterton’s Kandahar Home

Easy living at Masterton’s Kandahar Home

Kandahar Home resident Glennys Stuart.

Moving into care is a difficult time for many, but for 80-year-old Wairarapa local, Glennys Stuart, moving to Enliven’s Kandahar Home in Masterton was an easy transition.

Glennys says she chose to move to the Enliven home in October last year because she wasn’t coping well at home after her husband passed away.

“After my husband passed away I thought I should do something for myself rather than wait for the family to say ‘what are we going to do with mum?’”

Glennys says although she was going through a difficult time, moving to Kandahar Home felt like a weight was being lifted off her shoulders.

“I found the transition so easy! It’s wonderful here. There’s no pressure, it has a relaxed atmosphere right through and the staff are wonderful. Everything is taken care of.”

She says moving to Kandahar Home is like living in a big house with an extended family.

“They [the residents] are all individuals and they’re very interesting – I’ve gotten to know the people here very well, and when I see other people move in here it’s like watching a flower opening up.”

Glennys says the move was made easy by the staff and her fellow residents, and she no longer has to worry about trying to do everything on her own.

“There are no set routines here. It’s flexible, it flows and you can be as private or as social as you want,” says Glennys.

“It’s a beautiful house. It’s warm, comfortable and it’s home.”

Mike Keyworth, manager of Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court, says people often experience a period of grief when moving into care.

“It’s not easy to come to terms with no longer being able to live in your own home, but seeing the residents adjust and flourish is part of what makes working here so rewarding,” Mike explains.

“They never feel lonely here because there’s always something to do and someone to talk to. They have companionship and they realise that moving here is just a change of address, not a change in lifestyle, and we take every opportunity to support them to keep their independence.”

Kandahar Home and sister-site Kandahar Court are operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provide a full spectrum of rest home support including, rest home, hospital, and dementia care. Both homes are also able to offer short-term respite and health recovery care.

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