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A few months shy of 90 years old, Wainuiomata resident Gladys Christiansen thought needing extra support would mean moving out of home.
That’s before she found Enliven’s Community Support services, which help her to stay at home without worry.
“I don’t want to move into a rest home, I want to stay in my own home. It makes me feel safe at home knowing I have extra support when I need it,” says Gladys.
Gladys has received in-home support from Enliven for the past three years. Her community support worker, Lynn Sharp, visits three times a week to help with personal care and managing her house.
“Being able to do things for myself is important to me. I want to do as much as I can for myself, but I need support for some things. Lynn is a marvelous help, I couldn’t do without her. She always comes on time and does everything I need her to do, and she always goes the extra mile.”
Lynn has worked for Enliven as a community support worker for seven years. She says her role is to look after the wellbeing of her clients by providing in-home support to help them keep their independence and stay in their own homes.
“It’s not just the physical care, such as personal hygiene, nor is it just about doing the housework. It’s also caring for their emotional and social wellbeing, recognising the signs of unhappiness or loneliness. If I have a client who seems bored or I think they’re too isolated then I’ll recommend social groups for them, like Enliven’s Tai Chi or day programmes.”
Lynn says one of the most important aspects of in-home support is that it puts the family’s mind at rest knowing that someone is coming to care for their loved one when they aren’t available.
“You get to know the person after a while so you can easily notice changes in their health. We make sure the person is completely cared for, emotionally and physically. It’s more involved than just doing a little bit of housework.”