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Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans and Reevedon Home took out prizes at the annual Presbyterian Support Central Quality and Innovation Awards in May.
The awards, run by the not-for-profit organisation that operates Enliven and Family Works, celebrate and recognise the great initiatives and outstanding work of staff. The awards ceremony was held at Levin Home, with staff from across the lower North Island attending.
Levin Home for War Veterans won the Going Beyond the Call of Duty Award for their Annual ANZAC service, an award recognising staff for consistently going above and beyond to make a positive difference to the lives of residents.
Enliven general manager Nicola Turner says ANZAC Day at Levin Home is an emotional, cultural, significant and humbling experience.
“Each year the staff ensure ANZAC Day is acknowledged, commemorated and respected in a way that’s fitting for the home’s residents,” Nicola explains.
“The dedication of staff means residents are supported to be involved in ANZAC Day commemorations, regardless of their medical or physical ability.”
She says many staff volunteering their time on the day and in the lead up to ensure the ANZAC commemorations run smoothly and all residents can be involved in the way they want to be.
Levin Home’s Veterans Arms was runner-up for the Best Eden Initiative Award recognises those who truly embrace Enliven’s elder-directed model of care, called the Eden Alternative, by introducing initiatives that encourage and facilitate companionship, spontaneity, purpose and meaningful activity.
“The Veterans Arms has become increasingly popular with residents and the local community, giving residents with more opportunities for friendships, spontaneity, choice, and control, while staying connected with the community,” says Nicola.
Levin Home’s sister site, Reevedon Home, also operated by Enliven, was runner up for the Demonstrable Improvement to the Lives of Residents Award for their falls improvement initiative.
The home’s programme, introduced by the care team, included decluttering rooms and encouraging residents to take part in a regular exercise programme.
The success has been so outstanding that the project has been recognised by Quality Performance Systems (QPS) benchmarking as a preventative approach for consistent improvement in their falls rate.