Enliven | Positive Ageing Services

We believe everybody
deserves to enjoy life,
whatever their age

Eden, the Enliven difference
Eden, the Enliven difference

At Enliven, we pride ourselves on providing truly elder-centred care and support.

We are much more than a group of rest homes and retirement villages. We provide more than top quality clinical care and daily support. At Enliven, we’ll design a package of support that helps you achieve the things that are important to you.

At Enliven, we believe that people can maintain their independence and have a sense of purpose and fun in their lives whatever their age and circumstances.

In 2008 Enliven Central introduced the Eden Alternative (Eden) – an elder-directed model of care that aims to ensure the elders of Enliven’s homes and villages have companionship, variety, fun, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives. Today, Enliven Central is still one of the only organisations in the country to be actively practicing the Eden Alternative.

Why the Eden Alternative?

Government funding covers the basics of residential care for older New Zealanders. This includes things such as food, warmth and health care, but at Enliven Central we wanted to provide much more than that.

The Eden Alternative changes the way people think about supporting older people. Instead of focusing on what people can’t do, Enliven Central will support you to continue doing the things you’ve always done. This is recognition that people don’t necessarily change as they age; it’s just their abilities that sometimes change.

At Enliven, we pride ourselves on providing truly person-centred support. That means we make sure our care and support helps you achieve the things that are important to you; things like having a sense of community, connections to family, whānau and friends and choice, control and independence.

Enliven’s Eden Alternative principles

Enliven’s philosophy of care is based on the internationally recognised Eden Alternative principles:

  • The problem: loneliness, helplessness and boredom are the plagues of ageing
  • The solution: creating an elder-centred community where close contact with animals, nature and people of all ages is part of everyday life.
  • Companionship is the antidote to loneliness; everyone deserves regular contact with friends or animal companionship.
  • The opportunity to give as well as receive care; this is the antidote to helplessness.
  • Our homes are full of variety and spontaneity. This is the antidote to boredom.
  • Meaningful activity and a sense of purpose keep our spirits alive.
  • Medical treatment is a partner in care.
  • Decision making is in the hands of the elders and those closest to them.
  • We continually grow, adapt and develop.
  • Wise leadership is needed to help create a thriving elder-centred community