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Feel at home at Huntleigh

Feel at home at Huntleigh

Huntleigh Home resident Effie Duff.
Huntleigh Home resident Effie Duff.

91-year-old Effie Duff was beginning to feel like living on her own was becoming hazardous. That’s why she decided to make the move to Enliven’s Huntleigh Home; a place where she could feel safe again.

“Everything has just slowed down for me and I got to the point where I couldn’t live by myself anymore,” Effie explains.

“I had a couple of frights by falling over but luckily there were no breaks – you don’t break your bones at 91 and get away with it!”

Effie’s daughter suggested she should take a look at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori.

“When I came to look around I realised that it was well staffed and I thought the care would be good so I decided to move in – I certainly wasn’t disappointed!”

Effie says she was instantly made to feel at home when she moved in last August.

“One of the first things they told me was this is my home now, which made me feel at ease.”

She says life at Huntleigh Home is a busy one; there’s never a shortage of things to do.

“They really work to keep us busy and active and I think that’s important because it brings you out of yourself and takes your mind off things like your health,” Effie explains.

“They have a van which takes eight people and we go on all sorts of trips and they have indoor bowls which I quite enjoy. There’s always plenty to do.”

Having help on hand at Huntleigh Home helps to put Effie’s mind at ease and she says it gives her family peace of mind, too.

“Moving in here means my family doesn’t have to worry about me,” Effie explains.

“The staff are friendly and welcoming, they’re cheerful, very capable and they love what they do. I feel at home here”

Enliven’s Huntleigh Home, located at 221 Karori Road in Karori, is owned by the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and specialises in rest home and hospital level care. For more information about Huntleigh Home, call 04 464 2020, email huntleigh@psc.org.nz or click here.

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