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Fond memories for Willard Home resident

Fond memories for Willard Home resident

Willard Home resident Aileen Burr.
Willard Home resident Aileen Burr.

Having volunteered at Enliven’s Willard Home for many years, Manawatu retiree Aileen Burr knew that when she needed rest home care there was no place she’d rather be.

Now in her nineties, Aileen has returned to Willard Home to live.

Aileen’s affiliation with Willard Home began in 1985, twenty years after the home was opened by Presbyterian Support.

“My brother-in-law was on the Willard board that managed the day-to-day running of the home and he asked me if I could help by volunteering to be the treasurer,” Aileen explains.

Aileen expected her role as treasurer to last a few months, but she found she enjoyed it so much that she continued to volunteer for several years.

“It was about just being involved with something, something that was meaningful and helped others.”

Aileen says her husband was also involved with Willard Home, which makes living there now feel even more homely and familiar.

“We both got involved at the same time about 30 years ago. He retired from his building career and started volunteering at Willard as a handyman,” Aileen explains.

“I moved to Willard in May last year after spending some time in hospital. My husband lives here too, he moved in just five days before me. All the people here are very nice and the staff look after us well. There was no thought of going anywhere else. Living here brings back fond memories.”

Willard Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care from its location at 17 Russell Street in Palmerston North.

Enliven provides a range of services in the Manawatu, including vibrant rest homes with hospital and dementia care as well as respite and health recovery, boutique retirement villages, handy in-home support services and stimulating day programmes.

For more information about Willard Home click here.

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