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Ken Taylor is a regular at Kilmarnock Heights Home's Day Guest Programme
Ken Taylor is a regular at Kilmarnock Heights Home’s Day Guest Programme

Eighty three year old Miramar resident, Ken Taylor hasn’t let losing a leg damage his social life.

The keen bowler had to retire from his 30 year passion after his leg was amputated four years ago. But instead of letting the reduced mobility impact on his social life, he headed to Enlivens day activity programme at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore.

As well as providing Ken with a busy social calendar, the day activity programme gives his wife a break from caring for him.

“My wife does a lot for me at home as I’m not as mobile as I used to be. It’s tiring for her so I come to Kilmarnock Heights on Wednesdays and Thursdays to give her a break,” explains Ken.

“She’s a keen lawn bowler, so she often spends the days playing with friends. It’s a shame that I can’t go with her anymore but I have a great time coming here to Kilmarnock Heights Home. There’s always an activity or outing that I can get involved in and I’ve made some new friends. It’s not a dull place that’s for sure – it’s full of life!”

Ken’s is one of an increasing number of people making use of Kilmarnock Heights Home’s shuttle bus. “It’s great because the staff from Kilmarnock Heights Home pick me up and drop me off home too so my wife doesn’t have to taxi me around. It’s really useful.

“I really enjoy my days at Kilmarnock Heights Home, its warm and welcoming, we have a hearty lunch, and it’s a great way to get out and about and socialise.”

Alongside their day activity programme, Kilmarnock Heights Home offers a respite service where people can stay for a few days or weeks while family or carers take a break. To find out more about Kilmarnock Heights Home, call (04) 380 2034.

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