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Granting wishes with Enliven

Granting wishes with Enliven

Longview Home resident June Fairless with nurse Ruth Stormer.

A new wishing well at Enliven’s Longview Home sees the wishes of Tawa elders being granted every month.

Longview Home manager Olwyn Cunningham says residents put wishes into the well and staff draw out one each month, with wishes ranging from the simple things in life to exciting adventures.

“It’s all about supporting our elders to do the things they want to. Some of their wishes and things they never thought they’d do again and this gives us a chance to make it happen for them.”

Olwyn explains that while the wishing well is new to Longview Home, the concept is not.

“Like all Enliven homes, we embrace the Eden Alternative, which is a unique elder-directed model of care. Here, residents are encouraged to have their say in how the homes are run and in what they do,” says Olwyn.

The first wish drawn from the Longview Home wishing well belonged to resident June Fairless, who was craving whitebait fritters for lunch.

Three weeks later, June, along with her daughter, son-in-law and two staff members from Longview Home, took a special trip to a restaurant in Lower Hutt that had whitebait fritters on the menu.

“We were very happy to have the opportunity to grant June’s wish, and we look forward to supporting many more of our elders to fulfil their wishes,” says Olwyn.

Enliven operates five homes in Wellington, including Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, Longview Home in Tawa, Huntleigh Home in Karori and Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore.

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