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Kandahar elders commute to Wellington

Kandahar elders commute to Wellington

Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court residents reach their destination.

Commuting to Wellington City by train may be a monotonous task for some, but it’s a trip Kandahar Home and Court’s train-loving residents look forward to.

Residents from the two Enliven homes in Masterton took the train to Wellington recently to enjoy the sights the capital city has to offer.

Recreation officer Di McCuish explains staff and residents regularly organise trips and outings that see the home’s residents getting out and about exploring the region.

“Late last month some of the residents suggested it would be nice to take the train to Wellington, so we got organising and took a group of residents who were keen for a change of scenery,” says Di.

“The manager [Mike Keyworth] met us at Wellington train station with the home’s van so we could tour around the city.”

The group drove around the bays and had a picnic lunch before heading back home over the Rimutaka Hill.

“The residents absolutely loved it. Words like marvellous and fantastic were being thrown around. The train ride triggered lots of memories for the elders and at least one resident said he’ll never forget it,” says Di.

This was the case for Kandahar Home resident Barbara Ritchie, who recalled fond memories from her childhood.

“I love the train. I used to take the train a lot as a child and there’s something about it that’s quite enjoyable,” says Barbara.

Manager Mike Keyworth explains that getting out and about is a key part of Enliven’s unique model of care, the Eden Alternative.

“Our model of care is about more than just clinical care, it’s also about making sure that the elders of Kandahar have companionship, fun, variety, spontaneity, meaning and purpose in their lives. After all, it’s those things that make life worth living!” Mike explains.

He says the elders of Kandahar Home and Court will always be supported to remain connected with their communities.

“We do all we can to support our residents to keep active and involved in the things they enjoy. Often that means getting out of home and enjoying what the greater region has to offer.”

Masterton’s Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court are operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provide a full spectrum of aged care including, rest home, hospital, and dementia care. Both homes are also able to offer short-term respite and health recovery care.

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