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Kilmarnock Heights Home heads to Wairarapa

Kilmarnock Heights Home heads to Wairarapa

Kilmarnock resident Bob Burch with his daughters Pippa and Lisa.
Kilmarnock resident Bob Burch with his daughters Pippa and Lisa.

Residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home have been spending the summer taking trips near and far. A recent outing included the day in the Wairarapa after a resident invited his home mates to visit his daughter’s restaurant, the Gladstone Inn.

Bob Burch, along with other residents, staff and one of his daughters left Kilmarnock Heights Home early in the morning to make their way to Carterton.

Kilmarnock recreation officer Annelize Steyn says they planned the trip especially for Bob after he said he wanted to visit his daughter’s restaurant in the Wairarapa.

“We went to the Gladstone Inn, which is owned by Bob’s daughter and her partner. It was really great, not only for Bob but for the other residents as well. We saw beautiful countryside and it was a lovely sunny day.”

After a few cold ones followed by lunch and light dessert, it was time to say goodbye with a promise to visit again.

“Bob felt so proud to take his friends to meet his daughter and share the beautiful setting with them. You could tell by how his face lit up with a big smile on his face that the outing meant a lot to him.”

Organising the outing meant Bob was able to travel to Carterton safely.

“Because of his health it would be difficult for him to go on long trips like that without a carer and a suitable vehicle, so it was really good for the daughters to have the opportunity to take him there again,” explains Annelize.

“Supporting the residents to do the things they want to do is a huge part of our work. This is their home, we’re just here to support them.”

Kilmarnock Heights Home, along with other Enliven homes, use the elder-direct model of care, called the Eden Alternative.

Annelize explains Eden focuses on providing opportunities for variety and spontaneity, companionship, contact with children and animals, continuing hobbies and meaningful activity.

“The residents tell us what they would like to do and we do our best to find a way to make it happen for them. Instead of focusing on what people can’t do, we support them to continue doing the things they’ve always done.”

To find out more about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz, or click here.

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