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Choosing a rest home can be a stressful and difficult task, but one Wellington retiree is reassuring others they’ll know when the rest home is right.
“It’s a feeling you get,” says former Miramar resident Harold Williams who moved to Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville with his wife in July last year.
Harold explains that choosing the right home when he and his wife couldn’t manage at home anymore wasn’t easy, and the couple visited many homes before they found theirs.
“I said to my boys that ‘this is the place – mum and I will be happy here’,” says Harold.
“I’ve never regretted the day we moved in and I recommend to everyone to visit Cashmere Heights. I was drawn to this home for the big spacious rooms and the layout of the place, and what made me stay was the staff. I’m very happy here.”
He says the staff make Cashmere feel like home.
“The staff are lovely, I can’t speak highly enough of them. From the management to the kitchen hand, they are all wonderful. They make you feel so welcome.”
Harold says soon after moving in he took up the job of looking after Cashmere Heights Home’s new chickens.
“They asked me if I would like a job and I said I’d love one, so I began looking after the home’s new chooks. I let them out of their house in the morning, put them away at night and collect the eggs,” says Harold.
“There are four chooks and they lay about three eggs a day. I enjoy having little jobs. I also help set the tables for lunch every day.”
Harold says he and his wife Dawn enjoyed living together at Cashmere Heights Home, but Dawn passed away in October last year.
“She was very sick but she never complained. They were so lovely to my wife. We were Married 64 years,” says Harold.
“My boy asked me if I wanted to shift to another home to be a bit closer to him after Dawn died but I said no. I’m happy at Cashmere Heights. I know everybody and they are very nice here. I wouldn’t want to go to any other home.”
Johnsonville’s Cashmere Heights Home and sister-site Cashmere Home are operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. The homes provide rest home, hospital and palliative care, including short term respite and health recovery.
For more information about Cashmere Heights Home or Cashmere Home, both located on Helston Road in Johnsonville, or other Enliven services in Wellington, free phone 0508 36 54 83 (that’s 0508 ENLIVEN) or click here.