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New faces at Reevedon Home

New faces at Reevedon Home

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Davina Rawiri.
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Shelley Mills.

For staff at Enliven’s Reevedon Home in Levin, working in aged care isn’t just about the clinical side of things.

Clinical nurse manager Shelley Mills and recreation officer Davina Rawiri have joined the tight-knit team recently and say they love the environment the home offers.

Shelley, who has 25 years experience in nursing, says companionship and meaningful activity can be just as important as medicine.

“I see aged care as an opportunity to enhance the lives of the people we look after. That’s why I like Reevedon’s model of care – they’re focused on enhancing the lives of the people we look after in every aspect, not just the clinical side.”

Shelley says that’s because all Enliven homes, such as Reevedon Home and Levin Home for War Veterans, use the Eden Alternative, an elder-directed model of care focused on the resident.

“Enliven concentrates on the fact that we work where they live, they don’t live where we work. It’s about providing much more that clinical care, it’s about providing them with companionship, a sense of purpose and meaningful activity.”

The Eden principles touch on ideas such as variety and spontaneity, companionship, contact with animals and children, continuing hobbies and residents being part of the decision making.

“Eden changes the way people think about supporting older people. Instead of focusing on what people can’t do, we support them to continue doing the things they’ve always done.”

For recreation officer Davina Rawiri, who came from another Enliven home in Johnsonville, moving to Reevedon Home has allowed her to continue working to a philosophy she’s passionate about.

“Being able to continue my role in an Eden home is great because it means we use the same model of care. You can tell Eden makes a true difference to the overall wellbeing of our residents.”

She believes that recreation, whether it is gardening, painting, social events, exercise or watching a movie, are vital parts of our everyday living.

“Our interests, hobbies and passions make us unique whatever our age. They motivate and challenge us, give us fulfillment, a sense of belonging, purpose, and achievement. Without meaningful activity, people can’t truly thrive.”

To find out more about Reevedon Home click here. For more information about the philosophy of care provided by Enliven, click here.

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