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Willard Home resident Daisy York.
Willard Home resident Daisy York.

At 96 years old, Palmerston North’s Daisy York is encouraging other Manawatu elders to think about the benefits of rest home living.

While many people find the thought of moving into care daunting, for Daisy moving to Enliven’s Willard Home was an easy transition.

Daisy explains the thought of having companionship and peace of mind is what helped make her mind up to move.

“It was a big decision but I made my own mind up to come here,” says Daisy.

“I lived on my own for seven years and for some time I’ve been losing my balance. I don’t have any family in New Zealand so I had to depend on my friends and getting out of the house became trickier.”

But as she got older, Daisy says seeing her friends became more difficult.

“As time went on I realised that I needed more people around me because I was getting quite isolated.”

That’s when she started looking at rest homes and decided Willard Home in Russell Street was the right place for her.

“I went around the different homes with friends and when we came to Willard it was so warm and so welcoming, and my friend said that she thought it was a good place, too.”

With her new home found, Daisy packed her bags and moved to Willard Home in April last year.

“I never thought I would go into care, but there’s always someone that is capable of looking after you if you’re unwell. The staff are very caring and loving, and I’ve made some good friends,” says Daisy.

“The welcoming atmosphere is what I like the most. You feel as though everyone is happy to see you. It’s a friendly place where people always say hello and ask how you are. It’s very much my home now.”

Willard Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home care from its location at 17 Russell Street in Palmerston North.

To see if Willard Home is the right fit for you or your loved one, click here.

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