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Supporting independence with Enliven

Supporting independence with Enliven

Enliven has been providing in-home support services for 20 years, but recently the service caught the attention of Labour MP Grant Robertson. He visited one of Enliven’s Community Support clients and their support worker in Mirimar to find out what a day in the life of a support worker looked like.

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Labour MP Grant Robertson with Wesley Armstrong and Enliven community support worker Tamara Baddeley.

“Community support workers do such important work and I don’t think as a nation we value what support workers do.”

Enliven Community Support General Manager Bronwyn Williams says Grant Robertson’s visit was a great opportunity to show New Zealand politicians what community support services consist of.

“We really value the work of our support workers, our services depend on their good will and their passion for caring.”

Bronwyn says Enliven has about 450 community support workers between Wellington and Taranaki who help people to stay independent at home for as long as possible.

“Our support workers don’t do everything for them, they support them so they can keep their independence. Without support workers many people would have no choice but to move into rest home care.”

Community Support Worker Tamara Baddeley has worked in aged care for most of her life. She began her career working in rest homes and for the last 14 years she has cared for people in the comfort of their own homes.

“My daughter started school and rest home shift work didn’t fit with being a solo mum, so I changed to community support for the flexibility and it’s been great.”

Tamara’s client Wesley Armstrong says she visits him three times a day to help keep his health in check and assist with everyday tasks.
“It’s amazing what Community Support Workers do and she’s great company.”

Enliven Central provides a full range of community support services for people who want to maintain, or regain their independence at home. Click here to find out more about Enliven Community Support services. 

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