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Winter wellbeing for older kiwis

Enliven, the aged care arm of Presbyterian Support Central, is appealing to the community to support the region’s older residents.

The not-for-profit organisation’s Wellbeing Appeal is raising funds to support a programme that helps ensure the region’s elders feel engaged, valued and happy.

Enliven Residential General Manager Nicola Turner explains that for many older New Zealanders, winter can be a particularly dark, cold and lonely time.

“Winter can be difficult especially for older people who are living alone,” says Nicola. “The cold and wet weather means they’re forced to stay indoors, and not as many visitors call in.
On top of that, some people struggle to manage the home and keep warm,” she explains.
This often leads to an increase in people seeking the support of Enliven’s rest homes, either as a resident or through the homes day activity programmes.

“Whatever they’re looking for, we make sure we provide more than just the basics. Our services are focused on supporting older people to maintain their independence and continue doing the things they love,” explains Ms Turner.

The money raised through Enliven’s Wellbeing Appeal will support a varied and elder-directed programme of recreation activities at Enliven’s rest homes. “The programme is driven by the residents; we just support them to continue to do the things they’ve always enjoyed. It’s one way we support residents to feel engaged and valued. After all, it’s important to us all to feel we have control and purpose in our lives, whatever our age.”

To make a donation to Enliven’s elder-directed recreation programmes call 0508 TO HELP (864 357), email support@psc.org.nz or make an online donation.

Enliven homes in Wellington region include Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore, Huntleigh Home in Karori and Cashmere and Aotea Homes in Johnsonville. Enliven also offers in-home support services and operates Woburn and Huntleigh Retirement Apartments. For more information about Enliven services call 0800 ENLIVEN (that’s 0800 36 54 83).

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