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Thursday November 12, 2015

‘Nothing compares’ to the Eden Alternative

Kilmarnock Heights Home’s new clinical manager Anna Roberts.

Nothing seems to compare to Enliven’s model of care. That’s the view of Kilmarnock Heights Home’s new clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts, who has returned to work at the Enliven home after six years of nursing at other rest homes. The skilled nurse was first introduced to Enliven’s model of care, the Eden Alternative, when she started at Kilmarnock Heights Home as a health care assistant 12 years ago. After many years of training and gaining experience at other aged care facilities, Anna says Enliven’s philosophy of care is part of the reason why she’s returned to Kilmarnock Heights Home. “I have worked in many aged care facilities and nothing quite compares to the Eden model of care,” Anna explains.

“Eden is about the bigger picture; everyone is working to prevent helplessness, loneliness and boredom in elders and it truly works. Kilmarnock is such a vibrant and happy home that feels like one big family.” The Eden Alterative is a unique model of care used by all Enliven homes to provide much more than healthcare alone. “It’s more to do with giving elders independence and empowerment to do as much as they can do for themselves, and creating ways where they can be fulfilled throughout their days,” Anna explains. “While my role is to manage the clinical side of things at the home, it is just as important that we concentrate on our elder’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing.”

Anna says Enliven is one of the few providers in New Zealand to be using the Eden philosophy. “Eden puts the decision making back into the hands of the residents and re-enforces the fact that we work in their home, they don’t live where we work,” says Anna. “It’s really nice to work in an environment where that’s encouraged. It’s what makes Kilmarnock a home, not a facility.”  Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, 20 Morton Street, Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.

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