On 3 October, our newest care home’s residents moved in. Slowly at first, new residents began to arrive. Three in the first week, another three in the second with increasing numbers in the weeks that followed.
The Care Centre is now filling fast with more than 50% of the 40 rooms occupied. “It’s been a very busy and exciting time for staff and residents. We are all getting to know the building and enjoying getting to know each other”, says Jacqui Boylen Enliven Wanaka Manager.
Jacqui manages both Enliven Wanaka residential care homes, Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven.
“In this opening phase it has been wonderful to have the support of our experienced Elmslie House staff. We are working as a team to make sure our new residents feel comfortable and welcome in their new home” she said.
The Aspiring Enliven Care Centre has been made possible through a partnership arrangement between Presbyterian Support Otago and the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village, on whose land the property has been built.
The opening of the Centre is a long anticipated event for locals Dee and Peter Gordon, founders of Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village (pictured above with PSO Chairman David Richardson). The Gordon's initiated the project in response to local demand with the dream of developing a retirement village that includes rest home, hospital and dementia care.
“It is fantastic to reach this stage of the project. People in the district now have greater access to quality aged care,” said Dee Gordon at the opening event.