Residential aged care

There are nine Enliven residential aged care homes in Otago delivering a range of services including rest home, dementia and hospital level care for older people.

Information about the features, care levels and availability at each Enliven property is provided below.  "Life goes on", a 30 minute Dunedin Television documentary about life in residential care also provides a very useful insight and includes interviews with residents, family and staff.


Enliven care homes are consistently ranked amongst New Zealand’s best. All hold Ministry of Health Certification and achieve high levels of resident satisfaction in key areas of service including the caring nature of our staff and the quality of care provided.

There are four steps toward your move to an Enliven community.

  1. Assessment by the Southern District Health Board’s Aged Care Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) service is a requirement of entry. The NASC provides assessment to identify your level of need for ongoing health care and support. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, the assessor may authorise entry into residential aged care. Visit for more information on the NASC service or talk to your GP.
  2. Contact your preferred Enliven care home or homes, to check availability and arrange a personal meeting with the care home manager. At this meeting the manager will talk with you about your preferences, provide an admission pack and answer any questions you may have.
    Be sure to talk to the care home manager Manager about the different room types provided in the home. The majority of our homes have both standard rooms and premium rooms available.
    Premium rooms attract an extra charge to reflect their additional features. Premium rooms vary in each Enliven home and may include: improved furnishings; a private ensuite; access to an outside area, and a TV fitted on the wall.
    The extra cost for a premium room ranges from $7.80 to $28.00 per day.
    The meeting may also be followed by a tour of the property. Please allow up to 90 minutes for this visit.
  3. Return your completed admission pack to the Enliven care home manager. There are number of forms for completion in the admission pack and it may be helpful to have a family member or friend assist you. Should you have any questions regarding the contents of the admission pack, please contact your preferred Enliven care home for assistance.
  4. Move in. Moving from your current home will require some planning and preparation. Allow yourself time for this transition. Your Enliven care home and its residents will have a lot of information and advice to share about local services that can assist you with the practicalities of moving. Please ask us.

To make an appointment or find out more about Enliven residential aged care services, call 03 477 7115 or email


View our Aged Care Covid Policies, including visiting protocols in our Enliven Carehomes