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Kowhainui Home, Whanganui

Location88 Virginia Road, Otamatea, Whanganui
Care typeRest home, hospital care, respite, health recovery, day programme
PhilosophyFull Eden Alternative certification
Size5 neighbourhoods (maximum of 79 residents)
Pets PolicyPets welcome
ManagerTrish Boswell
Contact us06 349 1400 or use the form below

The atmosphere at Enliven Central’s Kowhainui Home is bright and easy-going; the people are caring and welcoming. Situated on lovely grounds in the prestigious suburb of Otamatea, this modern, purpose-built facility is a well-known local icon.

At Kowhainui Home we embrace Enliven’s philosophy of care which is based around the internationally recognised Eden Alternative. We are one of just a handful of rest homes in New Zealand to have full Eden Alternative certification; that means we take every opportunity to make sure elders have companionship, spontaneity, fun, meaningful activity and a sense of purpose in their lives.

Kowhainui Home offers a range of positive ageing services, including:

  • vibrant and welcoming rest home care
  • hospital level care for people with complex clinical needs
  • short-term respite
  • health recovery care following illness or surgery
  • an engaging day programme
  • independent living rental units
  • affordable rental units

In addition, Kowhainui Home is adjacent to Kowhainui Village which provides independent retirement living in top-quality, comfortable and affordable licence to occupy villas and townhouses.

The Enliven philosophy of care

At Enliven’s Kowhainui Home, we pride ourselves on providing truly person-centred support.

That means we make sure our care and support helps you achieve the things that are important to you; things like having a sense of community, connections to family, whānau and friends as well as choice, control and independence.

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At Kowhainui Home, you’ll find we truly take the time to get to know each elder; that’s because we know that by getting to know you as an individual we can better support you to live a full and enjoyable life.

The Enliven philosophy embraces two internationally recognised approaches: the Eden Alternative model of care and the Spark of Life approach to dementia care.

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Home-like environment

At Kowhainui Home we work hard to create a warm, welcoming and home-like environment that is very different to the ‘institutional’ aged care set-ups of the past. 

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Rooms

Residents are invited to set their room up just how they like it. We encourage elders to bring along their own familiar things that make them feel at home. Many residents bring items such as photographs, artwork, ornaments, bed covers and even favourite pieces of furniture. Some rooms are large enough to accommodate a television, stereo, radio, dressing tables or other furniture and/or a small fridge.

Shared areas

Like any Enliven home, at Kowhainui Home there are lots of shared spaces, including the lounges, entertaining areas, the recreation room, gardens and courtyards and the dining room. Residents use these spaces whenever they like, to socialise, read, do activities and host visitors. You’ll often find avid conversations happening in the shared spaces!

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Qualified and caring team

At Enliven our staff are not only highly trained, they’re also friendly, caring and embrace an elder-directed philosophy of care.

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The team at Kowhainui Home includes:

  • The manager and office staff who are responsible for the running of the home
  • Health care assistants who support residents on a daily basis
  • Nursing staff, including the clinical nurse manager/care manager and registered nurses who help with medication and other medical treatment
  • Recreation staff who run the recreation programmes and ensure residents are supported to keep up with their hobbies.
  • Chaplains who provide spiritual care to residents
  • Service workers who take care of the cooking, cleaning and laundry

At Kowhainui Home a registered nurse is on duty 24 hours-a-day and our doctor or nurse practitioner visits regularly.

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Family and friends

Enliven homes are more than just ‘family friendly’. At Kowhainui Home family, whānau, friends and the community play a big part of life.

Residents can invite family, whānau and friends to visit at any time – there are no set visiting hours! You’ll often find family and friends joining the elders of Kowhainui Home for a meal, a special event or an outing. 

Family accommodation

For family and friends visiting from out of town; the family suite at Kowhainui Home is a comfortable and affordable accommodation option. The suite is equipped with one double room and two single rooms, as well as a shared bathroom and lounge.

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Delicious meals

At Enliven we like to make sure there is always plenty of nutritious and delicious food to enjoy. Of course, residents’ breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are all provided, but there are always snacks, fruit and morning and afternoon tea treats on hand.

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Enliven’s menus are co-designed by a dietitian and chef to ensure there is plenty of diversity and that the meals are nutritious and satisfying. We are also able to cater for special dietary needs, such as diabetic meals, gluten or dairy free, finger foods or soft food.

Enliven cooks make it their mission to talk with residents often about the foods they like and dislike, and do their best to cater to individual tastes and preferences.

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Pets and animal companions

At Enliven we believe that pets and animal companions can have huge benefits to the health and wellbeing of elders.

Pets can be both calming and energising; they provide companionship, opportunities for physical activity and can calm anxiety, reduce stress and lower blood pressure. That’s why we offer a unique opportunity for elders to move into Kowhainui Home with their pet (as long as the pet gets on with other people and animals, and isn’t too big!).

Hobbies, interests and recreation

The Enliven team is committed to supporting residents to maintain their independence and interests in a way that’s right for them.

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At Kowhainui Home residents enjoy an engaging and stimulating social calendar and recreation programme that runs seven days a week. Planned activities include a wide range of events, social outings, group activities and entertainment. There is also lots of spontaneous activity too, and many elders continue to attend clubs, meetings and groups in the local community.

The home’s group activities, such as baking groups, craft groups, wine-tasting, gardening groups, the Men’s Shed, and book clubs are based on the current residents’ interests. Elders are encouraged to let staff know about their hobbies, interests and passions so we can support them to keep them up.

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Residents call the shots

At Enliven homes, the elders call the shots; it’s all part of being truly elder-focused.

That means residents are involved in decisions around the running of their home. You’ll even find them on the interview panels for new staff.

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It also means that the elders’ daily lives can involve as much or as little structure as they like. We support elders to continue with the routines they’ve enjoyed throughout their lives. For example, waking up and/or getting out of bed at a certain time in the morning, having a cup of tea in bed in their pyjamas before breakfast, having a wine with dinner or perhaps a whiskey before bed.

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