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The Enliven philosophy

At Enliven Central our aim is to create elder-centred communities.

Our philosophy recognises that people need to maintain control over their lives, wherever they live and whatever their age. To support this Enliven creates communities where older people have companionship, choice, independence, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives.

At Enliven, we pride ourselves on providing truly person-centred support. 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 and choice, control and independence.

Caring, enabling and supporting; we see the years that went before.

At Enliven, the values of caring, enabling and supporting underpin everything we do.

We are much more than a group of rest homes and retirement villages. We provide more than top quality clinical care and practical daily support. At Enliven, we’ll design a package that helps you achieve the things that are important to you.

Our promise to you is that we’ll spend time getting to know you and tailoring our support to meet your unique needs and goals. We want to support your entire wellbeing – and that means providing emotional, cultural, social and spiritual support, as well as healthcare.

The Eden Alternative

In 2008 Enliven Central introduced the Eden Alternative (Eden) model of care to our homes across the lower North Island. Today, we are still one of the only organisations in New Zealand to be actively practicing this internationally-renowned model of care.

The Eden Alternative changes the way people think about supporting older people. Instead of focusing on what people can’t do, at Enliven we find ways to support elders to enjoy the things they always have. This is recognition that people don’t necessarily change as they age; it’s just their abilities that sometimes change.

Based on the international Eden Alternative principles, Enliven Central’s principles of care are:

  1. The problem: loneliness, helplessness and boredom are the plagues of ageing
  2. The solution: creating an elder-centred community where close contact with animals, nature and people of all ages is part of everyday life.
  3. Companionship is the antidote to loneliness; everyone deserves regular contact with friends or animal companionship.
  4. The opportunity to give as well as receive care; this is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. Our homes are full of variety and spontaneity. This is the antidote to boredom.
  6. Meaningful activity and a sense of purpose keep our spirits alive.
  7. Medical treatment is a partner in care.
  8. Decision making is in the hands of the elders and those closest to them.
  9. We continually grow, adapt and develop.
  10. Wise leadership is needed to help create a thriving elder-centred community.


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Spark of Life dementia care

Our approach to advanced dementia care embraces the Spark of Life, an internationally-renowned philosophy developed by Dementia Care International. This unique approach focuses on returning the sparkle to the eyes of those with advanced dementia and reigniting their passion for life.

The aim of Spark of Life is to enrich the lives of people with dementia and empower them to thrive. It supports Enliven staff and families to interact in ways that keep people with dementia connected to the world around them.

Enliven Central has found the Spark of Life approach, which provides those with dementia the both the emotional and physical care they need, often results in improvement in language, memory, self-esteem and social interactions.