Willard Home, Palmerston North
At Enliven Central’s Willard Home in Palmerston North you’ll immediately feel right at home. This friendly and welcoming community, exudes warmth and homeliness.
Willard Home has strong community connections and the sound of children’s laughter often fills the halls – that’s because the home has strong ties with the neighbouring school and nearby childcare centre.
At Willard Home we embrace Enliven’s philosophy of care which is based around the internationally recognised Eden Alternative. That means we take every opportunity to make sure elders have companionship, spontaneity, fun, meaningful activity and a sense of purpose in their lives.
This unique home offers specialist care, including:
- vibrant and welcoming rest home care
- short-term respite
Willard Home’s sister site, Brightwater Home, offers hospital and dementia care as well as independent retirement living.
The Enliven philosophy of care
At Enliven, 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.
The Willard Home philosophy of care
At Enliven 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.
At Willard 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.
Click here to read more about the Enliven philosophy of care.
At Willard 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.
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.
Like any Enliven home, at Willard Home there are lots of shared spaces, including the lounges, entertaining areas, 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!
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.
The team at Willard 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
Family and friends
Enliven homes are more than just ‘family friendly’. At Willard 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 Willard Home for a meal, a special event or an outing.
For family and friends visiting from out of town; the Eden Cottage at Willard Home is a comfortable and affordable accommodation option. Set up to accommodate up to three singles, Eden Cottage is equipped with a spacious lounge and separate kitchen and dining area.
Download the Willard Home Eden Cottage flyer.
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.
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.
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 Willard 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.
At Willard 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 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.
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.
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.