Plenty on offer at Kowhainui Home’s day programme

Designed to bring elders together for social engagement, Kowhainui's Day Programmes provide a range of fun and interactive activities for older people in the community.

Bowls, bingo and Scrabble are just some of the favourite games played by attendees of Kowhainui Home’s day programme.

Cooking or gardening are other options if that is more suited, Kowhainui Home manager Trish Boswell says.

“The activities are tailored to the group’s interests and are flexible enough to happen in a way that suits the attendees.”

The day programme is designed to provide a place for elders to socialise, as well as providing relief for carers – especially if a family member is providing a majority of the care at home.

“The day programme is also available for those who are living alone and might want some interconnectedness with others,” Trish adds.

Those who are interested but unsure about the day programme are usually invited along to see if it suits them.

Kowhainui Home diversional therapy team leader Frances Craven says they can also provide an activities calendar to anyone who is interested so they get a good idea of what goes on.

The home can organise a van to collect day programme attendees and take them back home in the afternoons.

“It works well for people who are living alone and are not quite ready for permanent care but might want some company,” Trish says.

The day programme runs on Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am until 3pm. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided.

Enliven’s Kowhainui Home and Villages in Otamatea offers independent retirement living, rest home and hospital level care, as well as short-term respite, health recovery care and an engaging day programme. For more information call the friendly team on 06 349 1400

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