Kandahar Home delighted by resident’s gift

Kelvin appreciates his brand new workshop, set up by Enliven staff to enable him to continue his passion.


Enliven’s Kandahar Home in Masterton is delighted to have received a gift of tools and equipment from resident Kelvin Thacker.

Kelvin, a passionate bone carver, says he hopes the tools will help staff support other residents stay connected to their hobbies, just as they did for him when he moved in earlier this year.

“As soon as the staff here heard I was into bone carving, they started thinking of ways to help me carry on with it. They’ve put a lot of work into setting up a nice little workshop area in the shed specifically for me and I really appreciate that.

“Kandahar Home is now in the process of renovating the shed so that other residents can use the area for their hobbies too, so I am hoping that these tools will help as many residents as possible to make the most of the new space when it’s completed.”

Kandahar Home manager Peter Newman says helping elders stay connected to the things they love is a key part of Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy.

“We’re passionate about helping elders maintain their zest for life, and an important part of that is helping them to continue those activities which have brought them joy throughout their lives. We follow the Enliven philosophy, after all, which emphasises the importance of meaningful activity to elders’ wellbeing. 

“Many residents here already take part regularly in activities like arts and crafts, music, games and quizzes, bowls, and van outings. Kelvin’s gift will help us to offer residents even more choice in their day-to-day lives and to get even more creative as we help support them to make the most of life. Needless to say, we’re thrilled.”

The Enliven philosophy is based on the internationally-recognised Eden Alternative model of care and encourages elders to enjoy choice, independence, fun, meaningful activity and companionship, including regular contact with animals and nature.

To learn more about Kandahar Home, located on Roberts Road, Masterton, or to learn more about Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call 06 370 0447.


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