Before she made the transition into full-time care at Enliven’s Reevedon Home Angela worked for Woolworths in Levin collecting up trolleys. There she would burst into song in the carpark, earning her the nickname ‘the singing nightingale of Levin’.
Her job ended on a high note when she and her mother were shouted a trip to Disneyland by Woolworths.
“I liked the ride ‘Small World’- the song and spinning around in the teacups,” says Angela. “And I brought back a giant Mickey Mouse.”
Although Angela’s time working with the public has ended Angela has plenty of opportunities at Reevedon Home to sing her heart out.
“We all get to sing together here. I’m very happy,” she says.
Angela had been coming to Reevedon Home for regular visits over the years and when her house flooded, she moved in permanently.
“We love having Angela with us, she joins in with all the activities and is quite competitive when it comes to bowls,” says enrolled nurse Vicki Close. “She also helps out by keeping an eye on the other residents in the TV lounge, which we call ‘Robin’s Nest.’
Angela also has lots of regular visitors, one friend in particular Joanne, who she has known for years, and her local family also pops in to see her.
In Levin Enliven offers a full continuum of care from independent retirement living to rest home, hospital and dementia care, short-term respite and health recovery care. To learn more about Enliven’s philosophy and services, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call 06 368 7900 (Reevedon Home) or 06 366 0052 (Levin Home).