Community spirit strong at Coombrae says new manager

New Coombrae Home and Village manager Stephen Prabhakaran


“When you walk through the doors at Coombrae Home it’s got such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, I’m really looking forward to working here.”

This from the new manager of Enliven’s Coombrae Home and Village, Stephen Prabhakaran, who says the friendly staff and the welcoming residents, really makes Coombrae something special.

Stephen has worked in aged care across the Manawatu and Whanganui region and also India for many years. Since officially taking the reigns earlier this month, Stephen has been impressed by the home’s community atmosphere and caring staff. 

“In the short time since I started, I can really feel the strong community spirit present at Coombrae Home.  I’ve seen visits from school groups, churches and even a number of volunteers who visit daily. They come in and spend time with the residents, they make them laugh, they do arts and crafts – they are truly adding joy and excitement to the residents lives”.

Stephen has also enjoyed meeting the residents of Coombrae Village which neighbours onto Coombrae Home. 

“All the elders I’ve met at Coombrae Village have been so welcoming and it’s clear they enjoy living here.”

“There’s a lovely feel to both Coombrae Home and Village, the staff are extremely welcoming and the residents just seem so content and fulfilled.”

The dedicated new manager says he’s enjoying getting to know the residents and finding out what makes them tick.

“I want to make sure the elders have the opportunity to make the most of every day and enjoy their time at Coombrae. Older adults have contributed hugely to society and deserve to feel safe, happy and cared for,” Stephen says.

Enliven’s Coombrae Home and Village, located on North Street in Feilding, offers independent retirement villas, rest home and dementia care, short-term respite, as well as a day programme. To learn more visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call 06 323 4491.


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