Woburn welcomes new managers

New Woburn Manager Sue Wood (left), and Clinical Nurse Manager Anne Roberts (right) are humbled by the welcome they’ve received from residents and family members


There are new faces at the helm of Enliven’s Woburn Home and Apartments in Lower Hutt. 

Sue Wood joined the Enliven team as the new manager last month, while Anna Roberts recently moved from Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Wellington to take over the role of Clinical Nurse Manager at Woburn Home.

Both women have extensive experience working in healthcare and say they’re passionate about making a difference in elders’ lives.

“What I love about Enliven’s philosophy, which I think is already being put into practice really well here at Woburn Home, is that it’s all about the elders and what they need and want,” says Sue.

“I firmly believe that in order to provide elders with care that is first rate and tailored to their needs, staff really need to know them well on a personal level.” 

Anna agrees and says she’s committed to empowering elders to stay engaged in decisions which affect them and to enjoy a range of choices in their day-to-day lives whenever possible.

“I think it’s so important to pay attention to elders’ emotional wellbeing as well as their physical health, and to understand that finding solutions tailored to residents’ needs often requires much more than simply administering medicine and drugs. 

“True wellbeing is, after all, about feeling happy and able to flourish.”

In the past few weeks, Sue and Anna have been busy getting to know residents and their families, as well as staff. 

Both feel humbled by the welcome they’ve received from residents and family members, and say they’ve been impressed by the Enliven team’s obvious dedication to residents’ wellbeing. 

“It’s obvious that the staff here love what they do, and we’ve heard a lot of great feedback from residents and families about the home, which is really encouraging. 

“We’re looking forward to helping the team here build on their strengths and work together to stay true to the Enliven philosophy,” says Sue.

Enliven’s Woburn Home and Apartments, located on Wai-iti Crescent, Lower Hutt, offers independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as short-term respite, health recovery and a day programme. To learn more about the home or Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call 04 569 6400.


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