Rest-home residents, staff celebrate love

Diamond couple . . . Celebrating Valentine's Day are Victor and Ann Braddick, who live together at the Radius Elloughton Gardens rest home and are still very much in love after 60 years of marriage. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


The Radius Elloughton Gardens rest-home had a special Valentine’s Day lunch last Friday for residents and their partners to celebrate lasting love.

Facility manager Kim Harris said the activities team knew that many of the residents could not easily go to a restaurant, so they decided to bring the restaurant to them.

Romantic day in . . . Elloughton residents enjoy a special lunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“They filled the dining room with red tablecloths and roses and the couples got to enjoy the beautiful views that the 1893 historical homestead offers.

“They even rustled up goodie bags and a photo booth.”

The staff at Elloughton also had a day out for Valentine’s Day.

Selfie time . . . Elloughton staff and family pose for a selfie on the farm. (from left) Anju James, Manvi Maneesh, Sajitha Suresh, Renjith Bhasker, Dhyan Renjith, Sreeja Mulekunnel, Kim Harris, Caleb Harris, Chop the dog, Grant Harris, Blessy Varghese, Akhila George, and Priyanka Joseph. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ms Harris organised an outing to her small farm in Geraldine, which she shares with her family, cattle, chickens, and pets.

The Elloughton nurses had an entertaining day driving tractors, taking selfies with cows and cooking a barbecue.

Many of them had never visited a New Zealand farm before, so it was a fantastic showcase of the rural experiences in Canterbury.


Joy ride .. Akhila George drives the tractor at Kim Harris’ farm in Geraldine.

Many of the essential workers had been separated from loved ones since the start of the pandemic due to the closed border.

A number of Elloughton’s registered nurses from overseas were away from their partners, so had been feeling homesick, with no date to look forward to seeing them again.