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.
“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.
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.
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.