This time next week, four residents from Glendale Retirement Home in Dunedin will be boarding the Pacific Jewel cruise ship and heading to sunny Fiji.
The residents, accompanied by four staff from the retirement home, will spend eight nights at sea.
Retirement home diversional therapist, Gayleen Dunn, told the Otago Daily Times that it’s nice for the residents to “go on a holiday and look forward to something”.
This will be the first time any of the residents have been on a cruise ship. Ms Dunn says everyone is looking forward to escaping winter and enjoying activities like dancing and sunbathing.
For one resident, Patrick Byrnes, it will be the first time he has left New Zealand.
Village Guide founder Paula Bishop says it’s wonderful to see rest homes arranging excursions like this for their residents.
“They are going to have a lovely time – I wish I could join them! What a wonderful opportunity. Talk about above-and-beyond care from Glendale Retirement Home,” says Paula.
“Holidays are excellent for people’s wellbeing, and I’m sure the Glendale residents will be reaping the benefits of a trip like this for months to come.”