Happy retirement: Elaine Wells, right, with her Invercargill boss Lynn Morton


A special friend of many Wakatipu elderly folk has retired herself.

Elaine Wells has been Presbyterian Support Southland’s (PSS) SupportLink Wakatipu coordinator for the past 18 years – pictured with her Invercargill boss, Lynn Morton, at a farewell function earlier this month.

In her role she organised trained volunteers to hang out with local home-based elderly, and managed PSS’s Frankton Court retirement village.

Wells says only one of the village’s current 20 residents was there before she arrived – while another special resident, Alex McBurney, turned 100 this past Saturday.

“They are a great community.

“They all look after each other – if someone’s drapes aren’t drawn, they’re letting you know.”

Morton says having Wells’ local knowledge and support for the community was tremendous.

“Apart from that, her willingness to go above and beyond has been just awesome.”

Wells says the secret to looking after the elderly is “compassion, caring and an ability to listen”.

Meanwhile, her replacement is Cherie Morgan-McGrory.