There are many reasons people give for moving into a retirement village. But according to industry experts, security is almost always part of the equation.
Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, is just one retirement village provider that hears that message almost daily.
Enliven operates seven retirement villages, including Reevedon Village in Levin, 15 rest homes and offers in-home support across the lower North Island. It believes the most common reason behind a move to a retirement village is peace of mind.
“Some people want to get away from the worry and cost of looking after the family home; some come for the companionship and security, while others want the freedom to do the things they really love while we care of the hard work – no more lawns or property maintenance!” says Enliven General Manager Nicola Turner.
“Enliven’s retirement villages have been set up so that people can continue their life as normal with their friends, interests and hobbies. You could say it’s a change of address, rather than a change of lifestyle.
“The biggest difference is they can enjoy being surrounded by people at a similar stage of life and know help is on hand from our adjoining rest homes if needed,” says Nicola.
But for residents at Enliven’s retirement villages there is another great benefit – they know they’re supporting future generations.
“As a not for profit organisation, any profits from our retirement villages goes toward supporting services for vulnerable children, families and older people.
“Many of our residents tell us it is nice to know their money is supporting future generations of New Zealanders, rather than going into the pockets of shareholders,” says Nicola.
For more information about the peace of mind of a retirement village call 0800 36 54 83 (that’s 0800 ENLIVEN) or visit www.psc.org.nz. Alternatively, for more information about Reevedon Retirement Village call the Village Agent, Allan Davidson on 06 366 0444 to arrange a viewing.