Case study: Roy
As the number of people living in retirement villages looks like it will increase, we speak to one of Bupa's residents, Roy Bycroft, who lives in Bupa Northhaven Village, Whangaparaoa, New Zealand.
Around one in four New Zealanders will, within the next thirty years, be of retirement age, many of whom who may make the decision to move to a retirement village to suit their needs. We ask Roy why he made the decision to live in Bupa Northhaven Village, Whangaparaoa.
I liked the size of the village: it is small and friendly, which suits me perfectly. I also found that Peter Fields, the manager, to be open, honest and very helpful and friendly. He helped me make the right decision for my needsRoy Bycroft
Roy Bycroft, 91 years of age (92 in October) moved to the NZ Northhaven Village, in Whangaparaoa two years ago. He, along with the 33 other residents, have taken to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the village.
"When I decided to move to the Northhaven Village, there were a few deciding factors," he said. "I liked the size of the village: it is small and friendly, which suits me perfectly. I also found that Peter Fields, the manager, to be open, honest and very helpful and friendly. He helped me make the right decision for my needs.”
"I initially moved here as I'd suffered a heart attack. My wife, Edna had been suffering from a long-term illness, so we wanted to be somewhere where I could look after her, but also call on medical help if necessary. Sadly, my wife died last year. I'm comforted though, that her last few years were made comfortable and happy, due to our living in the retirement village. She certainly got a new lease of life during her last few years. “
“I've made some very good friends since I moved here. Making the move may be a difficult decision to make, but for us, it was a change for the better. I love the company of the village - it's wonderful to have so many friends nearby. “
"I've also loved being able to indulge my hobbies. I am a keen gardener, and have established a vegetable garden, where I grow some of my own fresh vegetables. Living in the retirement village has also allowed me to spend as much time as I like in the resident's workshop - I'm a wood turner.
It's been lovely to have the time and space to enjoy my passions once more."
Making the decision to move to a retirement village is a serious one, with many factors to consider. Talking to the retirement village manager, and some of the other residents can help you make an informed decision.
1 http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/older_people/pop-ageing-in-nz.aspx (paragraph on page one, under the graph)