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Valerie’s story: Making the Move to a Retirement Village

We chat to Valerie about her decision to move to a Bupa retirement village to be with her husband Walter.


Walter enjoying an outing with Valerie

Valerie and her husband Walter moved to the Bay of Plenty 23 years ago in search for warmer weather, after spending 23 years living in Ohakune. Naturally, they chose to retire in the Bay of Plenty. With Walter needing extra support he moved into Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Care Home six years ago. Valerie would make the half an hour commute from their home in Matata to visit Walter. “After two years of driving to visit Walter and with my deteriorating eyesight I made the decision to move to the retirement village at Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge,” says, Valerie.

“Walter was very settled at Bupa Te Puke, so I didn’t want to move him,” says Valerie. She has now been living at Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village for three and a half years. “Having a villa on the same site as the care home means we can still have daily contact,” says Valerie.

There are plenty of opportunities for residents to socialise and try out new hobbies. Valerie plays Rummikub weekly and Housie on Saturdays. “Walter attends Housie with me, we really enjoy it. There is something for everyone,” says Valerie.

Valerie and Walter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May at Bupa Te Puke. “It’s my home. The friendliness of the staff and the other residents is lovely, we all really care about each other,” says Valerie. “It’s really special to have your loved one right next door and to be able to visit them daily and be close by if Walter needs me,” says Valerie.

If you are considering making the move or would to find out more, view Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village or view the Care Home.

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