What we can tell you is that becoming a village resident can be a great new chapter and can offer the opportunity to make a fresh start with some like-minded friends. A retirement village offers a community-type feel and atmosphere with the benefits of still having privacy and maintaining your independence.
Living in a village means you will be freed from the ties of everyday chores like mowing the lawns, weeding the garden and household maintenance. We will take care of all that and a lot more so you will have more time to get involved in other things. The opportunities at a Bupa Retirement Village are endless, including taking up new hobbies, gardening, socialising, going on your dream holiday or spending time with friends and family to mention a few.
If you are a keen gardener, you can choose to maintain your own garden. Many of our villages have individual or shared veggie gardens. We hold an annual Village Gardening Competition that has grown over the past few years. Last year we had over 140 village residents participate.
Our village residents enjoy having the companionship of people around them, but as a resident you can be assured that your privacy and independence will always be respected. You will find that many of our residents remain involved in the wider community through activities, clubs and sometimes volunteer work. Friends and family are welcome any time at our villages and they can stay overnight if they wish. Longer stays require a chat with the Village Manager who is always happy to help and accommodate your needs.
Going on holiday is easier when you live in a village. You can simply lock the door, knowing that maintenance will be taken care of and your home will be looked after while you’re away.
Bupa retirement villages offer a busy social calendar, with regular outings, movies, shopping trips, visits from entertainers and more. The community centres and lounges are the hub of our village communities – with their libraries, large screen televisions and space for activities like indoor bowls, dancing and happy hour.
Our villages all have a Bupa care home onsite or nearby, providing peace of mind for our residents and their families. If the need arises, rest assured that you will get the best of care.
Every year you stay in our retirement village, you will be entitled to seven days complimentary respite care in one of our care homes (subject to availability). To find out more about the eligibility requirements and T&C’s please contact us.
How do retirement villages work in New Zealand?
There are many elements and aspects to consider when deciding if this is right for you. You may find you will need to take time to talk with us and your family.
Below is a simplified outline to give you a general idea and overview of the process:
- Making the decision to move to a retirement village. Read our blog titled: Five things to consider when choosing a retirement village.
- Choosing a location. View our list of villages across the country.
- Making an appointment to view the property with the Village Manager.
- Selecting a property and confirming your decision by signing an Occupation Rights Agreement (ORA). Read more about this under: Things you need to know
- Selling your house.
- Packing up and moving into your new home.
- Relaxing and make the most of life at your Bupa Retirement Village.
The process begins with you.