Finding the RIGHT VILLAGE FOR YOU
If you are moving to independent living in a village, you’ll want the reassurance of knowing that support is available on site if you need it in the future.
Will personal care and meals be available if required? Can you keep your own GP? If you are moving into residential care, do you want to be somewhere that offers memory care if you need it? Location is important, especially if you want to stay in the same neighbourhood, or remain close to friends and family.
Easy access to amenities can enhance your lifestyle. Is there a café or somewhere casual and friendly where you can meet friends or relatives? Can you be provided with casual or regular meals? Are housekeeping and laundry services available? What parks or other recreational facilities are available nearby? How easy is it to get to the supermarket, and does your village arrange transport? Which of these services will you need to pay for? These are just some of the things you need to consider when choosing your new home.
Most retirement villages in New Zealand combine independent living with residential care. Independent living most often takes the form of purchasing a license to occupy, and many villages have a minimum age for residents. Residential care is provided on a weekly fee basis, and is available for those assessed as needing residential care. If you will be receiving the government’s residential care subsidy, it is important to find out what additional costs you might need to pay.
Does the village you are considering guarantee a full continuum of care? What happens if you are assessed as needing a different level of residential care and there is no vacancy? Some villages will provide additional support to residents living independently until there is a care bed available.