There is a lot of information to digest when you start investigating later living options. Here are some links to valuable resources that will help you make decisions:
Eldernet is an impartial and respected online information service for older people and their families. Resources include the country’s most comprehensive and searchable directory of aged care facilities and services (including up-to-date information about vacancies). Videos and retirement checklists on the website will also help streamline your decision-making process.
A wide range of quality information provided by the retirement village industry can be found here. This includes the Code of Residents’ Rights (taken from the Retirement Villages Act 2003) and an FAQ brochure you can easily download. An informative video, which includes interviews with residents and their families, is also worth watching.
This Government website has everything from video interviews with industry experts, through to information on the four key disclosure documents that you will be asked to sign if you decide to move into a retirement village.
Sorted is the Commission for Financial Capability’s free personal finance information website. Handy checklists on later living options and finances are available to download and take with you when you visit individual villages.
Village Guide is an independent and impartial guide to retirement villages and care homes in New Zealand. The website has a comprehensive resource centre with valuable tips, checklists and insights. The Village Guide’s downloadable booklet titled ‘Guide to Retirement Village Living’ is a great place to start.