One of the perks of moving into a retirement village is having services and care at your doorstep. Below is an overview of the types of services and care you’re likely to find at a retirement village in New Zealand.
Every village is different. This article includes the most common types of services and care, as well as a checklist of questions to ask sales managers. It might help to refer to this article when visiting or comparing villages.
Here’s a sample list of services you’re likely to find at a retirement village.
- Housekeeping & laundry. This usually refers to general help with domestic duties, including light cleaning, laundry, and linen changes.
- Meal deliveries. You may be able to get meals delivered to your door, either fresh or frozen (this will depend on the village).
- Grocery deliveries. Some villages can help with your grocery shopping or deliver staples like milk and newspapers.
- Hairdressing & beauty services. Some villages have a salon area with either part-time or contracted staff providing hair cuts and styles, as well as other beauty services.
- Village van. Most villages have a village van for organised outings or shopping trips.
- Security patrols. Some villages have security guards patrol at night.
- Pet minding. Some villages can arrange for someone to look after your pet while you’re away.
Here’s a sample list of care services you’re likely to find at a retirement village.
- Registered nurses. Most villages have registered nurses available for appointments. Nurses might be employees of the village (or the on-site care home) or contracted externally to come into the village on a regular basis.
- Doctors, physios, podiatrists, and other specialists. Many villages work together with contracted healthcare practitioners who visit the village on a regular basis. Some villages may even have their own part-time or full-time staff. The exact services available will vary between villages, so it’s important you discuss this directly with the sales manager.
- Wellness centre. Some villages have a dedicated wellness (or healthcare) centre. This will likely be where you go for appointments with nurses and other healthcare practitioners.
- Emergency first responders. Almost all villages will have an emergency call system monitored by trained responders.
- Medical supervision. Some villages offer in-home help with administering medication, redressing bandages, or other types of medical supervision.
- Respite care. Villages with an onsite care home (or a relationship with a nearby care home) may offer respite care if you’re recovering from surgery, injury, or require temporary healthcare.