Continue to Look Out for Each Other
The next four weeks will be challenging. As New Zealanders we are known for our Can-do attitude and caring nature, so let’s do our best to stay positive, supportive and look out for each other.
It’s important to take care of your health and wellbeing while you’re at home. It is recommended to stick to a routine such as having regular mealtimes, bedtimes and exercising.
It is really important you keep talking to people. Reach out by phone or internet to your usual support, like family, whanau and friends to keep in touch and talk about how you feel.
Do the usual things things you enjoy at home like reading, writing, watching TV, art or cooking. You can also go outside for a walk or tend to your garden as long as you adhere to the guidelines – stay at least two metres away from other people. Everyone will respond differently to this new way we have to live for a while.
If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk to a professional.
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President Stands Down
In 2011 as a member of his Village Resident's Committee, Colin Porter joined the Auckland Region ARRV. In 2014 as Chairman of the Auckland Region, he became a founding signatory and later Vice President of RVRANZ. The founding President Robin Wilson passed away in office and Colin assumed the Presidency serving for 2 1/2 years, and looked forward to retiring this year.
In consideration of the current COVID-19 virus lockdown, the AGM has been postponed. There are now several executive issues that need to be addressed, that will have ongoing implications later this year.Colin has decided that to allow our Vice President Peter Carr to become fully involved, he has submitted his resignation to take effect from the 31st March 2020.
Peter Carr has been a resident of Lauriston Park Retirement Village, Cambridge for eight and a half years. He started their Village Residents’ Committee six years ago
He has served on the RVRANZ Waikato Regional Committee and the National executive, but he withdrew from the National Executive three years ago to concentrate on the role of President and Board Chair of the NZ National Fieldays Society. That role ceased it’s constitutional term on December 2019.
He resumed his position on the National Executive last year and has served as Vice President.
Look to the Future
Retirement from work is no longer retirement from life. In fact, it’s the opposite - a ‘second life’ where growth, learning and discovery become more important, not less. People can enjoy the retirement village lifestyle whether they are 65 or 90 years of age.
Retirement villages offer access to facilities and services that lead to improved health outcomes and greater social interaction than would be possible in a general residential setting. People who take responsibility for their own wellness future and get supportive home care, live longer and avoid hospital and aged care homes.
Does this sound like retirement villages? Research shows retirement village residents live five years longer than the average Kiwi and they are far less likely to go into residential aged care. ‘Assisted living’ is the increasingly popular label for retirement villages supporting frail residents in their own home. It has a big future. But its success depends on the quality of Village Managers.
The RVRANZ protects the rights of retirement village residents in New Zealand
The focus is on the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2008.
The Act defines the rights of retirement village residents when they commit to a Occupation Right Agreement with the owner of the retirement village, in which they purchase a licence to occupy a villa, cottage, or apartment.
It’s important that RVRANZ spokespeople have a genuine mandate to speak on behalf of the resident body, rather than pursuing issues of importance to an individual.
RVRANZ is not a static environment. The pace of change is rapid and it’s increasing. If we are to remain relevant we need to keep up, we need to be in a position to meet change and take the opportunities that change presents. We must continue to lift our gaze and build on progress.
Ageing is not for everyone – only some of us have that privilege!
New Zealand is on the brink of societal change that will impact us all. In a period of 40 years there will be a 700% increase of the population in the 95+ age group, a 283% increase in the 80+ and 108% increase in the 65+. We will also be more ethnically diverse as Maori, Pasifika and Asian populations increase significantly.
Potential Retirement Village Residents
Information for intending residents and their families from RVRANZ and CFFC is now available here: Potential Residents
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Some retirement village operators offer a broadband connection plan specifically negotiated for their village residents. How do you know if this is the best plan for you? The answer depends on whether you know how much broadband you really need and how fast it needs to be to suit your needs. There may be better options for you arranging your own connection, instead of going with the operator’s plan.
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Moving from Retirement Village Unit to Rest Home Care
Buying into a retirement village and later transferring into a rest home can pose financial fishhooks which buyers should get full disclosure about, warns the watchdog on retirement villages.
"Buyers should get this information including terms of transfer for short and long-term rest home care before buying an independent unit in a retirement village", Troy Churton, national manager retirement villages, for the Commission for Financial Capability, said.
For the latest CFFC monitoring report on the Provision of Residential Care and Occupation Right Agreements by Retirement Village Operators please see here
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Cheaper Doctors Visits
Financial Abuse Advice
New Residential Care Rates
Future Care and Assistance
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
Lending Money to Family
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Subscriptions for the 2020/2021 year have been set at $15.00 per person and $20.00 per couple until 30th June 2020.
NEW: Life-Time Memberships:
$150 single or $185 couple.
Village residents are encouraged to form a local village association if you have not done so. To assist with this, please find a Model Constitution for you to adapt and adopt
A Poem for the Times!
I'm normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can't go out the gates.
You see, we are the 'oldies' now
We need to stay inside
If they haven't seen us for a while
They'll think we've upped and died.
They'll never know things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn't any Facebook
So not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60's
If you only knew the truth!
There was sex drugs and rock 'n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone's mum,
Somebody's wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?
We didn't mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full
But to bury us before we're dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!
It didnt really bother me
I'd while away the hour
I'd bake for all the family
But I've got no bloody flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I'm swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.
At least I've got a stash of booze
For when I'm being idle
There's wine and whiskey, even gin
If I'm feeling suicidal!
So let's all drink to lock-down
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn't decimate our wealth.
We'll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I'm not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!