Retirement Living

Treats for retirementvillages.co.nz pioneers

Retirementvillages.co.nz, the newest kid on the Eldernet block, has marked its first birthday! To celebrate the milestone we enlisted Driving Miss Daisy to deliver a scrumptious birthday cake to all those lovely clients that signed up right at the start. As you can see from the photos, the cake and …

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Chef raises the bar on texture-modified food

Chef Terence Austin is on a mission – to ensure those with the eating condition dysphagia get presented with meals that look, smell and taste just as good as those served to people without the condition. People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing liquids and solids. It’s a growing problem among …

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InterRAI assessment: what’s it like?

Has a health problem compromised your wellbeing or ability to live as independently as possible? An interRAI assessment identifies what might bring an improvement and whether support services would help. Sheryl’s father, Alan, was assessed as part of his transition to a retirement village. Here, Sheryl describes what the process …

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As Kiwi families change, so do our finances

The typical Kiwi family of a heterosexual married couple and two or three children is no longer the norm. In his new book, The New New Zealand, Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University looks at how our families have changed. These trends include: Increased divorce rates. More single parents. Same-sex …

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Book review: The Jacaranda House by Deborah Challinor

The Jacaranda House Deborah Challinor HarperCollins RRP: $36.99 Set in both Australia and New Zealand, this book drew me in instantly. Perhaps that’s because I like a sense of where something is happening, a time and space in which to place my thoughts. Because this novel is set in places …

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COVID-19 puts focus on architecture, technology

COVID-19 has shone a light on how well retirement villages and care homes are set up to cope with the challenges of such a highly contagious virus. There’s now a fresh focus on how architecture and technology can make disease prevention and containment easier, as well as improving the experience …

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