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Do all retirement villages have care on site?

Not all New Zealand retirement villages offer aged care on site, so it pays to do your homework before making any decisions about where to move. Use the following questions to help guide your retirement village search:

Care and support

  • What types of services are available in the village? Podiatry, massage, physiotherapy, for example.
  • Is there a nurse onsite 24/7 in the event of a medical emergency?
  • Who decides if you need higher-level care? How is this decision made?
  • Did you know some villages don’t allow you to receive publicly-funded home support? Check your contract.
  • Could you receive high-level care in your dwelling? If not, what are your options?
  • Is there a care home on site? If one is planned, when will it be finished?
  • Do residents have priority entry to the care home? What happens if there are no vacancies?

Find more helpful articles about how to choose the best retirement village for you on our Knowledge Lab. Alternatively, download our checklist to help you on your search.

Updated: 11 Jun 2024
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