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13 days ago

Village safety and security a top priority for Judy

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

Judy’s health took a serious turn a … View more
The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

Judy’s health took a serious turn a year ago, prompting her to move into the village and into a one bedroom apartment overlooking the street.

“I lived alone and my sons were worried about me because I began falling and I couldn’t get out. Then I thought I need to be sensible here and do something about it. For me it was important I stayed in the area and I guess it was important that I knew somebody here.”

After selling her house and the village team holding the apartment she’d chosen, Judy followed Harvey, her next-door neighbour of many years, into Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village. The village team had kept in contact with her for a number of months before she’d decided to move in, inviting her to regular village functions during that time.

“There’s everything going on here for you, you couldn’t ask for more. There’s a superb manager who not only manages but she’s also a social worker and everything else with it.”

Judy says the move from a house on a back section meant safety and security was a top priority when deciding on a village.

“There’s always someone here at the front desk and they have security regularly checking too. It’s so important to me.”

Coming from a big house into an apartment hasn’t bothered Judy, and now with her health regularly monitored she is really embracing retirement village life. There’s the weekly grocery shopping at the local supermarket next door and the regular Tai Chi sessions that relax her by slowing her breathing.

“I very much want to be independent for as long as I can and I get to do that here. I also get to continue with lots of reading in lovely surroundings too.”

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55 days ago

Residents have their say on new village café experience

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

The Café Focus Group at Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village in Ilam, Christchurch provided their feedback on the potential cabinet food for a new village café experience. The group enjoyed tasting both savoury and sweet items including muffins, macarons and wraps.

It was a thumbs up for the … View more
The Café Focus Group at Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village in Ilam, Christchurch provided their feedback on the potential cabinet food for a new village café experience. The group enjoyed tasting both savoury and sweet items including muffins, macarons and wraps.

It was a thumbs up for the delicious carrot cake and bite sized ginger slice, and a thumbs down for the crumbly Vietnamese spring rolls.

Harvey Bray, who has been a resident at Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village for five years, says he’s looking for food that’s easy to eat, wholesome, and nutritious.

“It’s really important that we have our say and are part of this, after all this café will be at our home and we are the village. A lot of people I talk to about the possibility of retirement village living are frightened they’ll lose their independence and that’s just not true, we even have a say on our own café.”

Other feedback from the group was around making sure portion sizes aren’t too large, choices for their grandchildren when they come to visit, such as the lollie cake they tried. There were also comments on ensuring the café will have gluten free, and vegan options too.

Jan Summerell, Bupa National Hospitality Services Manager says the village residents are really excited about the opportunity to give feedback on a new café experience.

“We want to provide a café that not only our residents want to visit, but also their families and the local Ilam community. Backing local is important to us too, that’s why we’ll be serving Jail Breaker coffee, a Christchurch based roastery.”

The group have named the café as Cafe Corfe (pronounced corfay), and it’s scheduled to open in late October, three days a week – Friday to Sunday from 10am till 4pm.

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72 days ago

Parkstone Retirement Village Open Day!

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Come along to our Open Day on Saturday from 1-2 PM and see what life is like at a Bupa Retirement Village. Ask about our $15k Harvey Norman spending spree promotion for your new home!

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76 days ago

$15k Harvey Norman Shopping Spree For Your New Home!

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Move into the Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village and get some flash new furniture, completely on us. Choose a new bed, lounge suite and TV to perfectly fit your new home. It’s totally up to you how you spend your $15,000! Click the link for more info.

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102 days ago

Bupa NZ supports their team with Kiwi made personal masks

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Bupa NZ has backed a local business by buying more than 4,000 fabric masks for all their staff across the country for their personal use outside of work time.

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118 days ago

Celebrating 40 years of caring for caregiver

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Congratulations to Caregiver Moeapulu Mapusua on celebrating 40 years with Bupa! She was one of the first employees at the Bupa Parkhaven Care Home.

“It’s about my relationship with my residents and co-workers. I know them all really well and it’s like a family,” she says.

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Congratulations to Caregiver Moeapulu Mapusua on celebrating 40 years with Bupa! She was one of the first employees at the Bupa Parkhaven Care Home.

“It’s about my relationship with my residents and co-workers. I know them all really well and it’s like a family,” she says.

Click the "Read More" to see the whole story on Bupa Newsroom.

Did you know that Bupa NZ offers a continuum of care? Parkstone Retirement Village has a Care Home on site should your needs change. Please visit bupa.co.nz/parkstone for more information.

122 days ago

Winter exercise classes help Bupa Retirement Village residents stay active

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Exercise through the colder months at Bupa Ballarat Retirement Village has meant a routine of nine classes each week for residents to keep active.

Resident Marj Kennedy (pictured) has been attending the SAYGo (steady as you go) classes for four years now and says she’s seen her balance improve … View more
Exercise through the colder months at Bupa Ballarat Retirement Village has meant a routine of nine classes each week for residents to keep active.

Resident Marj Kennedy (pictured) has been attending the SAYGo (steady as you go) classes for four years now and says she’s seen her balance improve overtime thanks to the sessions.

“Exercise is good for our bodies and it keeps me young in spirit too. I like that it’s a class we do altogether,” Marj says

The low-impact session SAYGo, created by Age Concern, aims to improve balance, flexibility and strength in older people through arm and leg exercises, while seated or standing.

Village Manager Andrea Allott says she encourages her residents to keep active.

“Once they get into the routine our residents look forward to exercise and it keeps their minds active and the laughter coming too,” Andrea says.

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142 days ago

Colourful beanies connect residents with students

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

Residents from Bupa The Gardens Retirement Village welcomed children from Aorangi Primary School this week.

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165 days ago

Retirement village excitement as facilities open once again

Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village

The sounds of stirring coffee cups at morning teas, hair dryers, bingo calls and splashing in the swimming pools. The Bupa retirement village facilities are back open and more popular than ever.

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