The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-16T23:07:42Z RetireAustralia launches informative ‘Retire Ready’ guide 2018-12-16T23:07:42Z retireaustralia-launches-informative-retire-ready-guide RetireAustralia has launched a comprehensive new guide aimed at helping seniors and their families make informed choices about retirement village living. Retire Ready provides information on moving into, living in, and leaving a retirement village. RetireAustralia’s CEO, Alison Quinn, said Retire Ready is designed to help seniors plan their futures with confidence. “We know making a decision about your future is an important step and we hope this guide helps you feel better informed and more confident about making your choice when the time comes,” she said. “[It’s] important to have the facts, so we can make informed choices that set us up for the future we want.” The 24-page guide covers the various types of village available, retirement village lifestyles, how to choose a suitable village, costs, contracts, care options, and much more. It is available online as a download or in print form from a RetireAustralia village. The launch of Retire Ready coincides with the Retirement Living Council’s new ‘A Wise Move’ campaign, of which RetireAustralia is a part. The ‘A Wise Move’ campaign is designed to provide information to potential residents and their families about retirement living options and benefits, and address misconceptions about retirement communities. Retire Ready is available now! Download your free copy at: http://info.retireaustralia.com.au/retire-ready  Carlyle Gardens raises $4700 for drought relief 2018-09-11T00:18:38Z carlyle-gardens-raises-4700-for-drought-relief Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village in Bargara raised $4700 for drought relief at a garage sale on Saturday 8th September.   Around 600 people attended the sale and sausage sizzle in the village’s community centre, contributing to the bumper total raised.   The money will go to rural fundraising charity Buy a Bale, to help support Queensland farming communities with fodder and essential items in areas affected by severe drought.   As of 4th September 2018, the Queensland Government declared 57.4% of the land area of the state drought-affected.   Village Manager Michael Owens said everyone at the village was delighted with the success of the event.   “To have raised so much is a fantastic achievement by all the residents,” he said.   “Many have lived and worked on the land, so this really means a lot.”   Residents of several RetireAustralia villages have raised impressive amounts for drought relief in the past weeks.   Newling Gardens Retirement Village in Armidale raised over $12,000 – a figure matched dollar-for-dollar by Rotary International, while a number of South Australian villages joined forces to raise over $2000.   Tarragal Glen at the Central Coast also collected over 40 boxes and 50 large shopping bags of goods to be donated to farming communities in New South Wales.   Carlyle Gardens residents are well-known in the area for their charitable spirit, having recently raised $645 for local charity, Angels Community Group.   Carlyle Gardens offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/carlyle-gardens for more information.  Newling Gardens Retirement Village raises over $12,000 for drought-affected farmers 2018-09-11T00:15:08Z newling-gardens-retirement-village-raises-over-12-000-for-drought-affected-farmers Newling Gardens Retirement Village’s recent drought fundraiser raised over $12,000 for drought-affected farming communities.   The sum raised at the 15th August event was then matched dollar-for-dollar by Rotary International.   Residents baked an array of savoury and sweet foods to sell, many local businesses and residents donated raffle prizes, and a sausage sizzle was enjoyed by all.   Armidale Mayor Simon Murray drew the raffle prizes and entertainment was provided by local singer-guitarist Peter Stanley and Newling Gardens’ resident bag-piper, Gordon Ellis.   The appeal was also supported by a number of RetireAustralia’s South Australian villages, which made generous donations, including $610 from Wisteria Grove in Adelaide.   Brian Bremner, chairman of the Newling Gardens’ social committee, said many residents’ rural backgrounds meant the issue is close to their hearts.   “It’s is absolutely desperate here – there are a lot of farms going to the wall,” he said.   “Farmers are not only losing their stock hand over fist but are finding it hard to even feed themselves.”   Newling Gardens offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/newling-gardens for more information. “Sacred and social” Anzac Day planned for Tea Tree Gardens 2018-04-19T05:47:28Z sacred-and-social-anzac-day-planned-for-tea-tree-gardens Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village’s Anzac commemoration will serve a dual purpose, according to resident and army veteran, Doug Burnside.   “For me, it is a sacred and social service: the sacred part first, then we socialise,” he said.   “We follow the RSL format, and they normally have a traditional barbecue or drink afterwards, so that’s what we’ll do,” Doug said.   Over 100 residents, friends and family members are expected to attend the service, beginning at 8:30am in the village’s community centre.   An introductory speech will precede a hymn, the Lord’s Prayer and a recitation of John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’, before the service is completed with the Ode of Remembrance, a minute’s silence and the national anthem.   Doug, who lost a brother in World War II and several friends in the Vietnam War, served in the regular army for 12 years and as bandmaster for the Salvation Army for 18 years.   “This year is the centenary of the 1918 armistice, so I’ll speak about the 1914-18 war,” Doug said.   “We also drop sprigs of rosemary into bowls at the front of the service, which represent the Pool of Reflection in Canberra.   “We’ve followed this format since 2015, when we celebrated our first village Anzac Day to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli.”   Tea Tree Gardens village manager Lucy Mulvany said the event promises to be a special one.   “Doug is such a lovely gent and does a wonderful job of organising our Anzac ceremony,” she said.   Tea Tree Gardens offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/teatreegardens for more information. Forresters Beach Retirement Village unveiling war memorial in time for Anzac Day 2018-04-19T05:42:47Z forresters-beach-retirement-village-unveiling-war-memorial-in-time-for-anzac-day A new war memorial and flagpole will be unveiled at Forresters Beach Retirement Village as part of the Central Coast community’s annual Anzac Day commemoration.   The 19th April ceremony will include a catafalque party, bugler and keynote speaker from RAAF Williamtown, and attendance by Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride and State Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch.   Representatives from the National Servicemen’s Association and the War Widows’ Guild, and students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College will also attend.   Village resident and retired RAAF engineering officer Doug Roser was instrumental in securing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs funding grant for the project.   “We want to recognise the men and women who served in the armed forces of Australia in all wars and conflicts,” he said.   “It’s something that the residents wanted and have organised themselves, and we’ve been able to do that thanks to the support of DVA and RetireAustralia.”   Forresters Beach village manager Colin Smith said he was extremely pleased to have the permanent memorial installed in the village.   “Everyone is proud and honoured to see the memorial and flagpole in place, and we will use it for services for many years to come” he said.   While the Anzac unveiling will be a special event for the village, residents are planning to put the memorial to use throughout the year, Doug said.   “We can use it for ceremonies recognising the police, ambulance and fire services, who all do a fantastic job,” he said.   “We will also get some volunteers together and fly the flag every day – it’ll be really good for the village.”   Forresters Beach Retirement Village offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/forrestersbeach for more information. Open invite to Wood Glen Retirement Village's luxury new development launch 2018-03-14T01:25:57Z open-invite-to-wood-glen-retirement-village-s-luxury-new-development-launch Wood Glen Retirement Village is extending a warm welcome to members of the public to attend the VIP launch of its new development on 22nd March at 5:30pm.   The exclusive evening event will include an overview of the new development, complimentary cocktails and canapés, live music and a guided village tour.   The addition of 11 architecturally designed independent living villas at the popular Erina community is generating excitement and interest in the area.   RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said the growth of Wood Glen will bring many benefits to the local community.   “Retirement villages these days are very much externally focussed; there’s lots of volunteering and community work,” she said.   “Residents become part of the broader community, which is usually their family home neighbourhood.”   The village is currently home to 83 independent living units, a five-star, resort-style lodge with exclusive facilities and manicured gardens – all within a secure and gated community.   Members of the public are warmly invited to the event at 105 Karalta Road, Erina on Thursday 22nd March, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.   For catering purposes, please RSVP by Tuesday 20th March to cassandra.webber@retireaustralia.com.au or (02) 4365 9777.   Wood Glen Retirement Village offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/woodglen for more information. Luxury new development creating excitement at Wood Glen Retirement Village 2018-02-20T01:51:19Z luxury-new-development-creating-excitement-at-wood-glen-retirement-village A new development of luxurious homes is generating excitement and interest at Wood Glen Retirement Village.   Eleven architecturally designed, three-bedroom independent living villas are under construction at the Erina community, with the first stage set to be completed in May.   The village is currently home to 83 – primarily two-bedroom and some three-bedroom – independent living units, a five-star, resort-style lodge with exclusive facilities and manicured gardens – all housed in a secure and gated community.   An additional development of 58 luxury apartments across two buildings is in the pipeline for 2019, in which residents will be able to access additional care services if needed.   A successful trial of new care and support services at Wood Glen’s sister village, Tarragal Glen, in 2017 was the springboard for an ongoing rollout of similar services across the company’s portfolio.   RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said residents contribute to their communities in a variety of ways.   “Retirement villages these days are very much externally focussed; there’s lots of volunteering and community work,” she said.   “Residents become part of the broader community, which is usually their family home neighbourhood.”   Ongoing development at Wood Glen will continue to bring economic benefits to the Central Coast.   From attracting investment from Sydney and elsewhere, increasing employment opportunities, tourism from visiting families, and supporting local businesses, the economic benefits are sizeable.   To find out more or to book a personal tour of Wood Glen Retirement Village, visit retireaustralia.com.au/woodglen or call 1300 687 738. Crafty residents raise $2600 for charity 2017-12-07T23:57:22Z crafty-residents-raise-2600-for-charity Residents at Forresters Beach Retirement Village raised $2600 for charity at their Christmas craft market last month.   Hundreds of eager visitors snapped up a variety of Christmas and gift items contributed by the village’s craft, sewing, jewellery and workshop groups.   Assistant Village Manager Julie Ramage said residents had worked for months making items for the sale.   “It’s been a wonderful team effort,” she said.   “We have some very talented residents at our village.”   Resident Jacqueline Bunning helped organise the event.   “The money will go to the Salvation Army, as well as a taxi service that takes cancer patients to and from hospital,” she said.   “It was a good turnout, everyone was very happy and friendly, and we sold lots of raffle tickets.”   Jacqueline said organising the sale brought residents closer together.   “It made for a friendly atmosphere in the village and we’re grateful to everyone involved.”   Forresters Beach offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/forrestersbeach for more information. Young and old join forces at Wisteria Grove Retirement Village 2017-12-05T01:55:43Z young-and-old-join-forces-at-wisteria-grove-retirement-village Residents of Wisteria Grove Retirement Village proved age is no barrier to friendship and fun when children from Emali Broadview Early Learning Centre paid them a visit last month. Nine pre-schoolers from the centre visited their senior neighbours to play games, sing songs, enjoy crafts, and share a love of learning. Village Manager Debra Grant said residents enjoyed the youthful energy brought to the village. “The kids introduced themselves with a song, we played with balloons, and finished off with a story,” she said. “It was great fun for everyone!” Meghan Holst, Assistant Director of Emali Broadview Early Learning Centre, said the children greatly enjoyed the visit. “The kids were really excited to meet all the residents and were able to talk to them really confidently,” she said. “They were excited to learn about where they live.” A 2016 Stanford University study showed that seniors and children spending time together cultivates a sense of purpose and extends benefits both ways. The success of the day has seen all parties agree to visits on a monthly basis. “We’ll be bringing different groups of children to visit the residents on an ongoing basis,” Meghan said. Wisteria Grove offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/wisteriagrove for more information. RetireAustralia launches innovative new sales contract in South Australia 2017-11-07T00:04:01Z retireaustralia-launches-innovative-new-sales-contract-in-south-australia-3 RetireAustralia has launched its new sales contract across its South Australian portfolio after a successful trial.   The innovative new contract has been designed to provide clarity and certainty to residents and their families throughout the entire length of a resident’s stay at a RetireAustralia village.   RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said with retirement village contracts under the media spotlight in recent weeks, clarity and transparency are more important than ever.   “Our residents’ happiness and wellbeing is our number one priority,” Alison said.   “That’s why we’ve designed our new contract to give the utmost peace of mind to residents and their families.   “It’s shaping up to be a real benchmark within the industry.”   With a capped departure fee, no stamp duty, fixed village fees, and guaranteed buy-back, the contract is designed to help provide financial security at all stages of village life.   A successful trial at Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village in Hope Valley was the precursor to a rollout across the company’s nine other villages in the state, totalling nine in Adelaide and Lincoln Grove in Port Lincoln.   For more information about RetireAustralia’s new sales contract, visit retireaustralia.com.au/salescontract. RetireAustralia invests in care services with new appointment 2017-11-06T23:40:41Z retireaustralia-invests-in-care-services-with-new-appointment-3 RetireAustralia has invested in its care and support offerings with an appointment to the newly-created role of National Services Manager.   Kate Gilmour will oversee the progressive rollout of care and support services across 27 villages nationwide following a successful pilot.   Kate was previously the Executive Home Care Manager at Adventist Senior Living and worked with Integrated Living, opening up 16 home care locations across New South Wales.   “It’s been amazing to see such passion from the whole RetireAustralia team in getting care services up and running,” Kate said.   “I’m looking forward to working with such an inspiring team for many years to come.”   RetireAustralia’s General Manager of Care and Operations, Brigid London, said the appointment is an indication of the company’s dedication to care services.   “Our emerging new home care services are picking up pace in our pilot villages at the Central Coast,” she said.   “Kate will be responsible for continuing this development across the portfolio and for developing frontline teams.”   A native of Gosford, Kate has spent her first days in the role meeting new colleagues and learning about the company’s offerings.   “I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I love the big vision of RetireAustralia across many different departments,” she said.   “I’m looking forward to this time next year when we can look back and know we nailed it.”   For more information about RetireAustralia, visit retireaustralia.com.au