- Mrs Win Jackson - Compton Gardens Retirement Village
- Beryl Dorfield - Willow Glen Retirement Village
- Mrs Pauline Lovatt - Compton Gardens Retirement Village
- Mrs Patricia Connaghan - Cypress Gardens Retirement Community
- Mr Clay Roberts - Cypress Gardens Retirement Community
- Joan Abraham - Mt Gravatt Retirement Village
- Judy Walker, daughter of Joan Abraham - Mt Gravatt Retirement Village
- Joan Lewis - Runaway Bay Village
- Bronwen Scott-Branagan - Runaway Bay Village
- Arthur and Hellen Pearson - Willow Glen Retirement Village
- Margaret Kreis - Willow Glen Retirement Village
Bob and I moved into Compton Gardens at the age of 65 when it first opened in October 1990 much to the questioning of our family. They just could not fathom out why their active parents who on retiring just 5 years earlier had built an architect designed house on the Logan River and landscaped the large block, would give it all away to live in a "Nursing Home" environment. What they did not know was that once living here, we no longer had to pay someone to babysit our house every time we went away, did not have to spend days and weeks cleaning up the yard, did not have to use the car nearly as much because the shops and bus station was right next door.
In the many years we have been here we have been privileged to visit several overseas countries, travelled thousands of miles towing our caravan around all states of Australia, enjoyed learning new hobbies, took part in many activities and most of all have met so many wonderful people. This was brought home to me when I lost my husband of 57 years. The staff and residents could not have been more caring and understanding in my new situation, there is no need for me to sell up my home, look for a new area in which to settle, and as I have heard for so many years "Oh I wish we had moved when my husband was alive" My advice to anyone is to come to Compton Gardens while you are young enough to enjoy all the excellent facilities provided for us.
After being happily married for fifty-two years, my husband sadly passed away. Four years later I decided our home was too big for one person and feeling alone, I decided to look at retirement villages. I found Willow Glen Retirement Village to be the best in Toowoomba. I moved to the Village in March 2000 and have been very happy with my decision. It's like a big happy family and I have made many new friends. After seeing my unit and how well the Village was being maintained and managed, my brother and sister-in-law joined me here in 2002. And then my sister and brother-in-law moved in twelve months later and all are very happy to be here. We have lots of activities and outings and our staff are always very helpful.
Compton Gardens is a short 13km from Brisbane city and an equal distance from Queensland's beautiful Moreton Bay. With 274 independent living units and 26 serviced apartments, this beautiful leafy retirement village has all the amenities you could want for a healthy and happy retirement.
Life 50+ spoke to resident Pauline Lovatt about living at Compton Gardens. "I had cared for my husband in our 2-story home for a number of years and when he passed away in March 2010 I went online to have a look at the villages in this area. When I saw Compton Gardens I felt this was the place for me and since I've lived here this feeling has never wavered. I feel secure and certainly feel I chose well. I realised how much easier village life was going to be and since moving my health has improved and I am happy.
"I live in a one-bedroom Villa and it was fully refurbished prior to my moving in. My family were a little worried when I found this village and chose to move in so quickly after my husbands' death, they were concerned I was making a rash decision. Since visiting Compton Garden's they see how wonderful the village is and have commented on how spacious my Villa is, how happy they are with the security and the friendliness surrounding me.
"There are a lot of activities both in the village and surrounding areas. It is an ideal location, within walking distance to the shops. I have started doing exercise classes and there is a hydrotherapy pool which will help with my joints. There are a few different clubs in the village, Iím quite interested in joining the scrabble group but I maintain quite a busy life outside of the village so itís about fitting it all in.
"I babysit my great-grandchildren who are 2, 3 and 6. They come to stay, as do my grand-children when they are up this way, there are no restrictions. Being able to have them here and use all the facilities with them is great. The landscaping has been constructed to offer the maximum privacy for each villa, there are many bushes and trees and the village is lovely to walk around.
"I haven't lived here for long but I have created great friendships with the other 6 ladies that live in my street. We have morning teas together sometimes, or do activities together or just meet in the street for a chat. Nobody encroaches on your private time; I can have as much or as little company as I want.
"I brought my daughters and a niece who was here from overseas to Compton Gardens in May and they could see what a great lifestyle was on offer - it relieved all of their concerns. I am enjoying life and my kids know how happy I am. I have my independence with the added security of help only being a few minutes away - peace and mind for all concerned.
"I had the choice of different sized villas, with garages or a courtyard or different options. You can have a 3 course meal at the restaurant in the village and it is the best mashed potato I have eaten outside of my own home, everything you need is here and it's just great. I definitely feel I have made the right decision."
Compton Gardens is located in Aspley, Queensland. It includes facilities such as swimming pools, an auditorium, Bbq areas, medical rooms, hairdresser and much more and a soon to be constructed putting green.
It was a big decision to make such a big move from interstate (Orange NSW), but I have not regretted my move for one minute. I am very happy with the lifestyle I now have, living in comfortable surroundings with congenial people. The staff are very thoughtful and considerate, and I appreciate the conveniences such as a hairdresser, and a bus to take me shopping.
It is indeed a carefree lifestyle when you're not worring about the normal household problems, painting the house and general maintenance of the property for example.
I may be one of the oldest residents at over 90 years young, but I am still involved in all of the Retirement Villages activities. These range from the weekly Happy Hour, to the monthly trips by the Village Bus to places such as O'Reillys in the Gold Coast Hinterland, and on so many other trips arranged by our social committee. And this keeps me young in heart and mind.
Life begins at 40?
No, life begins when you move to a TriCare Retirement Village!
As an only child living in Sydney, I was relieved when Mum decided to move to TriCare's Mt Gravatt Retirement Village.
Mum now looks forward to each day of her life. I have nothing but the utmost praise for the management and staff and the way they run this incredible place.
Thank you TriCare.
If it is true that first impressions are the most important I must pay tribute to the location of Runaway Bay Village which is situated in a picturesque setting in the heart of Runaway Bay.
When I first advised my family that I would like to enter a Retirement Village they were not sure it was a good idea as I am very independent. I visited a few establishments in and around the area and then a friend told me about Runaway Bay Village. I made an appointment and was impressed with the friendly, courteous manner that was extended to me by Management.
I was shown the units and grounds that overlook the canals and was delighted with the amount of space without the feeling of isolation. When I entered the main building my eyes lit up when I realised there was an indoor heated pool and two outdoor swimming pools, swimming being one of my activities.
I fell in love with the serviced apartments in Keppel Lodge and made my decision there and then to try to obtain one, and, after an initial interview with the Manager moved in three months later.
I have resided here for over a year and have not been disappointed with my decision and my family are delighted that I am content. I can honestly say that despite losing my husband after fifty seven years of marriage the new life I have made for myself here has been wonderful. You would find it very difficult not to like all the staff whose caring and friendliness has never wavered during my time here.
What is so nice is the fact that you can be as interactive or not as you please but you will still be greeted with a smile by the residents and staff alike. There are numerous activities to enjoy and I have never had a dull moment so far.
I know these are only my experiences but I also know no matter who you ask, be it residents who have lived here for twenty years or six months you will receive the same answer. What is more, even visitors who have not thought about a Retirement Village have commented that this is the type of place they would choose.
If you like to hear birds singing in the morning, watching pelicans fly over at night or waving to the boats as they go out at weekends, and top it off with some wonderful functions held in the Lounge and Companions Restaurant, then, like me: this is the place to be.
About four and a half years ago my late husband and I, and my little dog, Miffy, moved into Runaway Bay Village. At first I was quite reluctant and only agreed to live in a retirement village as he was insisting on it. He had recently discovered that he had terminal cancer and he wanted to be assured that I would be well cared for when he went.
Well, so I am. I have a lovely unit where I can see both the beautiful and often stunning sunrises and sunsets mirrored in the - usually - calm, peaceful waters spread out below, complete with interesting wildlife. I know that whenever I decide to drive off with Miffy and my caravan down to Victoria to visit my children and grandchildren, or fly further afield to a daughter in Alaska, everything is safely cared for in my absence.
At first I really missed the acre of garden we had left behind, but I have a small garden here and I think I'm glad that it is no bigger now. I can enjoy long sweeping vistas of green lawn, waving palms, colourful hibiscus and perfumed frangipani without having to do a thing about maintaining them.
There are so many activities on offer in the village, if I joined them all I'd never get into any of my hobbies at all. But when I do join in, they are great fun, like the Trivia Night we had yesterday evening. Of course, it helped that our table won!
The staff are very friendly and helpful, including our Manager, Ron Wilson, who is always ready to give a cheerful helping hand to those who need it.
Thank you, TriCare!
We have lived at Willow Glen Retirement Village for over nine years and it is the greatest place to live. We have trouble fitting in all of the functions, outings, and activities arranged by Robyn, Margot and the Resident's Committee. From the gardeners, Village Management and TriCare representatives, we have nothing but praise, they are always there for us. Thank you for a job well done.
Four years ago I moved into Willow Glen Retirement Village, in preparation for retirement. Being on my own, I was looking for security, peace, happiness, privacy and companionship. Like most moves, there is ambivalence. On arrival, however, that soon gave away to certainty. The very comfortable well appointed units, the spacious grounds and gardens, with security, peace, happiness, privacy and companionship, for me, is my dream come true.
My four years at Willow Glen have been very happy. From personal experience, I give Willow Glen the highest recommendation for enjoying life after work. To all contemplating retirement, don't make a final decision until you have visited Willow Glen. I wouldn't be anywhere else!