“Our residents are just so excited. They can hardly wait to see their refurbished serviced apartment or studio and move back home after being off site,” Elmswood Retirement Village sales consultant Donna Monk says.
Donna is equally thrilled about the makeover renovation that is happening in the Avon Wing at the village.
“Twelve serviced units are being updated with new carpets, new lighting, new tapware, beautiful benchtops and tiled bathrooms – a stunning fresh look. These Avon Wing serviced units will be ready for occupation in mid-September and we have three available for purchase.”
The large serviced units with stylish furnishings have been designed to enhance the living space – “plenty of room to entertain guests” – while at the same time retaining original features.
“One of the great advantages of the serviced units is that they are all on ground level and open out to their own private patio and the village’s gardens. Being able to walk straight outside easily is extremely important for many residents.”
Another innovation of the refurbishment is that a cosy social area has been incorporated into the design. “This fully utilises all the available space in the wing and gives the residents another option to meet with friends and family.”
Another six serviced units will be refurbished following the completion of the first stage.
“It’s all part of a major project for the whole village that will include the rest home as well.”
To find out more about the serviced units for occupation, phone Donna Monk on 03 351 0974 or 021 241 9979.
Donna Monk is the Sales Consultant for Elmswood Retirement Village. Donna tells us why she loves the village and her role there.
Donna, why is Elmswood special?
It has a soul and a personality of its own. The buildings are well-established and the gardens are just stunning – there’s an area to explore or relax in around every corner and there is a genuine village feel as you come through the gates.
The family vibe is created through being small enough for everyone to know each other.
Residents can be as involved in the in-house social side as they like and maintain all of their outside interests.
What types of living does Elmswood offer?
We have a selection of living options: villas, serviced apartments and studios, the resthome and hospital-level care.
It is so important for people to be able to future-proof their choices and join us as an individual, or as a couple, at a level of care according to need.
Even for villa-living we can organise for internal and external services to be wrapped around residents, so they can retain their independence for as long as possible.
There are currently some vacancies in each option and we’d love for people to come and see for themselves.
What do you really love about this village?
I love the people. We have a laugh, the team and the residents, and I wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. We seem to have a really happy mix that makes my job a pleasure.
Donna Monk is the Sales Consultant at Elmswood Retirement Village and, although she is not a resident there, it feels like a second home.
Donna, why is Elmswood special?
Our residents love our location. We are central, so families from a great range of suburbs find it easy to visit. Access is great for our residents too: close to shops and services and on a good bus route. Our mini-buses go out several times a week, on shopping trips, for lunches, or on scenic drives. Our village is a cosy, comfortable and safe base from where journeys as adventurous or as gentle as you like can begin!
What happens each day in the village for the residents to get involved with?
We offer an ever-changing range of entertainment and activities every week – the concerts and garden tours are very popular. Everyone chooses their own level of involvement in the social life – you can be as busy or as private as you choose.
At what age would people ideally think about moving to Elmswood Village?
Our youngest residents are around 80; any time between then and 85 is a great time to come and see our village, even if it is a future plan. We offer gorgeous villas, assisted living in apartment studios, rest home care and hospital care. We have our own full time registered nurse and a weekly GP clinic. We are privately and locally owned with a family feel; we’re not too big and our staff love knowing every single resident by name.