Senior Lifestyle Cuisine cooking competition put chefs from retirement villages and aged care facilities through their paces.
New Zealand village operators recognise that providing a continuum of care is an important service for residents, particularly couples who fear separation as their health needs differ.
ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway participates in Ryman’s Triple-A programme, which has recently received formal accreditation.
After years of lobbying, legislation has been amended to recognise that retirement village residents are rate payers and are entitled to apply for a rebate.
Allain Kuys-Clarke suggests retirement village operators should consider the idea of removing weekly residents' fees with the aim of reducing financial concerns among those residents on limited incomes in retirement and thereby increasing their penetration into the seniors' market.
New Zealand's retirement village industry is the envy of many other countries, due to the esteem in which it's generally held by society. This "social licence" continues to play a major role in the industry's growth and success.
Responding to calls by residents for full capital repayment upon vacation of a retirement village unit, Metlifecare chief executive GLEN SOWRY says it is not good business to do anything other than the current practice of repaying the resident once the unit has been refurbished and resold.
Retirement Villages Association (RVA) president GRAHAM WILKINSON says the suggestion of full capital repayment when a retirement village unit is vacated is "simply impossible to consider".