After living in a unit in Chatswood for 30 years, Margaret Kaye never realised how noisy it was until she moved to Courtlands Village in North Parramatta.
“I wake up in the morning here and cannot hear a sound,” she said.
Margaret moved to the Village in 2017 after first visiting during an open day the previous year.
“I was with my son and we walked around the gardens and I said, ‘you know what, I could live here’,” Margaret said.
“I just love it here. Everybody has been so kind and so helpful, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Health issues meant having help close by gave her peace of mind, and she now knows first-hand that can be life-saving.
“I recently had a heart attack after returning from a trip to the country. I had this terrible feeling in my chest so I came right inside and pushed the call button,” Margaret said.
“Two people were with me in less than two minutes, and less than 10 minutes later I was in an ambulance on the way to hospital.”
“I am so impressed with the promptness and caring that goes into this place. I feel extraordinarily fortunate and blessed to be here,” she said.
Courtlands Village has 130 one, two and three bedroom units and is part of an integrated site with a 144 bed aged care Home also located in the estate.
This means self-care residents can access other services such as meal delivery and allied health.
The Village Centre is the social hub for both self-care and aged care residents, who all have access to targeted lifestyle programs.
There’s also a hair salon, chapel, recreation rooms and a gym onsite, along with a Village bus.
Courtlands Village, and the nearby Westcourt Village in Westmead, which features 10 retirement villas, are the focus of Christadelphian Homes’ retirement options in Sydney.
For Shirley Johnson it was about downsizing into a more affordable property without having to sacrifice her lifestyle.
“I looked at the options and decided I would rather keep the holiday unit in Queensland than where I was living,” she said.
Shirley also moved to the Village in early 2017 and loves her three bedroom unit and the friendly atmosphere.
“I have worked in the industry so I knew what it was like in to live in a retirement village. It’s been excellent, everyone has been very friendly and obliging.”