When taking control of your retirement is what empowers you.
Life presents a lot of curly questions! “What’s going to happen when I get older still? Who will the burden fall to if I get ill? How can I feel completely safe and secure without being a burden?”
Liz found that seeing truly was believing in putting to rest anxieties about retirement villages, “What I did know was that I did not want to live on my own anymore. It was my decision.”
Liz has always lived with lots of people around. From boarding school at age 10, to raising four children, Liz’s life was always busy. It still is.
So, in many ways allowing herself the opportunity to relax into retirement was empowering, but she also liked company.
Living in a serviced apartment allows Liz the balance of having the independence to come and go as she pleases, whilst having the security of extra help if she needs it.
“I’m pretty fit for my age, but who knows,” Liz says.
“It makes me feel years younger that help is there if I need it. It takes the stress away.”
Liz was adamant that she did not want to be a burden to her four children.
She wanted her family to be able to live their lives the way they wanted to.
“You need to come and have a look, take the whole family and have a chat about how much better Mum and Dad will be there.”
They are so happy now because Liz is so happy.
After a life of cooking for others Liz now enjoys the delicious home-cooked midday meal that is included in the serviced apartment package, along with morning and afternoon tea.
The midday meal is important as a social outing, and keeps residents feeling connected.
There is a buzz and vibrancy about the place and it is an opportunity to catch up.
“We talk about life in general, but we stay away from politics,” Liz chuckles.
What she does each day in the village is entirely up to her. If you are a social butterfly there are a variety of activities to choose from, or if you simply enjoy the independent comforts of home, then you can relax in your apartment that is set up in your own special way.
With a twinkle in her eye Liz says: “Make the move when you’ve still got your marbles, and when you still have your good health. That good health will carry on for years if you do it at the right time.”
To lean more about Liz’s journey please click here.