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If you’re happily retired and living independently in your own home, but your heath suddenly takes a turn for the worse, what do you do? Just ask Graham and Shirley McGrath!
Mr and Mrs McGrath are residents at Enliven’s Kowhainui Retirement Village in Whanganui. Mr McGrath explains that they moved into their home last winter after both he and his wife suffered from serious illnesses and spent time in hospital.
“We were both really sick at the same time and I started to think, ‘how on earth are we going to be able to continue living in our large family home?’ I just knew that we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the housework and gardening.”
After a stint of recuperation with family, the McGraths were keen to find a new home that was more manageable and had extra support available close by.
“We decided that a retirement village with a hospital and rest home was a good idea as our children all live more than two hours away and we don’t want them to have to come rushing here if something happens to us,” says Mr McGrath.
Mr and Mrs McGrath looked at the retirement villages on offer in Whanganui, and decided that the brand new villas at Enliven’s Kowhanui Retirement Village were for them.
“We really like the two bedroom villas here. Everything is new, and they are really spacious. The village itself is well laid out too, and each villa has its own garden area.”
The McGraths have settled in to their new home and say that everyone has made them feel really welcome. They have also had a chance to test out the services on offer at Kowhanui Home.
Mrs McGrath stayed in the hospital for a week after she had surgery.
“The staff couldn’t do enough for me,” she says. “Graham was right next door so popped in to see me whenever he liked. It was a great experience but it was nice to get home!”
The McGraths are encouraging others like them to take a tour of the villas at one of the Open Days, held on the fourth Friday of each month. Call the Village sales agent, John Bell, on 06 349 1494 to find out more.
“We love it and you will too!”