We love the new opportunities

TriCare Runaway Bay Retirement Community Village Manager, Andrew George said “Life in a retirement village is perfect for those who are looking forward to an easier lifestyle. Our Independent Living Units may be smaller than your family home, meaning more time for leisurely pursuits”.

This is exactly what Garrie and Pamela Vidler were after.

Their family home in Mollymook, on the South Coast of New South Wales, was becoming too much for them to maintain.

“We are not getting any younger and one day one of us is going to be alone. It’s not something you like to think about, but it was important as well for both us and our family that we made sure that when the time came we had the support and care from like-minded people,” said Garrie.

Having holidayed at the Gold Coast for the past 10 years, retired engineer Garrie Vidler and his wife Pamela opted for a sea change moving into Unit 50 at Runaway Bay Retirement Community earlier this year.

“Having inspected retirement village’s closer to home and on the Gold Coast, Runaway Bay Retirement Community stood out because of its park like surrounds, beautiful views of the canal, pristine residences and welcoming community,” said Garrie.

Both Garrie and Pamela enjoy reading on their private balcony and taking in the beautiful canal views.

“Our new home is the perfect base with local shops, eateries, beaches and attractions close by. It is also nice to know that the aged care residence is next door should we need it,” said Garrie.

“We love the new opportunities; enjoying more time for local adventures. I am even learning Croquet for the first time,” said Garrie.

Garrie and Pamela in their new home at Runaway Bay Retirement Community

Garrie and Pamela in their new home at Runaway Bay Retirement Community

I’ve never looked back!

According to resident Margaret Thorpe, the decision to move to TriCare’s James Ommaney Retirement Community had been daunting but ultimately good for her.

Ms Thorpe said she made the move after admiring the quiet, leafy streets of Mt Ommaney and listening to the encouraging words from residents returning from a shopping trip on the community bus.

“I have never looked back,” she said.

“After six months in hospital with a long difficult commute between Rockhampton and Brisbane for healthcare needs, I looked into living options in the local community”.

“I saw many villages that were too big or didn’t feel right and then I discovered James Ommaney Retirement Community nestled in the western suburbs of Brisbane. When you first drive in, it looks very pleasant and as you keep going, it just gets better”.

Leafy, peaceful surrounds at James Ommaney Retirement Community.

“It has lovely gardens, nice big rooms and plenty of space.”

Outdoor pool and spa for residents

Enjoy easy access to village facilities including an outdoor pool and spa.

Ms Thorpe said those considering moving to the retirement village would enjoy the range of activities and the freedom to join in as much or as little as they pleased.

“There is plenty to do and lots of activities to enjoy if you want to join in, or if not, that’s fine too,” she said.

“The staff are wonderful and there is no pressure. Coming to Brisbane and trying something new was good for me.”