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Resident Health Tips

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Resident Wisdom and Health Tips you can count on.

People have tips for everything these days, but the tips carry a greater weight from those who have the longetivity to prove their wisdom.

We recently asked some of our beautiful residents what their Winter Health tips were and documented their response below. These three residents are over 100 years old…now that is some wisdom worth listening to.

Collie's Winter Health tipsCollie – 106 years young

Have a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar morning and night and tell jokes to keep yourself warm.

Collie turned 106 years old on June 27th. He’s been our resident for the last 16 years.

Other tips from Collie include:

  1. Sit in the morning sunlight
  2. Drink 4 cups of coffee

Peggy's Winter Health Tips Peggy McKinnon – 99 years young

To stay active by cheering on the Crows to win every weekend and stay rugged up to keep yourself warm.

Peggy recently turned 100 and is waiting for her letter from the queen with great anticipation.

Peggy's Winter Health TipsPeggy Howarth – 100 years young

I come from good stock and I have a daily walk around the block.

Peggy Howarth

If you’ve been looking for some winter health tips from centenarians, then you can now tick off your health bucket list.

The common themes between the three include:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Friendship and Sunlight
  • Stay Warm
  • Love who you are and keep your spirits high.

Need a place to stay warm this winter in the company of great people? Drop in to Huey’s Cafe at Myrtle Bank open Monday through Saturday.

Your Journey into Retirement

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Are you considering making the move into retirement? There are a few things to think about during the process. Some of our residents have taken as little as 4 weeks and as long as 4 years to journey into retirement, so don’t feel rushed or pressured. Watch the video or skip below to see the list.

4 Steps to Journey into Retirement

  1. Visit Retirement Villages and Gather Information
  2. Prepare your house for sale
  3. Get Independent Specialist Financial advice about in-going, on-going, and out-going costs before purchase
  4. Get Independent Legal Advice about contracts, terms and conditions before purchase

Visiting Retirement Villages

Every village offers unique services, lifestyle options and community aspects so it’s in your best interest to visit multiple and gather information from each one. Before you visit, think through the details and prepare some questions to ask the specialists at the villages, but ask yourself some questions too.

  • Where do I want to live?
  • Is it close to family and friends?
  • Would this village suit my lifestyle?
  • What other services does this provider offer such as in-home care or aged care?
  • What can I contribute to this community?

Preparing your house for sale

Appraisals, decluttering and moving are all elements of preparing your house for sale and downsizing. It’s worth getting multiple appraisals for your home and employing the services of removalists.

Consider the property you’ll be moving into, will your furniture work in the space? Many villages have relationships with removalists and are happy to help you arrange their services. The last two elements are the most important in the process.

Get Independent Legal and Financial Advice

It’s imperative to get independent legal and financial advice to make an informed decision before you move into a retirement village. Know the ins and outs of the contract for signing and also whether you’re going to be comfortable with the fees associated with living in a retirement village.

Have questions? We are more than happy to answer any and also point you in the right direction to some great resources.

We currently have four Retirement Living sites across Adelaide. Each village has a unique community feel with different size homes that suit a variety of budgets.

From Retirement Village to Residential Aged Care

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A testimony from residents Trevor & Margaret

We recently sat down with residents Trevor and Margaret and asked them to share their experience of transitioning from Sturt Retirement Village to Residential Aged Care within RSL Care SA.

Trevor and Margaret’s journey with RSL Care SA began in 2015 when they moved into Sturt Retirement Village. For almost a year they lived independently among the other residents in the village, only receiving assistance with maintenance and gardening. With increasing health concerns, they decided to take their future into their own hands and enquire about Residential Aged Care.

“My wife Margaret has a memory problem and I have been her primary carer for many years. We are both in our mid 80s, but we were managing okay in an independent living unit until I had a fall that required a short period in hospital”.

Fortunately Trevor had already placed his and Margaret’s name on the waiting list for a couple’s room at The War Veterans Home in Myrtle Bank. Already being valued residents of RSL Care SA’s Retirement Village, they were given priority placement into the aged care facility.

“The move to Residential Aged Care at Myrtle Bank over a year ago has proved to be one of the wisest decisions we have taken in our advanced years. The transition from independent living has been seamless and I now recognise that I was only marginally managing to cope prior to the move”.

Although Trevor and Margaret have moved into a higher level of care, RSL Care SA allows them to keep their independence and live with the same freedom they experienced in the Retirement Village; 

“The staff at the WVH have been quite exceptional in catering for our needs, we are able to walk freely for several kilometres a day in the parks nearby, we are able to arrange short vacations whenever we wish, and best of all, we both know that as our health further deteriorates we will receive the care that we will need. For the first time in years we can relax!”

Trevor and Margaret can now focus on enjoying each others company while the friendly staff at RSL Care SA handle the rest!

For more information on Residential Aged Care or Retirement Living, please click the link below.

Residential Aged Care

Retirement Living

Residents Beth and Peter

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Myrtle Bank Retirement Living

Residents Beth and Peter

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Beth and Peter. They purchased a villa with RSL Care SA to enjoy the convenience of a maintenance free lifestyle. They moved to the Myrtle Bank Retirement Village from Felixstow to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

It wasn’t a quick process. Peter was always open to the idea of a retirement village, but Beth had spent most of her career in the retirement industry and wasn’t as sold on the idea.

Beth and Peter had to ask the question, “what do we do now?” They found themselves with time, a large 5 bedroom family home, and the inconvenience of being North Adelaide while their family was in the Inner South Eastern suburbs.  It’s a common scenario, but sometimes people are less inclined to make the move and transition to a Retirement Village.

As you watch the video, Beth and Peter encourage others in similar scenarios to make the move when you can. Don’t make the move when you have to. Circumstances that force a move from the family home take their toll on families and finances adding pressure that could have been avoided with planning and quicker action.

Beth and Peter thoroughly enjoy their villa at Myrtle Bank. It has enough room for the grandchildren, street frontage and a yard for their beautiful dog. They take daily walks to the local doggy park where they have met local neighbours and made lasting friendships.

Enjoy the Uncut Interview.

Would you like to know more, simply fill out the form to your right.

You can view more information about RSL Care SA Retirement villages below.

About us

RSL Care SA believes that the ex-service community deserves the best care and affordable accommodation. RSL Care SA is an independently constituted not for profit organisation with links to the Returned & Services League of Australia (SA Branch).

Our mission is to support veterans and their dependents, although the ex-service community are our primary client group it is not exclusively so. The facilities and services are also available to the broader community.

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