Retirement living promises exciting new communities and lifestyle opportunities.
Bruce and Brenda Filcock hadn’t planned on moving into a retirement community – until they saw the upmarket, modern designs for Campbell Place in Glen Waverley in Melbourne’s south east.
The couple, aged in their 60s, had lived in the area for almost 40 years and considered renovating their family home but Bruce says they couldn’t see the value in “throwing money at it”.
In April this year they were among the first residents to move into Australian Unity’s contemporary retirement apartments, just a few kilometres away from their old home.
Campbell Place is a prime example of the new era in retirement living being embraced by baby boomers around the globe.
It features 54 premium apartments in three buildings and a secure aged care residence to accommodate 102 people.
The community offers multiple on-site facilities including a library, meals and entertainment lounge, barbecue areas, a hairdressing salon, consulting rooms, a gymnasium, a games room and a private dining room.
Campbell Place is named after Murray William Campbell, who became Joint Managing Director of Australian Unity in 2000, after spending 35 years working for Manchester Unity and MUIOOF, its antecedent organisations. Murray served as Director of the Board from 2007 until 2015, when he retired after 50 years of service to the company.
Bruce says the community’s proximity to local facilities and the fact that he and Brenda could retain existing services such as their family doctor also helped them to make the decision.
“We also go away a fair bit so when we travel we can leave everything and don’t have to worry about security at all. Brenda is pretty keen on using the cleaning services too.”
Bruce says his family has embraced the move, too. “Our daughter and grandson think it’s great because he can walk to our place after school and we have a son in the country. With three bedrooms, we have room when he and his children come to stay.”
Bruce says the couple plans to enjoy the location and get to know the other residents.
“We think it will take us a year to visit all the cafes that are just a short walk away and we can’t wait to use all the facilities on site. It’s a great way to meet the other residents and build up that spirit of community.”
Joanne Hill, General Manager at Campbell Place, says one of the main benefits of Campbell Place is that it is a complete community with retirement apartments and aged care in the one location.
“It means that should needs change, couples could potentially still live on the same patch of land, with familiar surroundings.”
The apartments are homely and contemporary with the needs of residents being carefully taken into account, from the width of corridors to the size of doorways and the premium features.
“The amenities are modern and it’s a secure environment as the gates are closed each night,” Joanne says.
She says the inclusive facilities and the appealing surroundings will help to build a sense of community among the residents at Campbell Place.
“We pride ourselves on our culture. We want to create a community and give people options but at the same time let them continue in their own routines.
“Our residents have a life history that’s rich and we want to tap into that,” Joanne says.
Words Kirstie Bedford
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