Downsizing and moving to a retirement village was a nobrainer for Tom and Wendy Hickmott.
The pair, in their early 80s, were looking for a home atmosphere with the potential for longer-term care.
They moved into a large Remuera complex which offers individual living, assisted living, rest home, hospital and dementia care.
‘‘The time had come ... although we were very happy at Half Moon Bay,’’ Tom says.
‘‘We had wonderful friends there and it was a wonderful community but we felt that we had apprised ourselves of the options and what we should be looking for which was a comfortable place, a secure place, a place that’s relatively close to family.
‘‘As it turned out it has been superbly satisfactory.’’
The couple spent their working years dairy farming in the Waikato and raised three children.
the retirement village six months ago after 23 years in Half Moon Bay.
Getting informed on their options was a big part of the process.
They know friends who have looked into moving into a village, but that’s as far as they go. And as they get older, it becomes too late.
‘‘The best thing is to be in a position to make your own decision, about where to go and when to go,’’ Tom says.
The couple are happy with their three-bedroom townhouse with bathroom, openplan kitchen and dining and single garage.
They have a small manageable garden, security, and lots of activities to get involved in such as golf, petanque, swimming, crafts and the gym.
It’s like living in a resort, Wendy says.
‘‘We can be as social as we want to be.’’ An accident prompted Rex Howe to assess his living arrangements.
About 10 years ago, his wife Dora fell and broke a leg and an ankle.
She could no longer cope with the stairs in their Epsom home.
The couple thought about putting in a lift – but Rex and his daughter Glenis found another option.
‘‘We looked at this house . . . and that decided us,’’ he says.
‘‘Glenis said if you sold your house and I sold mine we could afford to buy that house.
‘‘It was the best thing we did.’’
Rex, 93, is a former fitter and turner who served in the navy for seven years.
He has three grandchildren and, like most grandparents, he would like to see them more often.
He does what he can to help out with the cleaning and gardening, though his daughter does the cooking now.
‘‘We have an argument now and then which is only normal. Especially when she’s cooking and I might put my spokes in and say the wrong thing. But we’ve never had any big arguments.’’
Rex says he made sure his daughter was happy with the move.
‘‘I didn’t want my daughter to do it unless she was absolutely certain,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s worked out good, especially since my wife died.
‘‘Moving here with my daughter has been a good thing for me.’’