20 December 2019   

As a fit and active 66-year-old still engaged in the workforce, Helen Kennedy decided to move into a retirement village for a variety of reasons. The inner west Sydney resident’s sense that it was far better to “move on now, rather than later” was, however, perhaps the primary motivation for her decision.

As a fit and active 66-year-old still engaged in the workforce, Helen Kennedy decided to move into a retirement village for a variety of reasons. The inner west Sydney resident’s sense that it was far better to “move on now, rather than later” was, however, perhaps the primary motivation for her decision.

“My partner and I have both experienced watching our elderly mums delay the decision to move on from a stand-alone family house, and we didn’t want to make that same mistake,” Helen explains.

“Life for elderly people living in a stand-alone house can get very lonely and socially isolated, as we’ve seen happen to our mothers, and selling up, decluttering from a home that’s been long lived in and moving to a new place is not easy. It takes some courage to make that move, and a certain level of energy, and we both felt it was essential not to leave it too late.”

Another reason for moving into a retirement community - where all upkeep, maintenance and landscape gardening chores are the responsibility of village management - was Helen and her partner’s weariness with the constant, ongoing demands and costs of maintaining their former home in Marrickville.

“It was a lovely old cottage, very pretty, but all old houses need a lot of maintenance work, including in our case having to install a new roof few years ago,” Helen says. “It was all starting to really wear us down.”

Having just made the move to Ashfield’s Cardinal Freeman Retirement Village, Helen says she is greatly looking forward to making constant use of its heated indoor pool and gym, as well as exploring the library in historic Glentworth House, the heritage-listed mansion situated at the heart of this village.

“Some people are under the mistaken impression that an over-55s’ independent living village is the same thing as an aged care nursing home, but of course, they’re entirely different,” Helen says.

“There’s such a wide range of social and community activities to choose from here, and it was also an important factor in our decision to choose Cardinal Freeman that we were able to get a ground-floor apartment with a large paved courtyard for our dog and cat.

“What finally swung it for me though was finding out that there’s a really well-equipped workshop in the basement of our building which I can use whenever I want. I love renovating old furniture and that sort of thing, so I was delighted to discover I could bring my sanders and other tools with me and not have to give them away.

“That was definitely the icing on the Cardinal Freeman cake for me!”

“There’s such a wide range of social and community activities to choose from here, and it was also an important factor in our decision to choose Cardinal Freeman”

Find out more about Cardinal Freeman’s wonderful community. Call 1800 72 71 70 today to speak to Jill and arrange a tour of the stunning apartments and over 55’s community.
 

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