Meet the new Ridgehaven Retirement Village Manager John NeillJohn joined the Stockland team in March 2017 and life at Ridgehaven is keeping him busy, “the diversity of our day to day keeps us on our toes. As a team we work to create a place everyone loves to live in and gets the most out of life” says John.
“I think what people love about Ridgehaven is the convenience of the location. There is a swimming centre across the road. The bowls club, football club and a major shopping centre are all within walking distance.”
“Bowls are very popular here and the close access to the club has encouraged many residents to take up the sport” says John. “However one of the most popular activities at the village is Chair Pilates, especially designed to improve muscle strength in older bodies, the residents have really taken to it.”
“Having an established village with lots of long term residents and relationships has created a wonderful community feel. Its tight knit here, and people look out for each other.”
Outside of work John enjoys watching local football in winter and fishing in summer. John also claims to be a dab hand in the kitchen, “but I haven’t tried any of my recipes on the residents yet” laughs John.
John’s advice to anyone thinking about a retirement village would be – “Don’t think about it for too long, take the time to go and visit a Village, many Villages offer trial stays and you should take advantage of such offers…you don’t buy a car without a test drive do you?”
If you would like to meet John or take a tour of Ridgehaven call 1800 72 71 70 to book a tour.