For two years, Village Manager David Kolonis has loved working at Vermont Retirement Village.
There’s no typical day for David at the village, “every day is a new adventure with new tasks to complete and new challenges. I love the variety.”
But what he loves most is the residents and their families. “Recently I had the daughter of a resident come in to thank me for everything I do for her mother – especially the social interaction,” he says. “I’ve learnt that just a 3-minute conversation can brighten someone’s day – and that is the most rewarding part of the job that I love.”
For the residents, they love their independence – and of course, their retirement.
“Some might start their day with an early walk, others dive into the social aspect of village living like bowls, happy hour, devotions and music,” says David. “Whatever they choose, it’s clear they’re enjoying their retirement in a relaxed atmosphere.”
From retired solicitors to council mayors, then retired dockworkers and factory hands – the residents’ backgrounds are so varied.
“One resident was in the air force in World War II,” says David. “Each resident has their own story and I’m constantly astounded by how extraordinary some of their lives are.”
David says he wishes people knew how much fun is had at retirement villages. “The purpose is to make your retirement fulfilling and enjoyable,” he says. “There is a sense of community and friendship that you normally don’t get in the general community.”
David says people love the freedom that comes with retirement village living – “the flexibility to retire your way, to sit back and watch the world go or do as much for the village as you wish.”
There is also the comfort in knowing the staff and other residents are there to look out for you.
To find out more about living at Vermont Village, call 1800 72 71 70 or make a visit today.
“The purpose is to make your retirement fulfilling and enjoyable. There is a sense of community and friendship that you normally don’t get in the general community.” - David Kolonis, Village Manager