Care suites snapped up at village
A boutique retirement village in the heart of Opawa has recently welcomed new residents, following completion of a new multi-million development in late April 2017.
Included in the architecturally designed addition at Chatswood Retirement Village are 10 beautiful new one and two bedroom apartments, along with nine care suites, two studios and two hospital rooms.
“We are one of the first in Christchurch to offer truly spacious care suites that are much larger than a standard rest home room or hospital room,” says Rhonda Sherrif f, co-owner of Chatswood.“
“They have their own kitchenette and a spacious ensuite bathroom. These are rooms that people can purchase and remain in for life and have up to full hospital level care. Our new studios also deliver up to that level of care.”
Demand for these new rooms has been very strong.
“I have to say we have been swamped – in fact, they have all sold!” New apartments, decorated and finished to a high quality contemporary standard, are also selling fast at Chatswood. Several are already occupied.
Offering spacious open plan living, these apartments include dishwasher and laundry facilities, an ensuite (plus additional toilet in the two bedroom apartment), a private patio with garden views and a 24 hour nurse call system.
“We are currently committed to a single storey facility,” Rhonda observes.
“We believe that’s important. We also want to deliver the highest standard of décor. We spent some time last year working through that to make sure we would have really beautiful fittings.”
Hospital rooms have been designed to meet the comfort and care needs of residents with each room having its own ensuite, private telephone, TV and Sky connection, underfloor heating with individual room controls and a 24 hour nurse call system.
The village has dedicated staff committed to providing the best quality care, including registered and enrolled nurses, care givers, housekeeping staff, diversional therapist and chef.
Scheduled outings, gatherings and social activities give plenty of opportunities for companionship and friendship.
Regular exercise classes, along with hairdressing and beauty services, are also part of village life.
“This is a very friendly environment where we pride ourselves on knowing each and every one of our residents, their family members, and their care needs.”
Similarly, great care is taken over the grounds with experienced gardener Ron Kendrick heavily involved in landscaping.
Planned for the next phase of development is “a magnificent garden swale” with a water feature that is poised to be another gracious new addition.
As well as providing continuity of care, a strong sense of community, beautiful architectural design and landscaping, Chatswood Retirement Village is also very much at home in its neighbourhood.
“Opawa School is on our back boundary and so we do involve children from the school with our community here.
We recently hosted drinks and nibbles for our immediate neighbours to thank them for putting up with all the building work and extra traffic.
“We’re also looking at holding a community barbecue in the near future to encourage residents to come in and meet us.”
This privately owned boutique village opened its first new extension several years’ ago, comprising 28 hospital beds and 14 studios and apartments.
This latest development was designed by Paul Foley Design Ltd and built by Armitage Williams Construction.
Along with the new suites, rooms and apartments, the new addition also includes an additional lounge area, adding to the village’s existing lounge and dining spaces.
Building consent is now being sought for the next stage of development that will deliver another six new apartments, (predominantly two bedroom apartments).