New retirement village for Wigram
One of New Zealand’s largest privately owned aged care companies, Golden Healthcare Group, which has provided Christchurch with long-term residential and dementia aged care, mental health support, and retirement village complexes since 1985, has just got bigger.
Its latest facility, Lady Wigram Retirement Village, opened mid-December, 2017, on a 5.7 hectare site near Wigram Town Centre, close to Wigram Air Force Museum and The Landing, the central retail hub of the Wigram Skies subdivision.
Golden Healthcare Group corporate services manager David Sidaway says the concept behind Lady Wigram Retirement Village is to provide hotel-style accommodation for residents who enjoy being part of a vibrant and social community.
When complete, it will comprise 101 villas with attached garages, 73 apartments, and 100 care beds including a rest home, hospital, and dementia facilities.
The latest buildings to be completed at Wigram are the community centre and 16 serviced one- and two-bedroom apartments, for which immediate possession is available. Twelve of the 101 completed villas are still available.
“Our purpose built two-and three-bedroom villa options are beautifully designed to maximise both light and space,” David says.
“Our apartments are villas in the style of a hotel, and while this concept is relatively new to Christchurch, it is familiar in the North Island,” says David.
“People who don’t have a need for their own grounds, and enjoy mixing with others in communal activities and locations will ﬁ nd them much to their liking,” he says.
“And of course, because the apartments sit within the retirement village, it means their residents know that full care is available if required on site, as time progresses.”
The Lady Wigram Retirement Village community centre includes a kitchen that provides a midday meal for residents, a bowling green,billiards room, hairdressing salon, library, and theatre.
The sales ofﬁ ce is also based in this building at 210 Kittyhawk Ave, Wigram. Currently being built is another apartment building which includes a swimming pool, gymnasium, and spa pool.
Lady Wigram Retirement Village is one of eight facilities operated by The Golden Healthcare Group that offer a variety of residential care services. The large Christchurch-based group is a privately owned provider that strives to support every aspect of aged care.
Rest home care is provided in Golden Age Rest Home and Brookhaven Rest Home, both of which also encompass retirement villages. Brookhaven also has a dementia care unit along with the dedicated Camellia Court, Albarosa, and Somerﬁ eld Rest Homes.
Furthermore, Hoon Hay Rest Home is a dedicated dementia unit, but Hoon Hay House on the same site specialises in mental health.
“Within the facilities, there are plenty of opportunities to create unique environments for differing requirements for residents,” David says.
Nursing care is provided by registered nurses, regular scheduled medical appointments and oncall doctors ensure residents’ health is well monitored.
Diversional therapists and activities co-ordinators ensure residents will never be bored and they participate in programmed activities, games, sing-alongs with performances by visiting entertainers, library book exchange, and exercise programmes. The group has four vans to utilise for residents’ outings.