Retirement Village vs Rest Home: Which One is Right for You?-

As we age, it’s important to consider our living options and what will best suit our needs. Two common options for seniors are residential rest homes and retirement villages, but what’s the difference between the two? This guide will help you understand the differences so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you.

Understanding the Differences Between Retirement Villages and Residential Rest Homes.

Retirement villages and residential rest homes are two options for seniors who may need assistance with daily living. Retirement villages are typically designed for independent living with added facilities and services, while rest homes provide a higher level of care for seniors that need assistance with daily tasks. Retirement villages often offer social activities, fitness centres, and transportation services. Residential rest homes usually provide 24-hour care and can provide medical assistance. It’s important to consider your individual needs and preferences when choosing between the two options. Read on for pointers to help you in your decision making.

1. Consider Your Lifestyle and Needs.

When deciding between a retirement village and a residential rest home, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and needs. If you are still able to live independently but want access to additional amenities and services, a retirement village may be the best option for you. However, if you require a little bit more care and assistance with daily tasks, a rest home may be a better fit. When thinking about making the move, you should assess your current needs but also consider your future needs as it is possible your needs will change over time. A great positive of moving into one of our Archer Villages is that should your needs change you have priority access to our two residential rest homes. When looking at living options you will also want to consider factors such as location, cost, and available services. Our website has all the information you need about our villages and residential rest homes. If you have any further questions, you can click here to phone, email or send us a message via our website and we will be happy to assist you.

2. Evaluate the Cost and Financial Implications.

When deciding between a retirement village and a rest home, it’s important to evaluate the cost and financial implications of each option. Retirement villages often require an upfront payment or ongoing fees, while rest homes may be covered by government funding or require a daily fee. Consider your budget and financial situation when making your decision, and don’t forget to factor in any potential future costs such as healthcare expenses. It’s also important to understand the terms and conditions of any contracts or agreements before making a commitment. At Archer we have a range of “Peace of Mind” Commitments, one of these is our guarantee to you of fixed weekly fees for life. This means that village residents will never see an increase in fees!

3. Look at the Amenities and Services Offered.

Another important factor to consider when choosing between a retirement village and a rest home is the amenities and services offered. Retirement villages often offer a range of facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, and community centers, as well as social activities and events. Rest homes, on the other hand, may offer more specialized care services such as nursing and dementia care.

Archer retirement villages

Archer has four fabulous retirement villages; Archer Village, Thorrington Village, Linrose Village & Maryville Courts, each one has its own community centre for resident run groups and meetings. Archer Village has a leisure centre with an indoor heated pool and spa that residents from all villages can enjoy. Each year Archer Tours runs several events and day trips for village residents at all of our locations, and senior members of the community click here to see the tours we’ve enjoyed so far this year, and those still to come!

Archer residential homes

Archer has two residential rest homes, Archer Home and Thorrington Home, where we offer short term (respite) care services, rest home accommodation, hospital level care accommodation and dementia care accommodation. Both residential rest homes offer a homely setting for all residents, with our motto “living life, loving life” showing our focus on residents living the life they want.

4. Take a Tour and Ask Questions.

Before making a decision between a retirement village and a rest home, it’s important to take a tour of each facility and ask questions. This will give you a better understanding of the environment, staff, and services offered. During your tour, pay attention to the cleanliness and maintenance of the facility, as well as the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. Ask about the level of care provided, the cost of services, and any additional fees or charges. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or speak with current residents to get their perspective on the facility.

We welcome all visitors, please don’t hesitate to contact us and arrange to come in and take a look around any of our villages or residential homes. We are happy to answer any questions you have either in person, on the phone or via email.

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Outing to The Groynes-

Archer Trust - Groynes Outing

Last week some of our residents went for an outing to The Groynes, where they enjoyed a cup of tea, feeding the ducks and reminiscing of the days when they had brought their families out for picnics.

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Nature watch at Archer Village-

Baby seagull and watchful parents at Archer Village

There’s always something happening around Retirement Villages. This week we have a baby seagull running around the place making lots of noise and learning to fly.

The parents are keeping a very close eye on it from the top of the Leisure Centre, feeding it and making sure it’s safe by bringing in reinforcements and dive-bombing anyone who gets too close.

The seagull has been checked out by a professional, so we just have to keep clear and watch as nature takes its course and the bird eventually takes off into the sky.

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A gift of lilies-

Archer Village - A gift of lilies

What a wonderful surprise we had today – a gift of lilies from Aromaunga Baxter flowers. They certainly brightened up the lives of a lot of residents, visitors and staff today. Thank you so much Aromaunga Baxter flowers – we really appreciate your kindness in thinking of us.

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Diamond artwork demonstration-

Archer diamond artwork demonstration

One of our staff members Linda recently brought in her collection of Diamond Art and displayed it for our residents to enjoy. She also did a demonstration which attracted a lot of interest. We think she must have spent hours on her lovely artwork.

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Battling the Isolation Blues-

Wellbeing Team and Chaplain support

Being in lockdown and isolation isn’t fun.

While our caregivers are doing an amazing job looking after our residents, our Wellbeing Team and Chaplains are busy looking after mental health. Jo was busy today delivering fun packs while Bernadette and Bronwyn delivered some sweet treats for afternoon tea.

Thank you for your patience as we ride this storm – we appreciate the lovely comments and encouragement we have received and hope we will be back to normal soon.

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Nola the Therapy Dog Visits-

Thorrington has a pet therapy dog called Nola who came to visit recently. Nola was a delight, enjoyed the attention and was very well received after the lockdown.

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Rest Home Living during Covid-

Archer's Rest Home living during Covid in New Zealand

Here’s a wee snapshot of what life in Covid looks like in a rest home – mask wearing, social distancing, reading and discovering new games. We hope you are all keeping well. We are pleased to be able to open up to visitors once again and return to some form of normality.

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Armchair trip to Australia-

Archer Village - Armchair trip to Australia

Bernadette took some of our residents on an armchair ‘trip to Australia’ recently. Everyone had a boarding pass and passport and ‘inflight’ refreshments were offered. Once at the ‘destination’ there were some hand-on activities relating to the indigenous culture. Wonder where they will head off to next?

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BBQ at Waikuku-

Waikuku Beach bach visit and bbq

Last week some of our village residents went on a drive out to Waikuku to visit our Sales Manager Sue and her husband Charlie’s nearly 100 year old Bach. Charlie shared the history of the Bach and told stories of the shenanigans he used to get up to as a child. Some residents took a walk to the beach and then a good old kiwi BBQ was enjoyed.

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Nativity scenes galore!-

Kathleen, who has served for many years as a Missionary throughout the world, offered to come and show our residents some of her 40 plus nativity sets. Her collection included a set made from felt from Kyrgystan, an ebony wood set from Kenya, a scene made from horse-shoe nails from North Dakota, a Canadian scene made from olive wood and sets from India and Pakistan. Our residents just loved her display and really enjoyed touching the different fabrics.

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree-

Archer's Christmas trees

Christmas at Archer. One of our staff members Jessmine made a wonderful job of decorating the trees.

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Maryville Courts Purchase-

Archer announces the conditional purchase of Maryville Courts, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.

Maryville Courts is a stunning independent Retirement Village in the City Centre. It comprises of lovely landscaped and spacious grounds, has 65 villas and apartments and a comprehensive community centre for residents to enjoy.

It was established in 1983 and run by the Maryville Courts Trust Board. The Catholic Diocese has been undergoing a major re-organization with the proposed construction of a new Cathedral and surrounding precinct. The Archbishop states “Maryville has a very good name as a place which provides quality facilities and housing for people in a caring environment. The decision to consider selling Maryville is a decision not taken lightly…”

Archer feels honoured and humbled to have this acquisition opportunity. We acknowledge the anxiousness that Maryville residents may feel with the possibility of a new owner, however, we see that many of our values are similar. Both are charitable organisations, have the Christian faith as part of our special character; while Archer’s ‘loving life’ programmes offer a diverse range of events including Archer Tours, and being able to provide a continuum of care services as and when needed by residents.

Archer will strive to offer Maryville residents confidence for their future and provide these additional services for residents to enjoy as being part of the wider Archer family.

Graeme Mitchell
General Manager
Archer Group
1 September 2021

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Archie the Cat-

Archie - Archer's cat

Meet Archie – the resident Archer cat.

Archie likes to have lunch with staff in the outdoors area and enjoys any snacks that may go his way.

He is very friendly, loves attention and residents are very fond of him.

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Resident Interviews-

Archer resident interviews

We have recently enlisted Michael Kircher at to make a video of our three villages, along with interviews of residents from each site.

Here are Barbara and Warren from Linrose preparing for their interviews. Watch this space!

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Covid Vaccinations for Residents-

Covid vaccinations at Archer

Our Archer Rest Home residents had their Covid vaccination today. It’s reassuring to know they are being protected.

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Aquacise at the Archer Leisure Centre-

Archer Leisure Centre aquacise class

Once a week on a Monday afternoon, Jo takes aquacise in the Archer Leisure Centre Swimming Pool.

It’s nice and warm in there and a great way to get some exercise and have some fun.

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A visit from Aspire Canterbury-

Aspire Canterbury mobile service

Aspire Canterbury has been an integral part of the Christchurch disabled and elderly community since 1989, offering support, advice and resources.

They recently paid us an informative visit and showed various products with the aim to inspire individuals to live the life they aspire to.

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Lockdown Short Story Competition-

Archer Covid-19 lockdown short story competition

During our Covid-19 Lockdown season, a short story competition ran for residents from Archer’s three Lifestyle Villages and two Care Homes. The theme was “All’s Well that Ends Well” and the winners were decided by our expert Judge Anne Wignall.

One of our stories even made it to the Prime Minister’s Office and Lynne was very surprised to receive a lovely letter of reply from Jacinda which now has pride of place in her villa.

We had a lovely time presenting certificates and the printed book has been very well received with several residents purchasing copies for family and friends. If you would like a copy they are available from the Archer office for $10.00.

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Respite Care-


Respite is taking a break from your caring responsibilities. Taking time out can help you feel rested and re-energised.

A respite option is any support or service that helps you to have a break from caring for a person with a disability.

In order to take a break, you may consider,

  • Asking other family members or friends to take over your duties
  • Hiring a support worker
  • Paying for the person to do an activity or programme that they enjoy
  • Temporarily send the person to an organisation that has the skills for caring with people with disabilities

If some of these options are not feasible, then you may be eligible to get funding from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Services (NASC). NASCs is an organisation that falls under the Ministry of Health, who is responsible to assist disabled people, their families and their carers. They will be able to assist with your support needs so you can get the break you deserve.

Archer Group is an organisation that is proud to offer respite and emergency support. We truly understand how difficult it can be to be a full-time and part-time carer, which is why we offer this service. You can be sure Archer’s staff will take care of your loved ones and can guarantee a piece of mind whilst you take a time-out from your daily duties.

If you’re in need of assistance, then get in touch with Archer today to discuss dates, type of care and payment options.


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