Remembering Sacrifice: A Sailor’s Reflection on Anzac Day-

Keith Williams - Fallen comrades never far from former sailor's memory

Former sailor Keith Williamson, 103, reflects on wartime sacrifice, honoring fallen comrades Graham and Read. ANZAC Day commemorates their courage and resilience.

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Proof that age is no barrier to living life to the fullest!-

Ailsa in the City2surf
Ailsa in the Les Mills City2Surf fun run
Ailsa’s story was featured in the Nor’west News & Southernview papers!

We’re all still beaming with pride reading the newspaper write-ups about one of our residents, Ailsa Newton, who showed true determination and spirit by participating in the Les Mills City2Surf fun run. Ailsa, a remarkable 92-year-old, took on the challenge with vigour, completing an impressive 6.5km journey from Porritt Park to Rawhiti Domain.

With extensive training and support from our dedicated staff, Ailsa conquered the course, taking 8480 steps along the way. Her one hour and 43-minute time was an impressive display of physical resilience.

Reflecting on her accomplishment, Ailsa expressed her gratitude for the support she received, emphasising the importance of staying active as she shared, “the event was very good and very well organised. It was a relief to finish, and I was very glad to sit down. I am quite proud of myself for having done it. As people say, use it or lose it. I must say thank you to all who supported me.”

Joined by her son, Brian McCracken, and fellow residents, Ailsa enjoyed the fruits of being dedicated to her training, which included daily walks for six weeks leading up to the event. By achieving her 6km milestone the week before the run, Ailsa surpassed even her own expectations.

While she jokingly says, “I’m still asking myself why I did it. I will never do it again,” she must have caught the competitive walking bug, as she is contemplating future challenges, including a 5km Pink Ribbon walk in October.

Ailsa’s passion for walking stretches back decades, having been a part of various walking groups throughout her life. Her enduring love for walking, which she humorously claims began at just one year old, has been a constant source of joy and vitality for her.

Ailsa continues to maintain an active lifestyle, walking 1.5km four days a week and participating in our village activity programme. Her commitment to staying active serves as an inspiration to us all, demonstrating that age is no barrier to living life to the fullest.

To celebrate Ailsa’s achievement, a special gathering was held here at Archer Village, celebrating her and the other walkers who participated in the event. It was a moment of joy and pride for the entire Archer family as we celebrated Ailsa’s inspirational journey.

References – Digital Archives for the newspaper appearances:

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Elevate Your Wellness Journey in 2024: A Fun Guide for Seniors-

Elevate Your Wellness Journey in 2024: A Fun Guide for Seniors

Kickstart the year with fresh wellness tips! Choose a workout soundtrack, find a virtual buddy, start small, move more, embrace fresh air, and use fitness tech for a fab year!

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No more gutter cleaning!-

Thorrington Villas Exterior view

Retirement Village Living: Choose freedom from home maintenance! Financial liberation, low-maintenance homes, diverse lifestyle options, community support, and security—enjoy the best of both worlds in your golden years.

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

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