The Peoples Choice Award for Best Retirement Village and Aged Care


Every year, Aged Advisor New Zealand hold the ‘Peoples Choice Awards’ for Best Retirement Villages and Best Aged Care. From 4,100+ reviews on over 620 facilities throughout New Zealand, they aggregate the rating scores in order to find the top Retirement Villages and Care Facilities based on residents, families, visitors and staff feedback.

This year we are fortunate enough to steal first place for the ‘Best Small Retirement / Lifestyle Village,’ and take the runner up for ‘Best Aged Care For Over 40 Beds,’ a category we obtained first place in 2018. We are certainly proud to be accepting these awards as they’re a sign of recognition for all the hard work the Archer staff put into making our care, rest homes and lifestyle villages first class – a place where people want to come and start the next chapter of their lives.

The Aged Advisor website has been designed to make looking for the right Retirement Village or Aged Care facilities simpler and easier.

With the growth rate of people 65+ expected to double over the next 15 years more New Zealanders will be looking for retirement or rest care options. The current aged care facilities are operating at high occupancy levels already and rest care providers are building new facilities to cater for the increasing market – and so Aged Advisor wanted to create a platform where people could review and compare these facilities in this rapidly growing demographic within NZ.

Aged Advisor does not run any aged care facilities themselves or do not own any shares with any other aged care or retirement groups – so they have no financial interests in facilities; they simply want the best for the people.

Therefore, to have their audience recognise us as one of the best retirement and aged care providers in New Zealand is an honour. If you haven’t yet checked out their website, click here.

To book a viewing to see our care facilities, rest homes, villages and villas – then please make a booking via our contact page.

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8 Tips For Keeping Warm This Winter

As we settle into another Kiwi winter, frost, rain and very low temperatures, it’s important to be prepared and to keep warm, as the cold can be the biggest threat to the elderly, particularly if they’re feeling unwell.

Here are 8 tips for keeping warm this winter:

  1. Reduce your body heat loss

    A lot of our body heat is lost through the head and neck, so even if you’re indoors, when you’re chilly, try wearing a comfortable hat and scarf. We also lose a lot of warmth through our feet, so thick socks and slippers are key to keeping cosy.

  2. For instant warmness

    A hot water bottle and an electric blanket are good to quickly relieve you from the cold and to help instantly feel warm. However, they should not be used together as this is a hazard and can be dangerous.

  3. Thermals

    Wearing several layers rather than one thick layer will keep you warmer because the layers trap the warm air and keep the heat close to the body. If you plan to go outside for long periods of time then it’s a good idea to invest in some warm thermals and when it’s really cold, get some thermal underwear and bed socks for bed. A thin merino hat can also be ideal for those cold nights.

  4. Maintenance

    If you have a heating system, then get it serviced before we get into the heart of winter as it’s sensible to resolve any issues beforehand and will give you peace of mind knowing you’re all set for when that first cold night draws in. If you have a fire, then getting the chimney swept regularly, will make the heat more efficient in your home.

  5. Keep the draught out

    Even when it’s cold outside, you’ll want to open your windows during the day, if only for a few minutes, to remove moisture from your home and let in the fresh air. However, as soon as the sun goes down, it’s a good idea to keep all windows and doors shut and to use draft excluders to stop cold air flowing through your home. Fitting thermal linings to your curtains will also help keep the heat in.

  6. Moving with safety

    If there is a slope or steps from your front door to the sidewalk, then you could fit a grab rail to the outdoor area for support in case of icy surfaces. Also throwing some grit onto the ground for those really icy days will also help prevent any falls.

  7. Cook warm meals

    Porridge for breakfast and soup for dinner will help keep you warm on the inside. Throughout the day, it’s also good to drink hot drinks, try hot water with lemon if you’re not a fan of tea or coffee.

  8. Get rid of dampness

    Cooking, showering and drying clothes indoors all creates moisture in your home, causing dampness. A damp, mouldy home can be harder to heat and cause respiratory illnesses. To minimise dampness, dry your clothes outside, use extractor fans when cooking and showering and remove condensation from windows and doors daily.

Even when taking all the necessary precautions to stay warm this winter, you may think it’s time or has been considering moving into a retirement village, where homes are designed and built with the elderly in mind; all home safety precautions are already in place and home maintenance is taken care of. You will also be apart of a community, with great facilities and friendly neighbourhoods. If you are interested in one of our villas, cottages or studios, then you can request a visit via our contact page here.

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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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Lake Tekapo trip


“You never know we may even get our zimmers out and start climbing Mt Cook!”

In 2017 Archer Rest Home and Retirement Village residents went to Lake Tekapo for 3 days in September and October – what a great way to throw away the winter ailments!

The following is a report from Sue, our Sales Manager:

“After many enjoyable Archer Tour day trips I was really looking forward to the Archer yearly “camping trip”. I was not disappointed.

Three vans left Archer early on a Tuesday morning in October headed for lunch at Caroline Bay in Timaru. We left Christchurch on a rather average drizzly morning and arrived in Timaru to a beautiful sunny day. Our picnic lunch lasted much longer than we had imagined due to a resident needing medical attention at the hospital. For the rest of us this meant that we all had time to smell the roses and enjoy the peace and good company in the beautiful gardens.

On arrival at Tekapo there was great excitement as we found our rooms and went for a lovely evening meal at the Godley Heads hotel.

Day two of our trip saw us going to Aoraki Mt Cook and the beautiful Hermitage. Leaving Tekapo it was once again a pretty grey day and I was not sure that we would even get to see New Zealand’s tallest and most famous mountain. Luck was shining on us again that day and on our arrival we could see very clearly Mt Cook in its full glory. We spent some time in the Sir Edmund Hillary gallery and were due to see an exhibition that we had waited an hour for only to be told it was cancelled for the day. I could not help thinking how blessed we were to have had all that time sitting under Mt Cook and its beauty and that this was the second time in two days we had paused to enjoy the beautiful world God has created for us.

On our third and final day we visited the Church of the Good Shepherd and then went to Mt John Observatory for morning tea and the most fantastic view overlooking the McKenzie country. The entire McKenzie country is an international dark sky reserve and the night sky from Tekapo is a great place to see the stars.

This trip was so much fun, full on and lots of laughs. I got to know the people I work with much better but most importantly to spend quality time with our dear residents and learn so much more about them.  Can’t wait until next year’s trip to Dunedin.

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