Aveo communities are filled with residents with interesting stories. You may be surprised why this couple moved into Hunters Green, retirement community in Cranbourne East, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can you tell us a little about yourselves?
"My name is Jenny and my interests include vintage wares, gardening and my family. I am married to David, his interests revolve around car racing and family. We first met at school 43 years ago and we have now been married for 38 years. Together we have two sons, Ashleigh and Jarryd. We have one granddaughter, one grandson and another on the way."
What were your professions prior to retirement?
"I was at Woolworths for 30-plus years and David was in the caravan/RV industry for 14 years and previous to that worked in the white goods sector for 20 years. Currently we run a small vintage stall in Tyabb."
You moved into Aveo Hunters Green in the midst of a global pandemic. What factors convinced you the timing was right?
"We moved in during the COVID-19 pandemic. We put our family home on the market but the impact of the pandemic meant house inspections were halted. Around the same time David was unexpectedly made redundant from his position, a job we had assumed would take him through to retirement. This pointed us in the direction of Aveo Hunters Green as we wanted to remain debt free and because it was positioned halfway between our two sons and 10 minutes' drive from our friends and family."
How did you know that Aveo Hunters Green was the right place for you?
"Because we loved the location, the affordability, the fact it was a new unit and were impressed with the overall facilities. Physically we will be better off here in the long run with less garden and home maintenance and the ability to pack up and travel with ease knowing our home is cared for. After dealing with our elderley parents, we feel we have been proactive in downsizing and moving forward in a positive manner without putting all the stress on our children in the future."
How are you settling into community life and have you had much of a chance yet to involve yourself in community life?
"We feel now after six months that it feels to be the right decision for us. The total peace and quiet, combined with the safety of being in a gated community is just what we needed."
What is the one thing that has surprised you most about life in a retirement community?
"We feel we were well informed and had done our homework leading up to COVID-19. Therefore we came in with the right mindset. Now that restrictions have lifted, we have met a few couples that we feel friendships will form."
What is the one piece of advice you would offer others thinking about entering a retirement community?
"Trust your gut instinct and gather all relevant information. Compare communities and all they offer, as each is different in terms of their rules and fees. We feel we have entered at a good age to build friendships and neighbour relationships. We have future-proofed ourselves and now feel we have added years to our lives. Bring on the serenity."