Light at the end of the tunnel

In 2020, over 100 residents across our five Melbourne retirement villages endured countless weeks of lockdowns, but the residents’ fighting spirit remained as they have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to protecting themselves and their communities from COVID-19, which at times was ravaging their city.
General Manager Retirement Living, Judene Creedy, said she saw the strength and resilience of the residents. 
“I know it was a difficult time for all in Melbourne, and many were separated from their families for extended periods, we really do hope that no one has to endure that ever again” Judene said.
As a sign of support, Judene and her Retirement Living team sent a ‘hug in a mug’ to each resident in the Melbourne villages.
“We received some lovely responses to the ‘hug in mug’. It was something simple we could do and was meant as a token to demonstrate to each resident, many who were experiencing social isolation, that we were here for them and that we were thinking of them.”
Throughout the prolonged lockdowns, Retirement Living Managers from Queensland called residents to check in on their welfare and to see if they needed any extra support. These calls also gave residents someone new to chat to and a friendly voice at the end of the line Residents also received regular updates regarding the latest government restrictions.
“The residents actively sought information about the current restrictions and contact tracing in their areas. I have no doubt that it is because of this dedication to abiding by the restrictions and getting tested if it was at all possible they could have been exposed or had symptoms, that outbreaks were prevented in our communities. It also demonstrated the general commitment of Melbournians to beating the virus, who did an outstanding job at beating the virus and, from the actions of our residents, I can see the community spirit led to the virus being defeated from what seemed like impossible odds.”
As Melbourne exists from strict lockdowns and the vaccine starts to roll-out, the Retirement Living team is looking towards the future and how the five retirement villages can be revitalised with social activities.
In March, Meredith Adams started as the new Retirement Living Manager to support the Melbourne Villages.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Meredith on board. She has a keen passion for retirement living, and some wonderful ideas for how our villages can enter a new era of socialising and activities that are COVID safe and promote the wellbeing of our residents. She will also be there to support residents with their day-to-day requests and welcome new residents,” Judene said.
“I am excited for the possibilities for our Melbourne villages this year, and hope that all residents can embrace freedoms again and experience what it really means to be a part of a thriving retirement community. There is light at the end of the tunnel now and I hope each of our residents can step out of the darkness of 2020 and once again enjoy what should be some of the best years of their life.”
  Posted March 31, 2021 in Our blog