A Safe Place to Call Home

We love residents stories! Which is why this editorial on Ron is particularly special.

As he settles back in his comfortable armchair, ready to chat, it is easy to see why Ron feels so at home at Edith Cavell Retirement Village. He was the second person to buy a villa and has been there since 1997 after all. Ron says the move to Edith Cavell was one of the best things he’s ever done in his life.

Ron grew up in Birkenhead, near Liverpool during WW2. Ron eventually met his wife and the two then emigrated to New Zealand. The family settled in Sumner in 1965, raising their family in the village, firstly on Heberden Avenue and then by the tennis courts.

Over 50 years later, Ron is now at Edith Cavell. He made the decision to move from the family home a couple of years after his wife passed.

“I was out walking in the hills one day, looked down and could see these villas being built. I went down for a look and I knew it was what I wanted straight away,” he says. “From the day I stepped into this place, it’s been positive. One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.” When he travelled abroad, he locked up his villa, knowing it would be “as safe as safe.”

He gets all the help he needs, with nursing staff available at the press of a buzzer, any time of the day or night. “It is an understatement to say they have been very good,” Ron says. His lunch is delivered daily, he enjoys Happy Hour and the entertainment provided, and he plays bowls, indoors now. Ron enjoys the sense of community at Edith Cavell and aspires to live a better everyday.