My role is multifaceted - from involvement in village development, villa maintenance and landscaping to meeting with prospective new residents and providing support for existing residents. Importantly I also work with the residents’ committee in planning the outings and events at the village.
This job represents a new chapter in my life and I'm relatively new at MiLife. My role offers variety and colour with a hands on approach and lots of support from the residents as I find my feet. Having passion for the role and the people here is important to me.
The support and the companionship in the village is priceless. This community atmosphere helps give peace of mind to the families who don’t get to see their parents and grandparents as often as they would like. Most of our residents have joined MiLife for the things they can’t get living outside of the village. Rather than being alone and having to worry about maintenance issues with their home, here people can focus on developing friendships and being involved in activities that interest them – whether it be quiz nights, Tai Chi, knitting or any variety of activities.
The village is run by the residents with the support of myself as the village manager which is a different approach than the Hi De Hi style of living. To see their social calendar you wonder when retirement life is going to begin.
Recently we had a girls night out shopping and had the whole shop to ourselves, the buzz of chitter chatter as people were trying on different items was amazing and then off we all go for dinner. This event didn’t stop the people coming along on a cold May winter’s evening.
The residents also had a tour over to Tui Brewery for lunch. It was great to see so many of them going out and having a good time as testament by the Tui photo they got: ‘MiLife were here – yeah right‘