Reflecting on Great Lives

This week we were saddened to lose two of our much loved residents; Harry Frost in our Warwick village and Walter Vanhelderen from our Skye village. Our thoughts go out to their families and their friends in this difficult time.

Whilst death greets us all at some point in time, we should take the time to reflect on the great lives these men had and the positive effect they had on their family and peers. As members of our Oak Tree communities they were able to share their life experiences with other residents and staff of the Oak Tree family. Our staff love the opportunity to interact with our residents who have wide and varied pasts and life experiences. We will certainly miss them both.

One of the differences for us at Oak Tree is taking any opportunity to be in the villages and spend time with the resident group. This is important for all of our staff, not just the Directors. In this way we provide a learning experience for our staff as well as recognising the contribution to life that our residents have made over their lifetimes. Open Days and village events provide this great opportunity and will always be a part of the Oak Tree way.

Being a predominantly regionally focused business allows us to provide an independent retirement option for people outside of the metropolitan environment. Of course we do have 3 villages in the metro areas and these provide a great option for people living near by.

The problem we often see in the regional areas though is a total lack of retirement accommodation. This has meant historically that seniors have had to leave the area to seek a retirement village lifestyle. Whilst this makes sense in some instances (moving to be closer to family elsewhere) in most instances it is extremely challenging. Our experience at Oak Tree is that, generally, seniors want to remain in their home town or city. This is where their family often resides, their friends, their local GP, their bowling club, their favourite shops etc. Moving can be a dramatic experience if it means moving (not by choice) outside of their local community. More importantly though, the loss of these people means a bit of the town dies with their moving away. At Oak Tree, our aim is to prevent this from happening as much as we can.

We are doing our best to open options for people in regional locations on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Places like Townsville, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Warwick, Brisbane, Armidale, Inverell, Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Newcastle, Kingston Tasmania and Taree. These are live projects – we will be adding to this list in due course. Take a look around the website and see if something appeals. We’d love to help you find an option that makes sense for you.

Until next time.

Warmest Regards

Mark

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