They’re loving retirement

The Glasshouse village with a big heart

It’s our home and we love it! That’s the ‘catch cry’ of residents at Glasshouse Views Retirement Village.

The Village, a little-known ‘gem’ for residents aged over 65 years, is concealed beside the better-known Beerwah aged care facility on Peachester road. Established in 2008, the Glasshouse Views Retirement Village until recently, was a McKenzie operation, now purchased by Bolton Clarke, who has become Australia’s largest independent not-for-profit aged care provider.

“Ironically, we are the smallest retirement village in Queensland. Residents live independently, in 24 spacious, purpose built and well equipped villas, all fully maintained by management,“ said Village manager Kristy Brinton.
      While living independently, those residents who hold My Aged Care packages can retain the services provided, otherwise, if needed, seek private arrangements. There is also a resident’s caravan parking area.
      Residents come from an array of backgrounds, get along well and form friendships; respecting each other and living in peaceful coexistence.

This little village provides a wide variety of activities for enjoyment and fellowship. Activities range from appropriate exercises indoors or in the pool, games afternoons including; board games, croquet, bowls or billiards, craft afternoons, café style coffee mornings with birthday recognition and occasional entertainment, monthly lunch meetings, a community library and a men’s shed. Movies are routinely shown in the theatre with special dinner events staged. Residents have an upcoming high tea lunch with a movie showing of ‘Mrs Harris Goes to Paris’.  All this is enjoyed without leaving the village.

Residents walk in open areas, safe and secure in resort like surroundings. While venturing further afield on bus trips, residents support local venues for events, such as the annual Christmas lunch.

Resident comments include “I wish I’d moved here earlier”, “Don’t leave it too long to move and down size, put your name down to make the choice yourself, while you are still mobile and can enjoy the benefits, rather than have someone (like your family) make it for you,”