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30 days ago

Armchair travel to many countries

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Virtual reality technology has allowed residents to see the world from their armchairs.

A group of residents in Bupa Hugh Green Care Home were amazed by an immersive experience recently, donning headsets for a virtual reality tour of Egypt, India, Italy and Croatia.

The virtual travel tour is in … View more
Virtual reality technology has allowed residents to see the world from their armchairs.

A group of residents in Bupa Hugh Green Care Home were amazed by an immersive experience recently, donning headsets for a virtual reality tour of Egypt, India, Italy and Croatia.

The virtual travel tour is in HD, 4K and is part of a technology trial for the care home. The care home activity team talking the residents through the accompanying narrative.

The technology is from SilVR, specialising in education using virtual reality through 360º photos, sound and videos. The headset can provide a vast library selection of locations and interests to choose from.

Residents were guided through Cairo’s Great Sphinx of Giza, the Hawa Mahal Jaiur in India, and the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

General Manager , Ian Dunthorne says the technology initiative has become popular worldwide with care homes due to lockdowns restricting travel.

“Our residents, with and without cognitive impairment, have found this to be an amazing journey. Reminiscing of their own past travel trips can trigger conversation during and after the VR as a shared experience or on their own.”

After the session, specialty cups of tea were shared from countries the residents had visited. This capped off their virtual reality travel trip from the comfort of their care home lounge.

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50 days ago

A supportive and social village life for Alan

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Alan sadly lost his wife Phyllis just before the first lockdown in 2020, after the couple moved into the village five years ago.

“They have all been so supportive when I really needed it most. I wrote them all a personal letter to thank them.”

The 90 year old, who has spent his entire life in… View more
Alan sadly lost his wife Phyllis just before the first lockdown in 2020, after the couple moved into the village five years ago.

“They have all been so supportive when I really needed it most. I wrote them all a personal letter to thank them.”

The 90 year old, who has spent his entire life in Christchurch, says his regular expenses are down due to village living and was immediately taken with the apartment opportunity after a tour.

“The security of this place appealed to me, and it was very warm. I also liked that there’s nothing to worry about, you don’t have to think about getting a plumber in for example.”

The couple’s two daughters and son helped them both move into the village, a downsizing that was far easier than Alan thought it would be. Now with a two bedroom apartment, Alan says he really enjoys having a dwelling more compact than his original family home.

“You’ve got to adapt haven’t you, and an apartment is just so easy to keep clean and tidy. I still have a small garden and I like to grow runner beans.”

With a wool buying background and a stint as a golf professional too, Alan has had a busy career but says he prefers the quieter life these days with enough social activities, like bowls and mahjong, to keep him entertained.

Alan helped to start a village choir that now has 24 members and regular practice sessions to prepare for upcoming recitals. The grandfather of five grandchildren and six great grandchildren (pictured with artwork from one of his great grandchildren Tabitha) says he’s always open to welcoming new residents as neighbours.

“To be free of all that worry of maintenance at my time of life is a relief. Plus we could do with a few more in the choir too.”

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85 days ago

Caregiver by day and stock car racer on weekends

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

The 18 year old became a caregiver at Bupa Gladys Mary Care Home in Napier just five months ago, after completing the Health and Wellbeing course at Eastern Institute of Technology.

“I just enjoy looking after and talking to older people. It’s a wonderful feeling to give back to those who have… View more
The 18 year old became a caregiver at Bupa Gladys Mary Care Home in Napier just five months ago, after completing the Health and Wellbeing course at Eastern Institute of Technology.

“I just enjoy looking after and talking to older people. It’s a wonderful feeling to give back to those who have led amazing lives.”

The Hawke’s Bay born Swift began racing just two years ago after becoming interested in the sport when her older brother purchased a stock car himself.

“It’s a real thrill going super fast and I also like the track atmosphere on race night, nothing beats it. You also make a lot of awesome friends in the sport too.”

With the support of her family, Lauren has chalked up two wins in a stock car and five wins in the mini stock category. She’s also only ever had one major crash in a stock car back when she was starting out. Now with her own pink stock car, Lauren’s racing most weekends and says the sport and caregiving demand different skills from her.

“With caregiving I need to be really caring, understanding and patient. When I’m racing I’m aiming for consistency, fearlessness and to be my absolute best at all times.”

With her future career plans of nursing on the horizon and the determination to keep racing as her fast paced hobby, Lauren has a busy few years ahead of her in caring and racing.

Learn more about Bupa's continuum of care: www.bupa.co.nz...

101 days ago

Village safety and security a top priority for Judy

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

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The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

Judy’s health took a serious turn a year ago, prompting her to move into the village and into a one bedroom apartment overlooking the street.

“I lived alone and my sons were worried about me because I began falling and I couldn’t get out. Then I thought I need to be sensible here and do something about it. For me it was important I stayed in the area and I guess it was important that I knew somebody here.”

After selling her house and the village team holding the apartment she’d chosen, Judy followed Harvey, her next-door neighbour of many years, into Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village. The village team had kept in contact with her for a number of months before she’d decided to move in, inviting her to regular village functions during that time.

“There’s everything going on here for you, you couldn’t ask for more. There’s a superb manager who not only manages but she’s also a social worker and everything else with it.”

Judy says the move from a house on a back section meant safety and security was a top priority when deciding on a village.

“There’s always someone here at the front desk and they have security regularly checking too. It’s so important to me.”

Coming from a big house into an apartment hasn’t bothered Judy, and now with her health regularly monitored she is really embracing retirement village life. There’s the weekly grocery shopping at the local supermarket next door and the regular Tai Chi sessions that relax her by slowing her breathing.

“I very much want to be independent for as long as I can and I get to do that here. I also get to continue with lots of reading in lovely surroundings too.”
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153 days ago

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village Open Day this Sunday!

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Come along to our Open Day on Saturday from 11 AM - 1 PM and see what life is like at a Bupa Retirement Village. Ask about our $15k Harvey Norman spending spree promotion for your new home!

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174 days ago

$15k Harvey Norman Shopping Spree For Your New Home!

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Move into the Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village and get some flash new furniture, completely on us. Choose a new bed, lounge suite and TV to perfectly fit your new home. It’s totally up to you how you spend your $15,000! Click the link for more info.

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190 days ago

Bupa NZ supports their team with Kiwi made personal masks

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Bupa NZ has backed a local business by buying more than 4,000 fabric masks for all their staff across the country for their personal use outside of work time.

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206 days ago

Celebrating 40 years of caring for caregiver

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Congratulations to Caregiver Moeapulu Mapusua on celebrating 40 years with Bupa! She was one of the first employees at the Bupa Parkhaven Care Home.

“It’s about my relationship with my residents and co-workers. I know them all really well and it’s like a family,” she says.

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Congratulations to Caregiver Moeapulu Mapusua on celebrating 40 years with Bupa! She was one of the first employees at the Bupa Parkhaven Care Home.

“It’s about my relationship with my residents and co-workers. I know them all really well and it’s like a family,” she says.

Click the "Read More" to see the whole story on Bupa Newsroom.

Did you know that Bupa NZ offers a continuum of care? Hugh Green Retirement Village has a Care Home on site should your needs change. Please visit bupa.co.nz/hugh-green for more information.

210 days ago

Winter exercise classes help Bupa Retirement Village residents stay active

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Exercise through the colder months at Bupa Ballarat Retirement Village has meant a routine of nine classes each week for residents to keep active.

Resident Marj Kennedy (pictured) has been attending the SAYGo (steady as you go) classes for four years now and says she’s seen her balance improve … View more
Exercise through the colder months at Bupa Ballarat Retirement Village has meant a routine of nine classes each week for residents to keep active.

Resident Marj Kennedy (pictured) has been attending the SAYGo (steady as you go) classes for four years now and says she’s seen her balance improve overtime thanks to the sessions.

“Exercise is good for our bodies and it keeps me young in spirit too. I like that it’s a class we do altogether,” Marj says

The low-impact session SAYGo, created by Age Concern, aims to improve balance, flexibility and strength in older people through arm and leg exercises, while seated or standing.

Village Manager Andrea Allott says she encourages her residents to keep active.

“Once they get into the routine our residents look forward to exercise and it keeps their minds active and the laughter coming too,” Andrea says.

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230 days ago

Colourful beanies connect residents with students

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Residents from Bupa The Gardens Retirement Village welcomed children from Aorangi Primary School this week.

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253 days ago

Retirement Village excitement as facilities open once again

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village

Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village residents celebrated level one with a game of bingo. All facilities in our villages across the country are back open and accessible.

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