Great Benefits of Owning a Pet in Retirement

There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a pet. It’s no wonder that nearly 62 per cent of Australian households own pets. And while everyone enjoys pets regardless of age, our residents can benefit greatly from owning a pet. Numerous studies have shown that having a pet companion improves overall health and wellness, from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of depression.

Here are some other great benefits of having your own furry friend.

They provide unconditional love.
One of the best things about pets is that they provide unconditional love. For those living alone, owning a pet can help prevent feelings of social isolation or depression. Before choosing a pet, make sure to consider the pet’s age and demeanour. Generally, pets with relaxed temperaments align well with your lifestyle and energy levels.

They help keep you active.
Staying active in retirement can be challenging but having a pet keeps you on your toes. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with owning a pet, such as taking them for a walk or feeding them.

They provide emotional support.
Our everyday lives are full of stressors but research shows that people with pets are less stressed than people without pets. In fact, just touching a pet can calm you down, which makes them an instant source of emotional support when you need it.

They can help you socialise.
Having a pet allows you to interact with other people, especially fellow pet owners. There are also numerous pet clubs and meet-ups you can join to find people with similar interests.

They help you gain purpose.
Some seniors may struggle to find a sense of fulfilment that their careers once gave them. Taking care of a pet provides a new sense of responsibility and usefulness, which can improve self-confidence.

Getting a pet: what to consider
Before you adopt your new four-legged friend, make sure you can commit to the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Carefully consider your energy level, experience with owning pets, health issues and your residence’s pet policy. lmportantly, if you already Iive in a retirement village, you will need to check the pet policy to see what you can and cannot do.

You should also look for a pet that fits your lifestyle. For instance, younger pets may be irresistibly cute but they are also very active and require lots of attention and exercise. In addition, cats are more self-sufficient than dogs who might require walks every day.

Living with your pet at Village Glen
Village Glen is of the premier retirement villages in Mornington Peninsula, offering pet-friendly living options for residents. If you would like to know more about our retirement homes, please contact us today.

The Benefits of Visiting Grandparents in Aged Care

Visiting grandparents often in an aged care home offers a lot of benefits not only to their physical and emotional health, but also to yours. Regular visits make your loved one’s happy as well as keeping them mentally sharp and improves the quality of their life. Grandparents are often your pillars of stability, fun and wisdom.

Keep in mind these benefits of visiting grandparents.

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Simple Ways To Have Fun Outdoors

‌It’s that time of the year again when the outdoors beckon. Spending time outdoors is beneficial for all ages. It gives us that much-needed vitamin D, helps us stay active and lessens the risk of depression. Just making the trip to go for a regular walk can do wonders for your health. And if you live in one of the retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula, the opportunities for some outdoor fun are practically endless.

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10 Reasons To Love Retirement

We’re sure you’re probably looking forward to a happy retirement. It marks the end of a long, fulfilling career and is rewarding for all your hard work over the years. For many, retirement is a time to enjoy life and relax, but some view retirement as a monotonous lifestyle. It’s perfectly normal to have apprehensions, but it can be very exciting. Planning for your retirement is as exciting as moving to a new home! Here are ten reasons you will love about retirement.

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How Home Care Can Give Elderly People Companionship

Isolation and loneliness are often very real issues faced by our elderly. This is quite common and can be due to a number of different reasons. It may be they are living alone, or family aren’t living nearby or friends have downsized and relocated closer to their grandchildren. It may also be because a person is no longer driving and public transport isn’t a great option. Fortunately, there are some great solutions to help our elderly socialise and reduce feelings of loneliness.

A great option is a home care package (HCP). A home care package is a government-subsidised program that provides long-term support for older people living at home and this support can come in many different forms. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support is a provider of home care and to talk to you about how to obtain an HCP and assist you in the process.

Providers of home care can help maintain people’s health and wellness as well as uplift their spirits. The companionship carers provide can alleviate the loneliness that living alone brings. Aside from providing medical assistance and helping in the implementation of specialised care plans, home care providers can also assist your loved ones to get involved in activities they enjoy. Such as accompanying clients on their outdoor exercises like walking the dog around the neighbourhood or helping them with their weekly grocery shop. Home care providers can also transport clients when visiting friends and attending appointments.

Visits from home care providers can be arranged for and adapted to suit each individual client’s needs. Flexible home care makes all the difference in keeping our seniors happy and well looked after.

Even weekly visits from carers can make such a huge difference. Often, even just conversations while the carer completes their work can boost spirits and make their day so much better. Accompanying clients on errands not only brightens their day but also provides the comfort and joy they crave. These simple activities and hobbies that have been taken up with a trusted caregiver help our seniors feel cared for and less lonely.

Are you looking for flexible and highly competent home care services on the Mornington Peninsula for your loved ones? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer retirement living and aged care services on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

The Importance of Social Activities In Aged Care

Entering an aged care facility might mean that a person requires medical care but, setting that aside, they’re always the same person they have always been. It is then important that aged care residents continue to maintain and enjoy more or less the same lifestyle despite being in a new community with new people. Actively participating in meaningful social activities is essential for both their emotional and physical well-being.

In fact, research shows that loneliness and social isolation are health risks to the elderly. It can decrease lifespan and cause depression. If you or a loved one is living or planning on living in aged care home, meaningful activities can be very beneficial. No matter how small, these activities can give you a sense of purpose, give you the opportunity to connect with other residents, and improve physical well-being.

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What To Expect When You Move Into A Retirement Village

Moving to a retirement village can provide convenience as well as a tight-knit community that offers opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle and improve social ties. If you or your loved one is considering making the transition, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect before making your move into a retirement village.

1. Be prepared to downsize

If you are transitioning from a larger home to a smaller villa or apartment in a retirement village, you may need to let go of a few belongings. Make sure to become familiar with your new home so you can plan in advance what you need to take with you and what you can give away or get rid of. Living in smaller quarters may take some time getting used to but with proper planning, it will be a whole lot easier.

2. Participate in activities and programs

Retirement villages enhance your health, well-being, and social life. For instance, at Village Glen, we offer a variety of facilities and programs for our residents to enjoy. From art classes to sports to technology classes, there are plenty of opportunities to ensure you have a vibrant and active lifestyle!

3. Feel a sense of belonging

One of the best things about retirement villages is that they provide a sense of belonging. Living among like-minded people not only reduces feelings of isolation but is also very fulfilling. After all, it’s nice to know that you can always have a friend to catch up with over lunch at The Clubhouse Café or enjoy a nice dinner with at The Terrace Court Dining Room.

4. Have peace of mind

There’s incredible peace of mind in knowing that your home is safe and secure, and will be looked after, even if you go for a vacation or visit family outside the village. When you return, your home is secure, the lawn is mowed and everything is taken care of. At Village Glen you can even ask us to turn on the power and heating before you arrive home!

5. Look forward to a great retirement

Once you’ve settled into a retirement village, you can look forward to a great retirement lifestyle: fun, safety, independence, convenience, and support if you need it.

Retirement is the beginning of a new adventure that supports a great lifestyle which will make your retirement even better than you expected.

If you or your loved one is interested in retirement living, the team at Village Glen will be happy to assist you. As one of the premier retirement villages in the Mornington Peninsula, we offer a wide range of apartment and villa options especially designed to cater to the needs and comfort of residents who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining the family home but are looking for a first-class property and lifestyle within a vibrant community. We have 17 selected floor plans from our attractive villas containing 1 or 2 bedrooms, or 2 bedrooms plus a study. For enquiries, please feel free to call us at 1300 VILL GLEN (1300 8455 4536).

Village Glen Family Cares for Your Family

Operating on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 40 years, Village Glen offers all facets of aged care, with retirement living, aged care residences and home care services.

What makes Village Glen unique in the aged care industry is that it is a family business. It’s owned and operated by the Jacobsen family, with six family members over three generations currently working for the group. As a family that is born and bred on the Peninsula, this is where their passion lies.

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Allied Health Programs At Our Aged Care Residences

Village Glen is committed to providing your family with the peace of mind as you entrust your loved ones in our care. As such, we employ highly skilled and experienced professionals in our Allied Health team that devise health programs that play a major part of improving our residents’ quality of life. In line with this, Village Glen incorporates holistic allied health approach at our aged care homes on the Mornington Peninsula.

Maintaining the health and well-being of our clients is our top priority to ensure residents live their lives to the fullest. Our allied health team utilise their expertise to meet our clients’ needs ensuring best quality and reliable service. This may include interventions to reduce the effects of chronic conditions, rehabilitative care to recover from injury or illness and lifestyle strategies and socialisation.

Our allied health team provide a broad range of services dedicated to empowering our clients.

Physiotherapists

Village Glen physiotherapists diagnose and help manage musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiothoracic conditions. They are also able to give advice and information on suitable exercise programs and mobility aids to improve balance and stability. Our physiotherapy programs include pain management to treat chronic pain conditions, walking rehabilitation, balance and falls prevention training and age strong group exercise programs.

Occupational Therapists

Our occupational therapists help with the rehabilitation of skills and movements required to undertake daily activities. They help to ensure that the environment is safe for the elderly, thus minimising hazards and risks of falling or slipping.

Podiatrists: Balanced Care Podiatry

Podiatrists help treat and manage foot conditions which is essential for our elderly with mobility problems. They are essential in maintaining mobility as well as in managing other medical conditions like arthritis and diabetes. Here at Village Glen, podiatry services are provided regularly every 6 weeks, and further visits can be arranged as required.

Speech Pathologists: Peninsula Speech Therapy

If the patient requires assistance in speaking or swallowing, our speech pathologists are here to help. Speech pathology services are provided at Village Glen by appointment as required. Our speech pathologists are qualified to diagnose and manage communication disorders that may include difficulties in speaking and listening.

Dietitians: Eat Well Nutrition

The dietician team Village Glen works with help improve health and nutrition by devising nutritional strategies in order to treat or manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies and intolerances. Our dietitian services are provided by appointment as required.

Optometrists: Healthcare 2 You

When encountering sight and vision problems, our optometrists are here to provide assistance. They prescribe spectacles and lenses to manage and treat eye conditions such as dry eye. They are also trained to assist in screening for cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma amongst other eye diseases.

Hearing Australia: Rosebud

We become more prone to hearing problems as we age. Here at Village Glen, we address that through the Hearing Australia program. For eligible residents, government-funded services include hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings, home visit service for those unable to travel due to medical conditions, and repair and maintenance of hearing devices and supply of batteries, for a low annual fee. There is also follow-up for those requiring ongoing care and advice as well as rehabilitation programs to effectively manage hearing loss.

Dentists: Mobile Dental Clinics Australia

Here at Village Glen, we also protect our residents’ smiles, not only metaphorically by also literally. Our dentists provide a range of dental and oral health treatments to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Dentist services are provided regularly every 6 months on site, and further visits can be arranged as required.

Looking for a trusted aged care home?

Are you or a loved one considering aged care homes? Village Glen is happy to help you out. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities. We also offer options for retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please give us a ring at 03 5986 4422.