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"Our Mum has been so well looked after and it has been a huge weight off our shoulders knowing the care and companionship from you and your wonderful staff. Thank you again, keep up the good work, you have been marvellous!"
Edgewater Village- Resident's daughter
"What an awesome place for the retired. I have visited my aunt there and she loves it. Great community feel with a cafe.pool.gym and much more for them to do. Jigsaw puzzles are scattered around to do and all the folk seem to know each other."
Google Review for Waitakere Gardens
"Beautiful my mother lives in her great 2-bed apartment what a great restaurant excellent like a hotel Not a retirement village very clean. "
Google Review for Dannemora Gardens
"I've been coming and going for 10 years to visit my nana and the staff have always been so kind, the restaurant is always clean and has good food and overall a lovely environment."
Google Review for Waitakere Gardens
The Capital Sum is the price paid for the Occupation Right Agreement (ORA)* to secure your right to occupy the unit of your choice within any Metlifecare village. The Capital Sum varies according to the size and location of the unit you choose. Once all the conditions have been met, the Capital Sum is required to be paid on settlement.
* An Occupation Right Agreement is a legal document that gives you the right to occupy that unit and sets out the terms of your occupation.
The Management Fee, also referred to as the Deferred Management Fee (DMF), provides you with a raft of essential village and dwelling services. These include:
- The refurbishment of your unit after you leave
- The re-licensing of your unit including all marketing activity
- Legal and settlement fees
- Long-term village maintenance
- Community facility chattels
For independent living units and serviced apartments, the Management Fee is capped at 30% of the original Capital Sum of your unit, with the 30% being accrued monthly at 10% per year for the first three years of occupancy. It is payable on the termination of your ORA, by way of deduction from the original price (i.e. the Capital Sum) of your unit.
Fixed Village Fee for life
When you live in a village you pay a Village Fee. This is a consolidated fee that captures costs such as council rates, water rates, building insurance, the upkeep of community facilities, gardening services, salaries and wages of the staff and village operations.
By paying a Village Fee, the hassle of paying existing multiple bills is eliminated – one fee takes care of it all. What’s more, Metlifecare assures this fee will not increase, thus it is fixed for life, irrespective of any increases in costs experienced by Metlifecare. This means you will always know what you are paying now and in the future, and no longer have to worry about unpredictable cost increases.
Your own costs
You are responsible for the cost of the internal maintenance of your unit, power, phone and contents insurance.
Choosing the right retirement living option for your loved one can be overwhelming, but it's important to consider factors such as their health, mobility, social needs, and budget. Researching different options and touring facilities can also help you make an informed decision.
Many retirement living communities offer amenities such as fitness centres, swimming pools, libraries, social activities, and dining options. It's important to ask about specific amenities when touring facilities to ensure they meet your loved one's preferences.
Transitioning a loved one into a retirement living community can be a big change for both them and their family members. It's important to involve your loved one in the decision-making process, communicate openly with them about the transition, and provide emotional support during the move. Additionally, working with the facility's staff to ensure a smooth transition can help ease the process.