John Thompson – The Poynton Retirement Village
Living life to the full
It has been a busy and enjoyable eighteen months at Metlifecare’s The Poynton for resident John Thompson, who says the best things about life at the retirement village are the activities and the people.
A prime location
John, 83, lived on a lifestyle block in Coatesville for 15 years. In October 2017, he moved into his two-bedroom apartment at The Poynton, where he feels right at home.
“I was attracted by its location. It’s close to Milford Beach, Takapuna and all the attractions that are around this area. Plus, the beautiful big bus stop just alongside it is a real asset,” says John.
For John, The Poynton was an easy choice not just because of its prime spot in Takapuna but also for its warm, convivial and caring atmosphere.
Reassurance for family
John says his family is happy with his decision to make the move to the village. Having visited many times, they’re impressed with what The Poynton offers John, and that he is living life to the full.
“My family and friends are just thrilled that I am here. They’ve seen the happiness that has come about for me and they can obviously give credit to The Poynton. They’re happy because I’m happy,” John says.
First class activities
John keeps himself busy at The Poynton, engaging in a number of activities he describes as “first class”, and which give him the opportunity to spend time with his friends, old and new.
“The activities here are almost endless. Before I arrived, I was told by a friend who already lived here not to sign up to everything at the word go, or I’d be exhausted! So, I’ve chosen carefully and now I play bowls, I play croquet, a little table tennis and snooker – and there are lots of other things,” John says.
The activities are not the only thing John thinks are first class. He loves the social side of village life that introduces him to new people.
“The best experience is discovering such interesting and nice people, who are now my new neighbours. That’s the biggest surprise to me, I didn’t expect that,” says John.
“It’s a very sharing community but it isn’t invasive. You can choose what you want to do and how much you want to do,” he adds.
From his own experience, John recommends anyone considering moving into a retirement village should make the move while they’re active and able to take full advantage of the superb facilities, endless activities and the vibrant community life on offer.
“I’m not a long-time resident, but I’m a very happy resident in the eighteen months so far and look forward to many more years here,” John says.