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Common Questions About Retirement Living Highgrove Team

Can I Bring my Cat and Other Common Questions about Retirement Village Living

There are currently about 40,000 New Zealanders living in retirement villages, but that doesn’t mean that the whole industry is shrouded in a little bit of mystery. A part of this comes from decades-old misconceptions on what a retirement village really is, and a part of it from how village rules, amenities and policies vary drastically from village to village. As an independent and family-owned village, Highgrove has the opportunity to offer our residents options that other, larger villages cannot. Today, we will answer some of the most common questions we get about life in a retirement village. If you have any questions not answered here, we are always happy to chat

Can I bring my cat?

We know how important our pets are! That’s why we allow pets at Highgrove, at the Village Managers discretion. We value our resident’s right to peace and the enjoyment of their home and village amenities, so loud and disruptive pets will, unfortunately, not be permitted. 

Can I have my friend or family member over to stay?

Yes, of course! We welcome any short term guests, so you can invite friends, family and loved ones to stay. Plus, with our two-bed apartment, there is always room for more. (Or as an emergency solace from a snoring husband!) Don’t forget, it is your home, and you can invite the people you love over. 

What age are your residents?

Our age ranges vary a lot – from those in their 60s still working, to those in their late 80s. Our age of entry is 65, and we accommodate and welcome all ages and health needs. With our onsite aged-care facility, Patrick Ferry House, we provide emergency and respite care so we can adapt with you as your needs change. 

Can I go on vacation?

Definitely! One of the biggest benefits of living in a retirement village is the flexibility to lock and forget. We take care of the exterior maintenance and day to day operations so you can travel easy knowing that your home is safe.

What kind of activities and clubs are there?

Our clubs and activities are always changing to reflect the interests of our residents. Some clubs at the moment include petanque, knitting, and more. Make sure to check the community board for the latest updates. If you are interested in establishing a club, we’d love to help you! Get in touch with our Village Manager to see how to get started. 

How much/how little help can I get?

One of the best parts of Highgrove Village is this is entirely up to you. If you are happy to cook and clean for yourself – perfect! You require no additional assistance, that’s great, we will be here if you ever do! If you do need a hand around the house or a little extra medical care, we have a great team to make sure you are always cared for. All of our residents get 10 days respite care in Patrick Ferry House for free. So if you ever do need us, we will be there. 

Do I need to be retired to live in a village?

Nope! However, you may find the allure of 3pm lawn bowls too strong to stay away. Highgrove is perfect for the retired, the part-time or those still wishing to work full time. 


We know choosing the right retirement village can be a challenge if you have any questions or enquiries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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