Geraldine is a small community with a big heart and plenty of services and resources for the more senior members of our community. The town is safe and comfortable with plenty of opportunities for friendship, outings and enjoyment. Click here for general information about retiring to Geraldine while below can be found information aimed at the older members of our community requiring a higher level of support.
The town has a flat compact centre which is great for walking to and from the shops and when driving is no longer an option the community bus service (including mobility access options) provides on-call transport services around town, the district and further afield to Timaru. Here4U is a local driving companion service which also assists people to get out and about and is particularly useful for attending appointments
For those who enjoy the thrill of wind in their hair the Cycling Without Age initiative is taking off in Geraldine with 2 specialist bikes in action on a regular basis. The cycles are often seen around the town with smiling passengers on board.
The well-stocked Geraldine Fresh Choice supermarket offers both telephone and online ordering with pick-up and delivery available to the local area.
Other services & resources available in the town include:
- Meals on wheels (Seniorcare Geraldine)
- Mobility scooter hire (Geraldine RSA)
- Library and Timaru District Council Service Centre
- Gentle exercise for seniors’ classes
- Seasonal outings (Seniorcare Geraldine)
- Life tubes (Seniorcare Geraldine)
- A range of publicly located defibrillators
- Good medical, pharmacy, dental and physiotherapy facilities
While many older people continue to reside in their own homes there are also a range of options for the various stages of retirement offering differing levels of care according to need:
McKenzie Lifestyle Village – offers a range of modern, high quality, architecturally designed villas under a licence to occupy. Resort style facilities for residents, including a clubhouse, indoor heated swimming pool and spa, library, gym, bowling, petanque and croquet greens, all make for a relaxed carefree lifestyle for those aged 55 and over.
McKenzie Healthcare – provides a range of long stay, short stay and day care services for those requiring medical and aged care services. Those seeking rest home residential care are assured continuity by being able to remain within the same facility should their needs progress to hospital level care. However, most people would prefer to remain in their own home and so the short stay, respite and day care services all actively support this aim. Special dementia care is also available.
Seniorcare Geraldine – A community owned, charitable organisation which provides a number of services for older people in Geraldine. It comprises of Waihi Lodge Care Centre, 3 Serviced apartments, 11 independent living cottages and community outreach.
Waihi Lodge Care Centre is an aged residential care facility providing personalized rest home level of care, private and carer support respite care & individual private day care, located in the heart of Geraldine. The facility is well known for its homely atmosphere and the excellent care provided by a team of caring and friendly staff.
Seniorcare cottages provide low cost rentals for independent living and the serviced apartments are rentals with hotel services including meals, cleaning and maintenance. The community outreach team organize meals on wheels and many social events for older people throughout the year.
Geraldine Retirement Village – Moving to the Geraldine Retirement Village is just like moving home. The village is a unique small facility which enables residents to enjoy one on one contact with all staff. The Geraldine Retirement Village is family orientated and the quality of care is reflected in the residents’ happiness.
Rest assured that Geraldine has all the services you could want or need for ensuring a safe, comfortable and long retirement. For more information please feel free to contact Go Geraldine at email@example.com or 027 555 6524.