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Highton village perfect for mum

Written by Margot Taylor
on September 22, 2020

Supporting a parent to move into a retirement village is an important and sometimes overwhelming process.

And when the move goes wrong it can shake a family’s faith in the aged care sector.

Highton resident Zann Fist knows this first-hand.


Zann’s mother Beverley Archer recently relocated to Highton from Hobart, leaving behind a retirement unit that was no longer the right fit.

Zann says Bev’s two-bedroom villa at Ryman Healthcare’s Charles Brownlow Retirement Village is “absolutely beautiful”.

“I’d been looking for a few years in Geelong without finding somewhere suitable - then Ryman came along."

Zann says she and her family knew the Highton village would be the perfect fit for Bev after attending a public meeting at the Highton Bowls Club earlier this year.

“I said to my husband ‘if they are half as good as they sound, they will be amazing’, and you are!” Zann says.

Bev is now just a five-minute drive away from Zann and her granddaughter, and the continuum of care offered at the village has brought the family peace of mind.

“Knowing that mum won’t have to move again, and she can go all the way through to high care is just amazing.

“I really can’t speak highly enough of the place or the people.

“For people considering moving to the village I would say, it’s exactly what we had hoped for for mum, actually I could move in myself!”

Upon completion the village will include 57 villas, 23 apartments, 60 serviced apartments, and 100 care beds across low care, high care and specialist dementia care.

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