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Nellie Melba

Staying busy at Nellie Melba

Written by Margot Taylor
on May 03, 2021

When Nellie Melba Retirement Village resident Jenny Arnot left a life in Sorrento to move to the beautiful village, it was still in COVID-19 lockdown.

“I went into two weeks isolation, but everything was handled so well it was fine and I felt very well looked after,” she says.

Jenny’s sense of being “well looked after” was something she felt before even moving in.


“Two of my daughters and I came to have a look at the village, and we were very impressed from the moment we walked in,” Jenny says.

“As soon as you walked in the door it was a nice feeling and, once we were shown the apartments, we more or less decided straight away I would take one.”

Despite the village being in lockdown when she arrived, the moving process was equally easy.

“By the end of the day I moved in I was able to sit down and have dinner with my girls.

“The only thing I didn’t have set up were the paintings, but the staff came to put those up for me soon after.

“Literally everything else was in place, the tv was working, the beds were made, the kitchen was all set up.

“Ryman couldn’t have made it easier for me.”

Jenny wasted no time in making friends and enjoying the village’s amenities once lockdown was lifted.

Activities including exercise and art classes even have her doing things she hasn’t done since she was a teenager.

“I enjoy the community life here a lot,” she says.

“Of course, I can have my quiet times, but I’ve made some very nice friends here and I usually go over to the village café every morning and have a coffee and meet up with some of the girls.

“I play table tennis, which I haven’t done since I was a teenager, and I go to an art class on Fridays, using watercolours, which I’d never done before.

“I’ve got a very full life here.”

While Jenny does miss Sorrento, she says she hasn’t regrated the move for a second.

“I’m happy I’ve made the decision, and I know my family are relieved that I made the decision and they didn’t have to be put in the position of finding somewhere for me.”

She has one regret, and one piece of advice for others considering a move to the village.

“Do it earlier than I did,” Jenny says.

“That way you will get even more enjoyment out of it.”

Nellie Melba Retirement Village includes independent and serviced apartments, as well as low care, high care and specialist dementia care.

Village amenities include and indoor pool, gym, café, bar, bowling green beauty salon and library.

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