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Covid-19 Update for Residents

Happy Easter everyone!
As we lead into Easter the news from the Government is encouraging, the lockdown is working and most people are being sensible, mountain biking and beach walking Ministers of Health notwithstanding!

Our team is working through the weekend with The Village Manager on site Friday and Monday. Grocery deliveries will be made Sat, Sun and Mon. There will be a security guard on duty Sat and Sun. Our calls team is working right through Easter – Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon.

It’s hard staying isolated but we must stress the importance of it, and the importance of remaining in your bubble so…PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE SUPERMARKET. You can order your groceries online or we can do it for you, and then take care of pick up and deliveries to your door.

NB: Any visitors to the Village, i.e. delivery or authorised people, MUST sign in at the office. There should be no visitors direct to residents’ homes. This is for the safety of all.

Remember social distancing, wherever you are, that includes the vegetable gardens!

You don’t need to leave home for your meds. Our local Omokoroa Pharmacy will deliver scripts free of charge to anyone over 70 if you simply request it from them. This has been confirmed with the pharmacy and they look forward to helping you.

Every person who wants the flu vaccination on Monday 20th April must do two things:
1. Give your name to Kevin or one of the team by the end of this week. (This is important due to the limited supply of vaccinations).
2. Complete the consent form and bring it with you on the day. These forms can be collected from the mailroom or emailed to you. If you need help with this just give one of the team a call.

NOTE: If you already have your name down for the flu vaccination with your doctor but want it done in the Village, please remember to remove your name from their list.

Our new resident Hilary Carlile, at Home 202, is gifting bottles of Crisis Support to anyone feeling particularly stressed or down during this lockdown. First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Crisis Support© is an all-purpose emotional emergency flower essence blend to support emotional stability and inner balance during a crisis, sudden change, disaster or unexpected situation.

If you would like a bottle either email her hcarlile@hilary.co.nz or leave a note in her pigeon hole in the centre with your number. She will then leave the flower essences in your pigeon hole fully sanitised.
To learn more about it see www.firstlightfloweressences.co.nz

Entries close Sunday for the Retirement Village Association (RVA) short story competition. We know there are some great writers among our residents so get your entry in.
• Open to all residents in RVA member villages.
• 2,000 words (approximately four sides of A4) on any one of the following topics: “Trouble in the village”, “An unexpected turn” and “All’s well that ends well”
• Entries must be emailed to John at john@retirementvillages.org.nz no later than 5.00 pm Sunday 12 April 2020
• Judge Joan McKenzie will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd
• Winning entries will be published on both the RVA’s website and the Retirement Life website

Seems the serenading is popular and these are the lucky birthday few over Easter.
• Shirley Morton (Saturday), an amazing classical pianist so maybe she can accompany the singers!
• Patricia Price (Sunday) has been in the village 16 years; from Christchurch where she met her best friend and husband and was married 64 years until he passed last year. Patricia loves a hug so this time must be hard for her. Mime one if you are passing!
• Jean Dillon (Sunday), loves her golf so she must be hoping that greens can be maintained during lockdown. No doubt her clubs accompany her on her campervan trips.

Stay safe and well and remember the team are just a phone call away.

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