My mother has is 62years old and has had parkinsons for 6 years now. She is now at a point where she is going through a divorce with my step-dad and needing to downsize to a smaller house.
We are trying to figure out whether it would be a good idea to go into an "independent living" house in a retirement village in Wellington (eg. somewhere like Summerset in Aotea) so she does not need to worry about sorting out the gardens and general housekeeping etc.. OR whether she moves into a smaller house with maybe 2 bedrooms and i is within walking distance of shops etc. If she moves into the house, we would be getting help from outside sources with helping with cleaning, and maybe checking how she is (I will be moving in with her first for a few months, but i will not always be living with her so we need to figure out how she will live independently - myself and friends will still be helping her a lot though).
I guess i'm just writing on here to see if anyone else has gone through the same sort of situation and could offer some advice? Are you living in an independent unit in a retirement village? how do you find it? OR are you getting help whilst living on your own - what sort of help?
The independent living in summerset looks nice, but i guess i just worry that with Mum being 62, i would not want her to feel out of place.
Any comments and advice would be awesome - thanks guys