Our residents come from a diverse range of backgrounds, professions and experiences and lead rich, fulfilling lives here at Riverina Gums. Get to know some of our residents’ stories and find out why our village appealed to them and how living here has changed their lives.
Marianne & daughter Vivian , serviced apartment resident since 2015
“It’s just been wonderful since Mum and Dad moved here. It’s made their lives so much easier and it’s taken a lot of weight off my shoulders. The staff are absolutely wonderful and the fact that Mum and Dad were able to stay together has meant so much to them. We also spend much more time together as a family because now we’re just five minutes down the road! We’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone.”
Bill & Dorothy, independent living unit residents since 2012
“We were living in a nice home in the CBD but we decided that we wanted an easier lifestyle. From the beginning, Riverina Gums ticked all the boxes. We have public transport at the village entrance and there was room for me to have my vegetable garden. We like to share the extra produce with the other residents! The neighbours are all lovely - it’s like one big family. We respect each other’s privacy but we all look out for each other and if someone falls ill, everyone joins in and helps them out.”
Mildred, independent living unit resident since 1992
“I’ve been living at Riverina Gums for 24 years. When my husband died, I had a very big house and I couldn’t maintain it on my own, so I came to Riverina Gums and made a very quick decision to move in. I haven’t regretted it for a second! The location of the village is just perfect. We have a wonderful shopping centre across the road and a bus stops out the front every hour. I go out regularly and I’m still very involved in the community: I’m a member of Probus and I love going to the local theatre. My daughters visit frequently and they are very supportive and happy that I’m here. The emergency call system, especially, gives them great peace of mind. If I press the buzzer, I have someone at my door in minutes!”
Residents in the news
From charity fundraisers and village events to milestone birthdays and wedding anniversaries, there’s always something interesting happening at Riverina Gums.
Wednesday 17th May 2017 A recently-formed men’s group is providing new opportunities for friendship, humour and support at Riverina Gums Retirement Village.
Friday 12th May 2017 For resident Margaret Post, following a family member to live at Riverina Gums Retirement Village led to many new and unexpected friendships.
Thursday 19th January 2017 The exercise classes at Riverina Gums Retirement Village are structured so that residents build up their strength gradually to decrease their risk of falls, having a positive impact on overall health and wellbeing.
Friday 4th November 2016 Riverina Gums residents Dorothy and Bill often met at social events and it wasn’t long before they both noticed a spark of romance and started dating.
Monday 25th July 2016 Published in The Daily Advertiser, 14 July 2016. It's amazing to think how much good can come from sharing a cuppa and a plate of sweet treats with friends.
Friday 24th June 2016 After appearing on camera back in February, the residents at Wagga Wagga’s Riverina Gums Retirement Village were in the spotlight again at the much-anticipated premiere screening of their first promotional village video last week.
Monday 9th May 2016 At 88 years of age, Riverina Gums resident Shirley Ansell was the second oldest of 342 jazz musicians playing at the recent Australian Jazz Convention and she says that she won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Wednesday 30th September 2015 The International Day of Older Persons takes place on October 1st and the event is an important reminder to celebrate the rich contribution older people make to the fabric of our society.
Wednesday 16th April 2014 Ken Bedggood, a 94 year old resident at Riverina Gums Retirement Village, shares a special moment with his great-grandchildren Beau, Sophie and Isabel Edmunds in Lake Albert Public School's Anzac Cove. Ken spoke to the crowd about the importance of preserving the Anzac memory. The Riverina Leader, 16th April, 2014
Friday 7th March 2014 Cuddling up to their new four legged companions, an obvious transformation took place in the overjoyed residents of the Riverina Gums Retirement Village. Riverina Leader - March 2014