There’s no way you could accuse Jim Dan and Sharron Murdock of leaving it too late to move into Ryman Healthcare’s new village in Lynfield. The couple have already signed up for their new apartment in Stage 3.
“I think sometimes people leave it too late to move into a retirement village,” says Sharron. “We’re still young and it’s probably the best time now in that we can hopefully sell our house and have a bit left over that we can play with and perhaps do a bit of travelling.”
Plus, not having to worry about the costs that continually arise with the house maintenance is rather appealing too. “There’s always something to fork out for, especially with a wooden house,” says Jim, a former prison officer at Mt Eden prison and cab driver. “I’m looking forward to being maintenance free!”
The Mt Roskill couple appreciated the no-pressure approach from sales team. “They let us just go away and think about it and didn’t pressure us at all,” says Sharron. “We also liked that it was just down the road so we’re not moving miles away from everything.”
Their family are right behind their decision and the couple say friends of theirs are moving in on the same floor which just adds to their feeling that this is the right move for them now.
The pair still do a bit of part-time work driving children with special needs to and from school and hope to continue that for a while longer. “We pick them up in the morning then have a few hours off in between and pick them up and deliver them home safely,” says Sharron, a former PA for St John who still volunteers for the organisation. “The work appealed to us as we thought it would be a nice way to put back into the community. And being semi-retired it suits our way of life.”
And Jim is happy to transfer his people skills to an older age group too. “I was thinking of applying for the job of van driver at the village – I’ve got the passenger licence already!” he grins. Sharron says given Jim’s young charges get quite attached to her charismatic husband she thinks he would make quite an impact at Ryman too.
“Once met never forgotten!” she laughs.