Taking village apartment life one step at a time


Coming from a section on an angle, Dawn and Lloyd Bosson were determined to find a retirement village with a lift instead of stairs to get around.

The Taranaki born couple had lived in a four bedroom house in Silverstream for decades, having resided in the Hutt Valley since 1947. At 92, Lloyd says the family home had a number of stairs that were becoming tougher as time went on for him.

“My legs got the better of me and there was no way I could handle it anymore. We both thought that apartment living was the best option.”

The couple settled on a new two bedroom apartment at Bupa Fergusson Retirement Village in Upper Hutt located on one of the upper levels with a view of the town. The couple’s son then flew back from Singapore to help sort through their belongings, which made it easier and lighter work.

Dawn says the village feels so much like she’s on holiday that it took her several weeks to realise she was at the village permanently.

“Everything was so brand new, I kept thinking the day’s coming where I’ve got to pull out my suitcase to pack up and go home,” she says with a laugh.

With Lloyd’s career in the post office and Dawn’s nursing background, the couple say they’ve found lots to talk about with the other residents that have all been very pleasant.

Dawn, 84, has now even found herself on the social committee as the secretary and says there’s lots of social outings, functions and morning teas planned. For Lloyd.. he’s just happy he has a lift to travel to level three whenever he wants.