The doors have opened on HammondCare's newest over-55's accommodation and the residents are ready to move in. Here we meet a couple of its newest inhabitants to find out what drew them to HammondGrove Miranda.
Shirley and Robyn Baigent, new residents of HammondGrove Miranda
Sydney resident Robyn Baigent had been a successful assistant principal for a number of years when she decided to retire early to care for her elderly Mum Shirley.
The pair lived together in the family’s five-bedroom family home in the St George area, but as time went on it was becoming more of a burden to maintain. Then in a huge blow, Robyn lost her leg in a tragic turn of events late last year, becoming an amputee overnight.
It was while she was in hospital and contemplating returning to the family home with limited mobility and a frail mother that Robyn’s sister-in-law told her about HammondGrove Miranda.
HammondCare, she learned, was building a new multi-storey retirement village, with a community hub at the heart featuring a café, gym, pool, bowling green community centre, hair salon, chapel, library and gardens.
Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for herself and mum Shirley, Robyn enquired straight away.
Fast forward to October 2015 and Shirley and Robyn are about to move into their new “independent living unit” (ILU) in Miranda.
“It’s beautiful,” says Robyn. “Every time we’ve come we’ve seen something more happening and the beautiful grounds developing. We’ve been really happy with it, and we’re very happy with our apartment and its outlook onto the gardens.”
Robyn says HammondGrove Miranda appealed to them because it gives them both the independence and community they yearn for.
“I’ve got my independence back again now with driving and everything again so I’ll be able to come in and out and it’ll be good for to be able to mix with other people in the units around us.”
Robyn’s mum Shirley says she’s looking forward to “not doing too much, not having to clean the pool, or climb steps.”
“I can do quite a lot and I like to do things but I like a bit of help too,” she says, saying the village atmosphere at HammondGrove is the perfect solution for them both.
The idea of HammondCare’s Independent Living Units is that as people get older they are relieved of some of the burden of maintaining their own home, and can easily access HammondCare’s other services including HammondAtHome, the social club and when needed, residential or respite care.
Also moving into HammondGrove is Marjorie Ridges, who was previously living in Como in a two-storey five-bedroom house.
Climbing up the stairs and maintaining the property was getting too much for me,” says Marjorie. “So about 18 months ago I put my offer down on a unit at HammondGrove Miranda.”
The new HammondGrove Miranda
Marjorie says she’s most looking forward to a low-maintenance lifestyle and being part of a community.
“I don’t have to water the garden! And the rooms are very spacious and the outlook is lovely. They’ve done a wonderful job with the amenities within the complex and the unit itself.”
“I’m also excited to use the pool. I don’t have to get dressed and drive to the pool, I can just pop down in the lift!”
HammondGrove Miranda is meeting a real need in the area. The Sutherland Shire where Miranda is located has been identified in Government data as having a high concentration of older residents but being under-served by retirement living options.
HammondGrove Miranda was officially opened last week with stage one featuring 38 apartments over four stories with a Village Centre, Rooftop Terrace and Village Green.
Construction on a second stage has also begun and will add a further 38 apartments, four penthouses and 10 villas.
Pre-sales on the second stage are expected to begin before Christmas. For more information, visit the HammondGrove Miranda website.