Residents could never have imagined just how valuable the Treeview Estates retirement village community would become this year. With the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been a concerning and often isolating time for many people.
However, it has been Treeview Estate's social solidarity and support systems, both formal and informal, that have been a huge help to residents.
Long-term resident and lead member of the Resident Support Group, Joe Davis said they were at Treeview to relax and enjoy their retirement.
"But we're also here to be a part of the community. That means looking out for one another, particularly when times are tough, and that can make all the difference, " Mr Davis said.
Treeview is conveniently located within walking distance to Lithgow Hospital and a short drive to the local retail centre. The village has implemented a comprehensive Covid-19 plan and taken an innovative approach to how everyone engages with each other.
The beauty of Treeview Estate is that it offers a village atmosphere nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountains. It's a perfect balance of location and convenience and sets a new standard of retirement village living.
Residents are surrounded by the natural splendour of the area along with nearby galleries, shops, restaurants and sports clubs. Within Treeview Estates there are landscaped gardens and open views of preserved wetlands and rolling hills.
It's been more about physical distancing than social distancing.Managing Director, Andrew Evetts
Residents recently organised a "Garden Ramble" encouraging small groups to visit private gardens around the village. Managing director Andrew Evetts and his team recently completed a series of small annual management meetings for residents to receive updates and share feedback.
"We felt it was important more than ever to have in-person contact. Covid-19 forced us to change our usual large scale meeting and take a more intimate and casual approach. As a result, I think we actually ended up having a more meaningful dialogue with our residents," Mr Evetts said.
With restrictions on numbers of individuals who can gather starting to relax, Treeview residents are hosting small group barbecues outside the village lifestyle centre. Residents are encouraged to plan for Christmas street parties as a way to celebrate the festive season.
With the eighth and final stage of construction underway shortly, an additional twelve villas will be available at Treeview in mid 2021 and Mr Evetts is eager to see the community grow and diversify further.
"While we've had to adjust how we do things of late, we still welcome visitors to come and take a look at Treeview and get a taste of what our community has to offer."