Keith and Janet moved into their independent living unit a little over four months ago and are loving their Barossa vine change. The couple are now happily settled in and enjoying retirement in their newly refurbished unit. As the new kids on the block, Janet and Keith say their neighbors have been very friendly and helpful.
Previously from Port Hughes on the Yorke Peninsula, the Hoppos owned a five acre hobby farm, where they grew their own vegetables and raised orphaned lambs, becoming almost self-sustaining. Keith said he loved the lifestyle and Janet fondly remembers late night bottle feeding of newborn lambs.
During their working lives Janet was a hairdresser and loved chatting with her clients, and Keith worked for a brewing company in Adelaide. Janet loved hairdressing at one of the local aged care facilities in Port Hughes. She says that many of her clients enjoyed being pampered and sharing their stories with her, especially since it was a form of companionship and connection for some people.
Keith and Janet had been thinking about moving to the Barossa, when Keith happened to be listening to the footy on 5AA and heard a Barossa Village commercial. He quickly noted the phone number, spoke to Janet and the rest as they say, is history. They are amazed at how the stars aligned during this time; from the moment they made their first enquiry about independent living, to when they settled into their new home, the whole process was seamless.
Among the reasons the Hoppos chose the Barossa for their retirement, was to be closer to specialists in Adelaide, family living nearby, and to “right size” into a property that would allow them more flexibility. The couple also enjoy the convenience of their home, in walking distance to Tanunda’s main street where they are discovering the town’s cafe culture and shopping precinct. Janet is a regular walker who gets up each morning, regardless of the weather, to explore the picturesque streets and gardens of her new neighbourhood.
Their tasteful and meticulously decorated home has everything the couple needs, from a gourmet kitchen to outdoor living spaces, including a small garden that Keith is gradually transforming into a vegie garden, using his keen gardening skills and knowledge. A small greenhouse is home to seedlings that Keith is propagating for the raised garden beds he recently bought for his vegie garden.
Together Keith and Janet appreciate visiting new friends and spending time getting to know their neighbours. When they first moved in, they were delighted to be invited to “get to know you” welcome drinks with neighbours from the surrounding units in their cluster.
So far in their new home, the Hoppos have enjoyed experiencing Vinyl Record Club at the Joy Rice Centre and socialising with other couples in the Barossa Village ILU community.
Once a place they used to visit for a holiday, Keith and Janet can’t believe that the Barossa is now their permanent home and they couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Barossa Village is not for profit, community owned,
aged care provider, since 1964