Orana Gardens Estate in Dubbo has tailored lifestyle solutions for older people

SPECIFIC LIFESTYLE: Orana Gardens offers a variety of aged care options, providing independent retirement living, and all levels of residential aged care.

SPECIFIC LIFESTYLE: Orana Gardens offers a variety of aged care options, providing independent retirement living, and all levels of residential aged care.

INVITING: A living room.

INVITING: A living room.

AN EXTENDED community is how many residents in Orana Gardens Estate think of their home.

The estate is a place where residents can enjoy some of the best years of their life.

"No longer will you need to worry about your home's security when you go away, be it for a weekend or around Australia," executive assistant to the chief executive, Jennifer Ferguson, said.

"Being able to lock up and leave your home, knowing that your friends, neighbours and the estate team are keeping an eye on things is just one advantage of estate living.

"In the Orana Gardens Estate community, your lifestyle can be tailored to your individual needs.

"You'll find the perfect blend of security and freedom that can be adjusted whenever required."

Orana Gardens offers a variety of aged care options, providing independent retirement living, and all levels of residential aged care.

The estate is close to the picturesque Japanese Gardens and Parklands and adjacent to Orana Mall.

"At Orana Gardens we encourage and facilitate an environment of respect and dignity for our residents, staff, volunteers and all those associated with the organisation," Ms Ferguson said

"We work towards providing 'seamless' transitions for our residents throughout each phase of their stay with us here at the estate.

Our goal is to provide services for each individual to promote optimum quality of life."

Plans to downsize

When it's time to move to a smaller home, these tips will help you save the memories while minimising clutter in your new place.

Take a trip to your new place and measure the size of your storage space. This will be your guide for how much you can take with you. It is better to underestimate than overestimate.

As you're deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, do one room at a time. Moving is a big job, and you don't need to tackle it all at once. Plan to do a little bit each day, and leave extra time so you aren't rushed.

Preserve memories. Digitise photos to save space. Photo albums take up a lot of room, and how often do you actually go through them? Digitizing your photos not only keeps them safe, but makes them easier to share with family. Pick up a digital frame and enjoy all of your photos in a rotating slideshow.

Take with you what is truly valuable; only you can decide what you can't do without.

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