By Regents Garden on 12/12/2020 9:00:00 AM
No matter what your stage of life, making the decision to pack up and move is a major one. Whether you’re moving house or into an entirely new community, there are big decisions to make and changes to become accustomed to. As a senior, you have several options if you’re looking to move. In this post, we’re going to explore the benefits of moving into a retirement village.
What is a retirement village?
A retirement village is essentially a community within a community. It’s a village of homes (which could be houses, apartments, townhouses or a combination) supplemented with on-site facilities, spaces and support. Its purpose is to bring as much service to you as possible, while you still maintain your independence.
It creates a community of like minded people and provides support in different areas of your life. In many cases it allows you to downsize your living arrangements while maintaining (or even increasing) your access to the services you desire. It is managed by a third party.
What are retirement villages like?
Imagine a community where the streets are quiet, the shared gardens are maintained, and there are central facilities available to everyone. There may be optional organised activities, sports, and outings. You come and go as you please, and live as independently as you like. If you would like access to healthcare, this is available to you.
You have friends around the corner, and socialise as you please. This is retirement living as it should be. And it’s available in retirement villages.
What are the benefits of retirement homes for seniors?
There are many benefits to living in retirement villages. The first thing to keep in mind is that retirement villages are not aged care homes! These are different offerings for different needs.
When you move to a retirement village, one of the first things you will notice is the sense of community. Everyone is in the same - or similar - boat. Entering the later stages of life, facing similar challenges and having grown up around the same time. It’s refreshing and reassuring to live where you’re surrounded by friends. Even if you don’t know anyone when you first move in, you’ll soon find yourself with a whole community of new friends.
When you own your own home, there are endless lists of things that need to be done - cleaning, gardening, fixing things, replacing things, cooking… and the list goes on. When you live in a managed facility such as a retirement village, you can leave these chores up to the people responsible for them! And this isn’t you. Enjoy your life without the hassle of those day to day responsibilities.
Access to services
Retirement villages are designed with older people in mind. So while you have complete independence, if the time comes that you need extra services, these are available to you.
One of the primary reasons many people move into a retirement village is the sense of security and safety. There are always people around, and many times your village is secured by a gate and/or security. You will get to know your neighbours, and look out for each other.
Living in a retirement village encourages you to take advantage of the lifestyle services that surround you. Many retirement villages offer group activities, outings, sporting classes, craft activities and more. These are located conveniently to your home, and attended by your friends in your community.
Age with your surroundings
Many people choose to move into a retirement village for all of the above benefits, plus the option to ‘age in place’. For example you may move in while you’re living fully independently, only to one day find yourself needing a little more attentive care. This care is often available within the retirement village, meaning you won’t need to move again, just to access this care. It’s one of the great advantages to living in a retirement village and being able to get older, right where you are.
There are many benefits of living in a retirement village. We’d love to discuss how the Regents Garden facilities may be right for you. Please feel free to get in touch for more information and to discuss your dream lifestyle.