Considering a move to a retirement lifestyle community? You’re not alone – these days many retirees are choosing to relocate. So what’s the attraction – and what are the benefits?
For many retirees their existing home is much bigger than they need. The family home may also be unsuitable in other ways, such as stairs or steep hills. A big drawcard to retirement villages and communities is that the houses, units and apartments are designed with seniors in mind. You’ll be able to choose accommodation that’s the right size and is a good fit for your current lifestyle.
2. Home Maintenance
The size of your existing home is not the only issue – often the maintenance of the house and gardens can be too much to cope with as you get older. Homes in retirement communities are low maintenance, and have gardens that are manageable, so you won’t need to devote much time to cleaning and upkeep. Plus, the community gardens and surrounding land is maintained by the operators. You can live in comfort, and in beautiful surrounds, with very little effort – which means you’ll have more time to do the things you enjoy.
Speaking of which, in a retirement community, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who have similar interests and hobbies as you, so there’s no shortage of things to do. You’ll have access to shared facilities and organised activities, which means that your social life can be as busy as you choose it to be. Things like communal dining and BBQ areas give you the chance to mingle with your neighbours, and pools and gyms on site provide you with the chance to stay active, in the relaxed atmosphere of your peers. Plus, you’ll also find that some communities have organised activities and social clubs, and you can get involved as much or as little as you like.
The worry of home invasion and theft can cause a great deal of stress to retirees. Living in a retirement village or community provides the peace of mind of additional security. The degree of security offered will vary, so keep that in mind when comparing your options. A gated community has the benefit of safety and security 24/7, while also giving you the freedom to come and go as you please.
Your existing home may not be in a location that gives you easy access to the services and activities that you now need – for example, hospitals, doctors, shopping centres, libraries or golf courses. When you move to a retirement community, many are in locations that have been carefully selected with the needs of retirees in mind – which means that you can choose one that’s in a place you love, and is close to everything you need.
Choosing The Right Retirement Lifestyle For You
At any stage of your life, moving is a big decision – and this is especially true for retirees. You should carefully consider your needs and discuss your options with family and friends. If you’re ready to consider a move, there are some questions you should ask before you choose a retirement village.
Be aware, there’s a great deal of difference between retirement villages and communities – legally, financially and in terms of lifestyle. When you understand your reasons for moving, you can identify what you are looking for in your new home – and this is a huge factor in finding the right option for you.