Moving to a retirement community offers a lifestyle perfectly suited to over 55s – but with so many options, how do you find the right fit for you?
A good place to start is to look at the facilities and services that each village and community offers, as these will have a direct impact on the quality of your day-to-day life.
Choose a village that provides facilities that are important to you and you’ll set yourself up for a relaxing, enjoyable and fulfilling over-55s lifestyle.
1) Somewhere to Mingle
One of the main reasons people move to lifestyle and retirement villages is to be a part of a small, like-minded community of over-55s – so it’s important that there are plenty of spaces within your chosen village to get together with your neighbours.
A spacious and inviting recreation room is a must, as it provides the perfect setting for a daily catch up. Communal dining areas – both indoor dining halls and outdoor alfresco or BBQ areas – are also great places to meet for a chat.
2) Space to Relax Outdoors
When you retire you’ll have more time to appreciate and relax in the great outdoors, so your chosen community should offer the opportunity to enjoy nature. When you take a tour of potential communities or villages be sure inspect both the indoor and outdoor spaces. There should be plenty of parklands and gardens on site that provide you with somewhere to sit or take a walk. Plus, some communities include a communal vegie patch or even your own garden.
Also consider the location, as many regional villages are situated in areas of great natural beauty. When you choose a community that’s close to National Parks, beaches and mountains, you’ll have plenty of places to explore.
3) A Place to Be Active
We all know that being active is great for our body, mind and soul – and you’re more likely to exercise if there are quality facilities on-site. A gym will allow you to keep moving throughout all seasons and weather conditions, plus it gives you a range of exercise options.
Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy. Some communities include a pool – for example here at Village Lifestyle Park has both an indoor and outdoor pool, which means that you can enjoy a dip in every season.
4) On-site Caravan Storage
If you’re like most retirees, you’re probably planning to take advantage of your new found freedom and do some travelling. And if you plan to do this by caravan, you’ll need a place to store it when it’s not in use. Some communities offer on-site caravan storage, which means you’ll have access to your van at any time.
Plus, an added bonus of community living is the extra security it brings – you can lock and leave and be confident that your home is in good hands, safe when you get back in a few days or a few months.
5) Social Get-togethers
Living in an over-55s community means you’re surrounded by like-minded peers – and the best retirement communities and villages offer plenty of social activities to make the most of this. Whether it’s a Friday evening Happy Hour in the communal Recreation Centre, cards and games nights, or a “Knit and Natter”, make sure there’s some organised fun to get involved in.
6) Easy Access to Medical Facilities
As you get older, proximity to medical services is essential. Check that any potential villages or communities have easy access to the local hospital, doctor, and any other specialist medical services that you need.
7) Your Own Space
Moving to a retirement community doesn’t mean you have to give up on having your privacy and space. For example, here at Village Lifestyle Park offers we offer residents self-contained homes with fences, which means you have room to move and maintain a strong sense of independence. You can have family stay over, plus, you can even keep your own pet, and a garden if you choose.
When choosing a lifestyle or retirement community, think about what you value and how you like to spend your days. If the village or community provides you with the opportunity to do the things you love to do, you’re sure to be happy in your new home.