If you’re over 55, and have decided to move from your existing home to a retirement village or lifestyle park, there are lots of decisions to make.
Finding a home that’s in the ideal location, has the best facilities and comes with the right retirement living contract is important, and requires much thought and research. But another key question to answer is this: what type of retirement living accommodation do I need? There’s a few options – house, unit or apartment – so how do you decide which one to go for?
For many retirees, it’s a big adjustment moving from their own family home into community living. For some, it can feel like a loss of privacy or personal space – but when you choose a house in a village you get the best of both worlds.
Some village accommodation, including Village Lifestyle Park in Traralgon, consists of houses. They offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses, and you can buy an existing home, or build a brand new one. That means you can still enjoy some simple pleasure of home ownership like having a backyard with a garden and veggie patch, keeping a pet and inviting friends to stay.
Houses offer enhanced privacy, more space and are a great option for those who want to enjoy the benefits of community living, without giving up the perks of having your own house and yard.
Within many retirement villages, units are a popular type of accommodation. This is a good choice for people looking to downsize to a smaller home. Most units have little or no backyard, which means there is low to no maintenance required outside, plus, there’s also less chores to do inside due to the smaller space.
Keep in mind that with units, you’ll generally be close to your neighbours and it may not be possible to keep pets or have your own garden. Some villages have independent living units, which give you the option to pay for services such as cleaning and meals, making them a good choice for retirees who want to downsize their home to something that’s easy to look after.
Living in an apartment requires less maintenance than both houses and units, as they generally have a much smaller interior space to take care of. In addition, there is usually no outdoor area attached, and if there is, it’s very small and is often a balcony.
Living in an apartment can add a sense of security due to the fact that you’re sharing a building with others, but this can also be a downside, as there is less privacy. In some retirement communities, apartments also come with extra services that are available on request (for a fee) to help look after you and your home. This type of accommodation is ideal if you are looking for a small space with minimal upkeep.
Decide What’s Important to You
Whether you want less household chores and no lawn to mow – or if having a garden to tend and maintaining your level of privacy is what matters to you – choosing the right type of retirement living accommodation is an important decision. Make a list of the features you need, and those you would like, and start searching.
With so many retirement living choices, you’re bound to find the perfect match.