Making the move into a retirement village is a significant lifestyle choice, and you need to carefully consider your future wants and needs.
If you’re starting to think about your retirement and looking at downsizing your family home to something that requires less maintenance, a retirement village could be a suitable option for you. An independent living community can offer security and a sense of safety, while providing a social, active and vibrant community around you. A great way to approach this exciting milestone in your life is research all available options available, keeping in mind what you really want out of your retirement.
What is the perfect age to move into a retirement village?
The simple answer is that there is no perfect age; it’s a very personal decision that suits different people at different stages of their life. You are eligible to move into a retirement community from 55 years of age, even while you are in full-time or part-time employment. An increasing number of younger senior Australians are moving into purpose-built retirement communities, however there is a misconception that retirement villages are only a last-resort for those who don’t feel confident living in their own home any more. Retirement villages are a great option for retirees who want to live independent, maintenance free, active lifestyles.
A retirement community isn’t a nursing home
Making the choice to live among a community of like-minded people at an earlier stage of your retirement often makes a huge difference to your retirement experience. There is no perfect age to move into a retirement village; it’s a very personal decision made at the time that suits you. However, planning your retirement as early as possible means you will be completely informed on your available options and ultimately make the right decision for your unique circumstances.
Move in early, enjoy your retirement for longer
Moving into a retirement village at an earlier time in your retirement means you’ll be able to enjoy your retirement for longer, without the added stress of mortgages, home maintenance, garden care or security if you go away on extended holidays. Retirement villages are designed to give you the ideal lifestyle and offer a range of customisable services designed to support your health and happiness.
More time to live an active, healthy life
Retirement villages extend your ability to live independently by providing safe, secure community environments with an active and social atmosphere. Take away the stress of home and garden maintenance – retirement village residents have more time to enjoy their retirement with family and friends, take up new hobbies and make new and form lasting friendships.
Participating in social activities or learning something new helps to keep your mind and body active and healthy, helping you to feel younger for longer. Retirement villages often maintain your home and garden for you, so you have more time to spend doing the things you love but never used to have enough time for, like playing sports, caring for your grandchildren or even travelling the world!
Live independently within a safe, supportive community
Independent living communities, like those provided by Greenfields Living, are communities full of like-minded retirees who live active, independent lives, without the hassle and financial responsibility of home ownership. A retirement village can offer security and safety as you live an active, independent lifestyle.
The tight-knit, community feel of a retirement village offers countless opportunities to join social groups and activities, with the freedom and independence of your own personal space. Without the ongoing hassle of home maintenance, you’re able to head off on those long-awaited holidays without worrying about who’s going to look after your home while you’re gone. Enjoy your retirement, the way you want!
When the time comes, help is on hand
Joining a vibrant retirement community can be an exciting step towards living your best retirement life, but you might also be thinking ahead about your future care needs. In many retirement villages, you are able to access in-home care services if and when the need arises. If you need assistance with grocery shopping, cleaning those hard-to-reach places in your home or in-home nursing, there are countless home care providers available around Australia that can help. By seeking some help with minor tasks when you need it, you’ll be able to stay active and remain living independently for as long as possible.
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