What is a Retirement Village?

Senior couple at retirement village

What is a Retirement Village?

What is a Retirement Village?

A retirement village is generally defined as a residential, multi-dwelling complex specifically designed for seniors aged 55 years and over. Although at Anglican Care, we find the average age of our new occupants is mid to late 70’s.

In addition to having more time to spend with loved ones, another benefit of living in a retirement village is the community environment. There is opportunity to be part of a community of like-minded people; enjoying the social interaction, companionship, physical and emotional security that it may provide can be priceless. Further advantages include no more tending to the lawn and garden, being able to ‘lock and leave’ for holidays and 24 hour emergency call systems – giving you a real sense of security.

People generally move into a retirement village when they start to feel the family home is too large and the upkeep is too much. Other reasons include wanting to be more social, or to be in a supportive community of like-minded people.

With the number of Australians aged over 75 years projected to increase by about 4 million between 2012 and 2060, it’s no wonder there is a dramatic increase to the number of options available to seniors as they look to enjoy their retirement years.

The older Baby Boomers will be reaching 71 years this year and the impact of this generation and their heightened expectations is having a vast impact on aged care providers. As a well-informed and educated generation, the Baby Boomers are helping to shape our future aged care services, with many dreaming of having the freedom to pursue their own interests without the hassle of maintaining the family home. That’s where living in a retirement village becomes a great option for people to consider, imagine having fewer responsibilities and more time to spend with friends and family.

“Research your next lifestyle choice”, is the advice Denise Rickman, Retirement Living Co-ordinator at Anglican Care gives seniors considering their next steps. “This will allow you to best enjoy the many benefits on offer, and investigate the different models and financial arrangements available to find what’s right for you”.

Contact us to discuss the retirement living options that would best suit you or your loved ones.