Benefits of retirement village living for seniors – and their extended families
There are many benefits for seniors in living in a retirement village, including community support, security, and the ability to remain independent. The benefits are not only limited to retirement village residents though, their extended families can also enjoy the reassurance of knowing that their loved ones are in a safe and secure environment, with access to medical staff and support where necessary. Margaret MacDonald, resident of Beleura Village, Mornington, was persuaded to seriously consider moving into a retirement community by her two daughters. She was initially reluctant to consider retirement living as an option, but she heard about Beleura Village, and once she met with staff and found out what was on offer, she agreed. Since moving in, in July 2012, she hasn’t looked back.
Some of the advantages that Mrs MacDonald and her family enjoy most include stability, and the reassurance of having medical help and support close at hand. She believes that being part of a community has health benefits, as it encourages her to focus on things other than herself, and relieves stress. Her daughters are delighted that she is so happy, and even confess to being envious of her lifestyle and the positive community she has around her.
Moving from the family home was difficult, even with the help of her daughters and sons-in-law, and Mrs MacDonald admits to having second thoughts when faced with the seemingly overwhelming task of packing up her belongings.
“My daughter reminded me that it was short term pain for long term gain,” she says, “It was well worth the trouble, I haven’t stopped smiling since I got here.”
Her family are happy as well, knowing that she is living in a secure environment. With plenty of social activities to get involved in, and being surrounded by people of similar age and situation, Mrs Macdonald’s family also don’t have to worry about her feeling isolated or lonely. The easy access to amenities, and wide range of activities within the community mean that residents can choose to be as involved as they like - without any pressure if they prefer more solitary pursuits.
The benefits of retirement living can have a positive impact on extended families, as well as seniors. Many people who have retired parents worry about their safety and security, particularly if they are not living nearby to help out. Knowing their parent or other relative has the same freedom and flexibility they would have living anywhere else, while at the same time having access to support and help if and when they need it, means that residents and their families can enjoy the best of both worlds.