Caravanning - a great way to make connections
Being part of a community has many benefits, no matter a person’s age or situation in life, but community can be particularly important for those of retirement age. These days, more and more retirees are opting to live in retirement communities or villages. And, according to a recent article in The Retiree, they are leaving the family home behind earlier on in their retirement than ever before, as retirement communities offer more attractive incentives for residents. Being part of a retirement community these days bears no resemblance to the old-fashioned retirement homes of the past. In fact, many retirement communities encourage independence, and provide lots of different activities and groups for residents to get involved in. Two villages, Point Cook Village and Cardinia Waters Village in Melbourne, have gone so far as to set up a caravan and cabin clubs for intrepid retirees. The clubs are a way for fellow adventurers to meet up, and compare notes, and even take off on trips together. According to the Cardinia Waters Village manager Di McKellar, a big benefit of the caravanning club is that it helps residents to make and extend friendships within the village – and it’s a lot of fun. As well as providing parking space, which has been recently expanded to offer facilities for 30 caravans, the village supports residents while they are away on their caravanning adventure, by keeping their gardens maintained, forwarding their mail and keeping a general eye on their properties.
This is a hugely valuable service, as many residents can be away for months at a time, and would otherwise find it difficult to leave their homes unattended for so long. Being part of a retirement community gives them the peace of mind that their home will be in the same condition on their return, as when they left.
Although there are a number of organised trips and activities for residents, there is no pressure to join in. Plenty of residents head off on long trips by themselves, preferring to be independent, while taking advantage of the security that comes with knowing their homes are being taken care of while they are away.
The opportunity to travel is seen by many retirees as one of the big perks of retirement, and by supporting residents in this way, Point Cook Village and Cardinia Waters Village aim to help them make the most of the freedom.
Living in a retirement village, seniors can choose from a host of opportunities for friendship and travel, which might not otherwise be available. By expanding their travel horizons, residents can really make the most of their retirement, and enjoy the benefits of their independent lifestyle, along with the peace of mind of knowing their homes are safe and secure while they are gone.