You’ve earned it. Enjoy safety and security in your retirement.
Take some time right now to indulge in a moment and imagine taking these six steps to create your ideal living retirement environment. Consider the street where you live right now, or have lived in the past:
- Barricade both ends of the street with sturdy, welcoming security gates.
- Negotiate with all the younger families in the street to sell their homes to your friends.
- Plan for many welcoming celebrations as your friends and peers progressively move into your new gated community.
- You all agree to build some shared facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool, library, gymnasium and a community centre.
- You then agree to hire some grounds people to take care of the ongoing maintenance of all the gardens, paths, roadways and shared facilities. Maintaining your property is no longer your concern.
- Choose an eager and energetic social coordinator to look after running regular activities that are of interest to you and your neighbours.
Sounds good? You’ve just created your own retirement village!
Live amongst a community where you feel well acquainted.
Feeling safe and secure where you live is fundamental to everyone’s wellbeing. A 2010 Productivity Commission Inquiry that included looking at accommodation needs of our older Australians reported that, “age-friendly housing and neighbourhoods can have a positive effect on the health and quality of life of older Australians.”
Living in a community where younger people are moving in and putting their generational stamp on the area, can create feelings of vulnerability and loneliness. It’s no longer the area you felt once belonged to you and your generation. It’s no longer an area you feel familiar with. You’re not sure that it even feels safe anymore.
On the other hand, living in a community with people your own age can feel empowering. You’re amongst people that have faced into a historical landscape that you’re well acquainted with. You’re at similar stages of your lives, can move forward and create a history together with old and new friends.
You may also be facing into the changes that moving into retirement can bring. You want to know that home is a solid, comfortable and safe place to retreat to as you take time to find your feet in your new way of life that is no longer defined by your employment.
Keeping up with the maintenance on your own property can start taking its toll over time. You may be eager to free up your time to do the things you really enjoy. Imagine not having to worry any more about the physical stress and time demands of looking after your house and property. Planning regular holidays away just became easier!
You’ve worked hard to reach your retirement. It’s time for you to put your needs first and establish yourself in a community that makes you feel at home.
Your peers are looking to feel safe and secure too.
Andrew Philip, Retirement Communities Australia (RCA) Managing Director and the RCA team share over 100 years of combined experience in building and managing retirement villages. Over that time, they’ve heard many personal stories about what has triggered the move to a retirement village.
“Making the decision to move to a retirement village is often a needs driven event. I’ve had many conversations with people living in, or considering living in, our retirement communities. Security is the key reason people move to a village,” observes Andrew. “The neighbourhood they have lived in for many years may have changed significantly, a spouse may be dealing with health issues, or is less physically able and maintaining a family home for years to come is no longer a sustainable option.”
Enjoy a retirement lifestyle that works for you.
A great bonus to buying into a retirement village is that you may benefit from enjoying the use of shared recreational facilities that you may not have been able to afford the luxury of, on your own. Retirement villages are often built around a community hub including facilities such as a community centre, swimming pool, library, community gardens, gymnasium and other sporting facilities.
Pat Hems, RCA’s Sales and Marketing Manager agrees that while people often make the decision to move into a retirement village to feel safe and secure, it is also an appealing lifestyle in its broad range of social offerings. “There are always social activities on the go to suit the broad range of interests of residents”, shares Pat. “We’ve seen a real shift in the social demographics of retirement villages. The average age of people moving into retirement communities has come down over the past couple of decades. A younger social set means we also have a more balanced mix of both men and women in retirement villages.”
The other change Pat has observed is how technically savvy a lot of the residents are. They want to be online and keep up to date with their children, grandchildren and other ‘tech savvy’ friends. Shared library facilities in a good retirement village will cater for this need by providing a number of computer terminals.
A younger community also means that travel is a priority for many residents. The great benefit of living in a retirement village is that you can pack your bags at any time, lock the front door and enjoy your holiday knowing that your property is secure, and that any maintenance while you’re away is all looked after for you.
It’s never too early to start exploring your options as you plan your retirement. The earlier you make the decision about where you want to live, the longer the history and memories you have to create with your new community.
Prioritise your wellbeing and plan for the future today.
There is truckloads of information available on retirement village living. We’ll be working to make it easier for you to find out all that you need to know on this site.
However there is no better way to find out about retirement village living than arranging a time to visit one. Many villages welcome visitors to experience their community and mingle with the residents and staff. Some hold regular catered events for residents, staff and people planning their next move.
There’s no need to go barricading off your street and replacing your younger neighbours with people like yourself. All the expense and hard work has been look after for you. All you need to do is to set aside some time to start planning what you want your retirement life to look and feel like.
Plan early, make informed decisions and look ahead to settling into a safe, enjoyable and secure future.