Retirement village living revealed

04 January 2016 ( 18 April 2017 )

Discover what life can be like at one of the many custom-designed retirement villages popping up around the country.

Life at a retirement village is exactly what you want it to be.

A key way that it might differ from your life before is that there are significantly fewer things to worry about. 

A retirement village should relieve you of everyday chores such as gardening and home maintenance, leaving you to focus on doing the things you want to do with your free time.

Why choose a retirement village?

Holiday mode at home

Like a holiday resort, a good retirement village is likely to offer leisure amenities and essential facilities, all conveniently located for you. 

There could be places to socialise, such as bars, cafés, restaurants or larger venues for bigger gatherings. There may be places to relax, which can include gardens, swimming pools, spas or allotments. 

It could boast a village shop too, perhaps even a hair salon or gym - in fact everything you might expect to find in any small residential area.

Get out and about

Your retirement village is likely to have someone who coordinates and arranges events and activities. These can take place within the village or further afield and can be part of a larger, ongoing programme or a one-off, special event. 

Many retirement villages are close to towns, so getting to larger shops and amenities is no problem. There may even be a car and driver available for out-of-village trips.

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Enjoy your surroundings

Many retirement villages are custom designed and therefore much thought and attention is given to the grounds that surround it. 

The village environs are maintained by the village operator and so should be clean and litter-free with landscaped gardens and manicured green spaces. Pathways should be wide and smooth with plenty of seating so you can make the most of your surroundings.

Things you really need to ask when viewing a retirement village

Welcome your friends and family

When choosing the size of your home in a retirement village, you can factor in spare rooms for family and friends when they come to visit. 

Even if you decide not to have a spare room, it is unlikely to be a problem as some retirement villages have a guest suite where your children and grandchildren can stay. 

If you are hosting a get-together, there may even be no need to cook if you can head out to the village’s dining room or restaurant.

Do your own thing

Just because there might be events, activities, trips and classes taking place in your village, it does not mean you have to participate in all, or even any, of them. 

You can find your own pace of life or level of interaction. You can come and go as you please, do as you wish and carry on living your life as you want to.

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Retirement Living Guide

For further information about retirement living and how to find your perfect home, download and read our complete guide to Retirement Living and Villages.

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