Retirement villages are communities of people who are of retirement age and have stopped working in exchange for a life of leisure. Communities like St. Ives are examples of such communities that aim for a resort lifestyle, while there are other types of retirement communities available. Going for retirement living in an area specifically for retired individuals is a big decision for a family and comes with its own considerations.
Retirement Communities are not Retirement Homes
Some retirement communities are for adults who can care for themselves. If an individual lives in one of these areas and needs care, the family can bring in care. However, many retirement areas understand the needs of retirement age individuals, meaning all levels of care are available. Solutions for mobility problems, health care and more are typically accessible and closer at hand than in mixed age communities.
Socialization with Peers is Easier in a Retirement Town
When everyone in the area is retired, it is all about fun. Everyone is in the same age range. No one has to go to work in the morning. Even better, activities are often part of the grand scheme. Parties, games, relaxation and more are available for retirees so retirement does not get boring the way it can when there is no one around for company.
Communities are not Clinical
Going to so-called “homes” is great if they are like apartments and have the community feel of a village. However, some are more like hospitals and are too clinical for independent retirees. Villages are places where retirees literally make their homes. It is not all about care and routine all day long. It is about living life without the stress of work.
People who want things like swimming pools and air conditioning need to have them installed in their homes. With retirement communities, all families have to do is shop for the one with all of the amenities the recent retiree wants in his or her home. Potential bonuses include parks, golf clubs, restaurants and more.
Villages have a lot to offer retirees and the process is a lot like buying a home or renting a condominium. It is a familiar journey with some rewards. None of the neighbours has crying babies. The landscaping is neat. There is help if it is needed and family can still be all-important.
Where would you like to retire?
Could you envision yourself in a retirement community?