Making the decision to move into a retirement village can seem like a daunting experience. With so many things to consider, we wanted to make the process a little easier.
The following guide will arm you with the correct questions to ask and the key things to look out for. Enabling you to choose the option that suits your needs and is the right decision for you and your family.
Retirement Village Facilities
Having a wander around the village is the best way to obtain a true appreciation of what life will be like. Take in the sights and sounds and observe the general atmosphere. Ask yourself if you could see yourself living there. Often decisions come down to whether or not you get a ‘good feeling’ about the options you are considering.
Townhouses & Apartments
Keep in mind that moving into a retirement village will mean that you may be downsizing. The beauty of this is that you will be simplifying your life and making time to enjoy the things you love.
Trying before you buy is an absolute must when considering a retirement village. The proof will indeed be in the pudding! Studies show that sharing meals doesn’t simply address issues of loneliness, it may also help to increase nutritional intake.
Activities & Entertainment
One of the benefits of moving into a retirement village is making the most of the activities and social aspects of village life. You can do as much or as little as you like.
Fees & Guarantees
This is where you will discover that not all retirement villages are made the same. It’s always a good idea to shop around, to compare what different providers have to offer. You can then relax knowing you’ve made the right decision for you and your family.
Consumer.org has a handy checklist you can download and print off which covers many of these points. Click here to view.