As a growing number of Australians consider their lifestyle options as they mature, many are discovering the benefits of modern retirement living. Here are some of the positives.
1. Location, location, location
The best contemporary retirement living destinations mean you no longer have to be confined to drab apartments in the outer suburbs of cities. Apartments by the beach are now a viable option, while urban sites typically offer quick access to restaurants, cafes, shops, parklands, transport, hospitals and medical facilities.
2. Peace of mind
Knowing that you can continue to enjoy independent living in a safe, resort-style environment offers peace of mind. You can have the privacy and security of your own home, with the added benefit of exceptional amenities and support services, including emergency call buttons and a 24-hour on-call system.
3. Access to leisure facilities
Fully equipped gyms, cinemas, pools and spas, games and snooker rooms, bowling greens, community gardens – these are the sorts of facilities now being offered by retirement living providers. For those who want to relax or entertain family or friends, access to outdoor barbecue terraces, bars and entertainment lounges are available at high-quality facilities. Other services such as in-room dining and hair and beauty salons add another element of convenience.
4. Make more friends
Potential new friends are on your doorstep in retirement living communities. Those abovementioned leisure facilities are the perfect place to forge new social connections and make new acquaintances. The best retirement resorts also offer a range of on-site social programs to keep residents active and engaged, in addition to other off-site tours and activities.
5. Stimulate your mind
Mental stimulation is vital as you get older and games areas, movie nights and other social outings as part of retirement living are an important way to stay sharp.
6. At your service
Depending on the retirement facility, residents can take advantage of personal care services such as showering, dressing and grooming, while domestic services typically include household chores, cleaning and meal preparation. And you should not have to worry about getting a tradie again – good centres provide speedy home maintenance and repair services.
7. On-site care and wellbeing support
Care and support services should be a key consideration for all retirees weighing up their living options. On-site medical professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists and podiatrists can make a huge difference to residents’ quality of life. Wellness activities such as yoga are also popular, while more and more retirees are also becoming attracted to ageing-in-care models whereby service and apartment needs can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of residents.
8. Competitive costs
While the costs of entering and exiting a retirement facility should be carefully considered with the assistance of an accountant or financial planner, many residents find they get better value for money than trying to maintain their own standalone home. Weekly fees at retirement facilities usually cover costs such as maintenance, insurance and rates. Make sure that you discuss such fees – and what is and what is not covered – with the retirement living resort’s management team.
These are just a sample of the advantages of retirement living. Check out your options and start a new chapter of your life.