In the past, retirement villages had the unfortunate reputation as dark and gloomy places where formally vibrant people waited to die.
That is no longer true!
Over the last few decades, retirement villages have evolved into thriving communities that offer opportunities for socializing, exploration, and recreation.
When it comes time to shrink the family home and really enjoy your golden years, retirement villages are worth a look. We’ll break down some of the most exciting new trends in over 50’s life and offer a few community profiles to start your search for the perfect retirement arrangement.
What News in Emerging Villages
From new technology to advanced touches, today’s retirement villages use thoughtful design to create the most welcoming spaces possible.
Technology. In some communities, dedicated programs allow residents to access schedules, menus, and active memberships in one place. A technician can also support residents ’health goals with portable devices that track essential health metrics and offer one-touch emergency calls.
Thoughtful Architecture. We have known for years that the human environment plays a role in their general well-being. Now this concept is applied to the design and construction of retirement villages that are welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, functional. That means more natural sunlight and green spaces as well as modern architecture that provides privacy and personalization.
Advanced Food and Pleasures. Just because you eat in a communal dining room doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’ve returned to your elementary school cafeteria. More and more retirement villages are heightening their dining experiences. You could also enjoy community-sponsored parties, engagement clubs, or coordinated local and international trips over the years.
Home for Faith. Many retirement villages are already kind to pets, but forethought includes amenities just for your pet. From cordless parks to dog day care, sweets in the lobby and trips to the babysitter, you will find that your beloved pet is not only accepted, but truly welcomed.
Retirement Village Profiles
Whether you want to spend that nest for luxurious living during your golden years or just relax in a comfortable and welcoming community, there is a retired village to meet your needs. The following are just a few examples in Australia and the United Kingdom.
The Best Money Can Buy
Australia. If you’ve ever wanted to spend your retirement inside a Monet painting, the Palm Lake Resort Tea Gardens is for you. Set on 23 acres of land in New South Wales, this village is full of manicured gardens and graceful bridges arching over lakes adorned with Monet-inspired water lilies.
As for unusual amenities, you’ll love the 60-seat luxury movie theater, covered bowling alley, and ten-pin bowling alley. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a fitness room. The decoration is modern and luxurious – think of crystal chandeliers and tons of marble.
UK. Maybe you love your days at the spa and want to live in one year all year round. Richmond Villages has 10 ultra-luxury properties across England, some of which even have their own Wellness Spas within the community.
Select a Lifestyle Package update to handle all your cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, and utility bills. There are gyms with fitness equipment and classes, swimming pools and saunas, and activities abound. You can even book a weekend stay at a Richmond Villages venue before deciding if it’s the place for you!
Best Budget Options
Australia. For a more modest but still beautiful and comfortable retirement experience, check out Hampshire Villages, a company that builds and sells manufactured homes in beautiful retirement communities for affordable prices.
Over 50s can basically design their dream retirement home from among a choice of styles with many custom options. You can also buy a pre-loved home in an established community in several desirable coastal and rural locations across South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
These pet communities also deliver great amenities in the form of Community Centers with a library, a large screen TV, a kitchen and a lounge. There are also swimming pools, bowling alleys, tennis courts and BBQ venues. Social committees arrange excursions and meetings.
UK. There is no question that retirement, like the rest of life, can be quite expensive. But with less money coming in, a lot of people are worried about straining their savings long enough. MHA is a Christian charity that provides affordable housing in retirement villages as well as a host of other services to meet the needs of the elderly.
Retirement villages managed by MHA are open to people of all faiths, or no beliefs. Apartments, studios and en-suite bedrooms are available. The communities are safe, attractive, and allow residents to customize the level of support they need to live life to the fullest.
Thought-provoking retirement communities recognize that it’s not just about the place, it’s about the experiences you ultimately have the time to enjoy. Often delayed dreams range from reading all the books you’ve collected over the years in a pretty comfortable place to taking that extended international vacation you never managed because the kids, pets and house all needed constant care.
Retirement is your time. Think about choosing a retired village to really spend it well.