Being a grandparent is a wonderful thing, bringing much joy and happiness. As a grandparent, there’s nothing better than spoiling your grandchildren and having plenty of fun when they come to visit.
A retirement village can be the perfect place to make memories with the grandkids in a secure and supportive environment. In our retirement villages, the grandkids are always welcome.
Most retirement villages offer plenty of space and opportunities to entertain the grandkids. Whether you look after them on a set day every week or they come for visits in the school holidays, your grandchildren will love exploring the village and making memories in your new home.
With a range of housing types available, you can choose a home with a spare bedroom for regular grandkid sleepovers. Or let them ‘camp out’ on the loungeroom floor with sleeping bags while you all enjoy popcorn and a movie.
Some villages also offer events or activities where the grandkids can join in with Granny and Grandpa. Perhaps they can help you in the community garden. Or join you on your daily walk with village friends. Or they could get creative learning to knit with the arts and crafts group. With our villages located in thriving urban, rural and coastal neighbourhoods, there are plenty of fun things to do outside the village, too.
Lisa Beattie of The Grove Ngunnawal loves having her grandchildren visit once a week as a way to help out her family. She says it’s lovely seeing children in the village, having intergenerational relationships. Connecting with younger people is great for everyone in the village.
While grandchildren are welcome to visit and have sleepovers anytime, there might be rules about the length of stay, noise levels and use of community facilities. Check with your village manager if you have any questions.
Living in a retirement village means having a built-in community to welcome your grandkids. And it also means you have more time to focus on your family. When you don’t have to worry about maintaining a large garden or property, you can prioritise making special memories as your grandchildren grow. We even have a great list of grandparent activity ideas you can try next time the grandkids visit.
Family interaction and get-togethers are an important part of your retirement years. For many, one of the highlights of living in a retirement village is the opportunity to spend more time with family. Especially the grandchildren. Having your grandkids visit you in your village creates lasting memories. And it forges stronger bonds as you enjoy the fun of an active retirement lifestyle together.
For more information about the lifestyle and support offered at our retirement villages, call our customer service team on 1800 550 550.
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