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How to choose a retirement village

Thursday, 17 September 2020

If you’re struggling with how to choose a retirement village, our experts have a list of easy questions you can ask to help you choose a retirement community that’s right for you.

Are you having trouble deciding which retirement village is right for you? Well, you’re not alone. How to choose the right village is one of the most popular questions we get.

With more than 75 unique communities across the country, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. From our established villages to new developments to premium Ardency residences, there are many options to consider.

But one thing you’ll find at all our retirement villages is a vibrant community and a sense of fun, friendship and belonging. As well as all the benefits that come with living in a safe and supportive environment.

To help you choose your retirement community, we’ve compiled a list of questions our expert panel, including Rachel Lane from Aged Care Gurus and Andrew Winter from Selling Houses Australia, say you should consider when deciding which retirement village is right for you.

Living life your way

Retirement is about living life your way. And just like you, our retirement villages are all unique. So where do you start? This handy list of questions will help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect place for your retirement. 

1. Where do you want to live?

From cosmopolitan urban settings to charming coastal towns and handy suburban settings, we have villages in a variety of thriving Australian communities. The first step is to decide which location suits you best.

  • Do you want to live close to nature? 
  • Does a coastal lifestyle appeal? 
  • Are you after something more cosmopolitan? 
  • Do you want a small or bustling community feel? 
  • Do you want to move closer to your children, grandchildren or family friends? 
  • Would you like to stay close to the neighbourhood you already know and love?

2. What sort of home do you want to live in?

We offer a range of home types, from 3-bedroom freestanding villas to Serviced Apartments. So the next step is to work out what type of home will give you the retirement space you want.

  • Do you want to downsize or keep a similar amount of space as your current home? 
  • Are you after a stand-alone villa or a rightsized apartment?
  • Are you looking for increased privacy?
  • Would a spare bedroom be handy for when the grandkids visit in the school holidays?
  • Do you have mobility needs to consider?
  • Do you need car parking? For how many cars?

3. What do you want to do in retirement?

One of the biggest benefits of village living is the wonderful facilities and lifestyle activities you can enjoy. So the next step is to consider what you want to do in retirement. Once you know what you most want to spend your time doing, you can look for a village that offers access to these activities - whether it’s inside the village or in the nearby community.

  • What hobbies and interests do you enjoy?
  • Are you a green thumb who's inspired by a community garden?
  • Do you enjoy craft activities?
  • Are you looking for lots of choices of hobby groups?
  • Are you looking for a lively happy hour?
  • How about plenty of fitness and wellness activities?
  • Do you want access to any specific facilities like a pool or a gym?

4. Choosing a retirement community that’s right for you

Now you've figured out where you want to live, what type of home you want and what you want to do in retirement, it's time to choose your retirement community.

Choose from over 75 villages across Australia

Once you find the village (or villages) that interests you, contact us to book a private tour. Our village team will show you around so you can explore the village and see the facilities on offer.

If you have questions or want to talk through your options, our customer service team is here to help you with how to choose a retirement village. Call them today on 1800 550 550.

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