The Ultimate Checklist for choosing the right Retirement Village

Blog 12 February 2020

Planning for retirement can be a daunting process – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve already chosen to move into a retirement community, then congratulations – you’ve made a great decision. Living amongst your fellow retirees can help you to make new friends, discover new hobbies, and enjoy independence for longer than those who never make the move. If you need some guidance picking the right village, we’ve outlined the six fundamental things to consider in your search.

1. Location, location, location.

This is an important consideration. We know that many Australians elect to stay, on average, within 12km of their former home. While there are obvious benefits to staying in your town, there’s nothing wrong with bucking the trend either. This is your time – so ask yourself, where have you always dreamed of living? Some people desire coastal living, whereas others prefer the convenience of being closer to town.

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2. Think about your lifestyle requirements

Have you thought about your lifestyle, and what kind of home will best suit? Apartments are a fantastic option for people who like the convenience of a lock-up-and-leave home with minimal maintenance required. Or maybe you’re a green thumb who would prefer a house with a garden. Do you have a pet? Make sure to check your new abode is suitable for your four-legged companion.

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3. Consult with family

Always seek a second opinion – or third, or fourth! While it’s important you’re happy with the village you choose, it’s good to consult with those who know you best. They may think of factors you hadn’t considered, such as the facilities – are they family-friendly? Will you be regularly hosting guests or grandchildren? Some facilities have policies around this which are important to consider.

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4. Make a list of non-negotiables

So you’ve had a think about location and lifestyle, and you’ve spoken to your friends and family. Now it’s time to put pen to paper and write your list of must-haves. For most people, amenities top the list. Here at The Village, our residents are able to enjoy bowling greens, a gym, café, cinema and more, all on-site. But, just as important as the on-site facilities is what you can find nearby. Think about the location of the closest doctor, dentist and shopping centre. It’s also good to factor in distance to town and public transport options. Once you identify what’s most important, you can begin to narrow your search.

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5. Take a tour

After identifying your non-negotiables, pick a few key places that fit the criteria and then book a tour. This is the best way to get the feel of your potential new home and identify whether it’s the right option for you. Take a look inside, meet the residents and have a chat with the sales staff. It’s important to meet the building manager, as you will be in close contact during this process. Make sure to visit multiple retirement villages so you can compare the pros and cons.

6. Think Long Term

Though you may be in great shape now, it pays to consider what your future needs might be. Are you looking at a home with stairs? While you may be jumping up two at a time now, if your mobility becomes restricted, stairs could prove to be a challenge. Have a think about all of the facilities on offer, and any services you may require in future.

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Consider The Village Retirement Group for your South East Queensland Retirement

Often, the hardest step in making the move to a retirement community is actually making the choice to do it. Once you’ve decided – the rest falls into place. If you need more guidance, or if one of our specialists can help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3854 3777.

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