2020 certainly has made a large number of us question a lot of things in our lives – not least what the future holds.
If it’s made you take stock and think about what you want your future to look like, then read on.
Here are eight very good reasons why you might want to consider a retirement village and the difference it can make to your life – In a positive way.
1. Being part of a community
One of the hardest parts of this year’s unfolding situation was the Government’s lockdown rules which meant enforced isolation for some and the fact many families were cut off from each other.
This is where a supportive ‘community’ comes into its own, especially as you get older. Community spirit has shone through at all of our villages, from daily staff calls to residents, fresh meal deliveries to their door, help with online shopping and groceries delivered from our own village stores to weekly newsletters and emails, residents own social media group with VE Day celebrations (socially distanced of course) and even Zumba classes and quizzes via Zoom!
2. Making new friends
Being part of a community means you have the opportunity to meet neighbours and make new friends. I always remember one resident who moved into our Lime Tree Village telling me he had been astounded and thrilled that after a week he had made 50 new friends from the village.
It’s not about living in each other’s pockets, far from it – our communities much like the wider community allow you to come and go as you please with as much privacy and involvement in community life as you please. But, there’s also plenty to do if you want to, which means a great social scene, some new pursuits and activities to try and the inevitable chance to make some great friendships.
3. Security is essential
Being part of a retirement community means an environment that has a friendly team of staff on hand and where people look out for each other but not in a ‘nosey neighbourly’ way!
Grounds and properties are maintained and kept secure; there’s a discreet alarm in every home with 24/7 monitoring. It’s good to know that ‘feeling safe and secure’ was a top reason that residents gave for choosing this type of community lifestyle in our last survey.
4. Support in the village
If you’re serious about mapping out your future and realistically considering all of your options, you may be wanting to properly future-proof yourself. That might mean thinking about what happens if one day you may need some additional support in your home.
That’s where our domiciliary care partners, many of which are based in our villages, can help. Some of our villages also have access to residential and care home suites which is important to be aware of as part of your research.
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