Retirement – and the freedom that comes with it – is something that many people are looking forward to, and a big part of that pleasant anticipation is the thought of moving to a retirement living community.
So, what’s the best thing about community retirement living? Well, it depends who you ask.
For the social butterfly retiree
The best thing about retirement living is the community you’ll have access to within the retirement facility. Nothing could be better than being surrounded by a built-in network of potential friends and compatriots that you can choose to spend as much time with as you like. Being able to live and socialise with others provides a strong buffer to the problems of loneliness and isolation often faced by ageing people – and given the health and wellbeing problems that arise from loneliness, this is of huge importance. Lonely older people are more prone to physical health problems, mental health problems, lower quality of life and earlier deaths. It’s a sobering thought – but retirement living does away with this problem by providing an easily accessible community to socialise with.
For the adventurous retiree
Being able to go off an adventure at a moment’s notice without worrying about your house is a big drawcard for the adventurous retiree. Retirement community living provides the ultimate in freedom, as you are free to come and go whenever you wish, always knowing that your home will be looked after while you’re away. Travel is a big part of many people’s retirement plans, but you don’t want to be weighed down by concerns about your home while you’re out enjoying your retirement. You’ll be completely free to roam when you live in a retirement community, with the pleasure of coming home to find your house just as you left it.
For the anxious retiree
It’s common for older people to sometimes feel a little vulnerable in their home, particularly when living alone. This is not a problem when you move into a retirement community, as the facility will come with a range of security features to make you feel completely at ease within the complex. As well, you get the built-in benefits of living amongst a community, adding to the safety aspect. Plus, help will be close at hand if you’re unfortunate enough to suffer an accident or fall in your home or garden.
For the busy retiree with no time for housework
Retirement living is a compelling choice for the person who has a million-and-one better things to do than carry out home and garden maintenance. Because, let’s face it, while these chores are a necessary evil of life, most of us don’t enjoy doing them. And who wants to spend the retirement you’ve worked all your life to achieve doing boring household chores and maintenance? There’s so much more you could be doing with your time – and the most exciting thing for the retiree who’s bursting with plans is to have your home and garden maintained for you. Retirement facilities will carry out all the maintenance on your home and yard, leaving you free to spend your time exactly as you wish.
For the independent retiree
Being able to stay independent is hugely important for many retirees, making retirement living the perfect choice. You may be living in community, but you’ll still have control over your choices, the way you spend your time, the activities you participate in and the way you live your lifestyle. Retirement living allows you to maintain your independence, control and choice, with the added benefits of community living.
So, whatever type of retiree you are, there’s an aspect of retirement living that will suit you down to the ground. Find out more about how the Alumuna over 55 living community is a perfect fit for you.