Deciding where to live in your retirement years requires a lot of thought and sound professional advice. Older Victorians decide to move for a variety of reasons, including health, social interaction, safety and security. It is important to understand why you want to move as this can help you determine what you are looking for in your new retirement living option. Maintaining your independence is essential as you make the transition from your working life to retirement. Your home location should take into account not just your financial situation, but also lifestyle needs in your senior years and to make your decision based on your own personal circumstances, and what matters to you.
You may choose a retirement village to meet new, like-minded friends, or down size your home and seek peace of mind that you might not find elsewhere living independently. Community living is a focus for retirement villages and the balance is up to the resident, as they may want to be as instrumental as possible in the community or as private as a hermit while still benefiting from the advantages of a close-knit community. More than 187,000 senior Australians call a retirement village home, and this number is expected to rise over the next few years.
Retirement/Independent living villages gives you more choices and control over how you live your life and a low-maintenance, hassle-free home. Combine this with the opportunity to be part of a supportive community and you may find an overall improvement in your well being.