We get asked a lot by those considering moving to a Retirement Community: what is the best age to move in?
The truth is, it’s much more about your personal circumstances and what is happening with your home, health and connections, than it is about reaching the right age. Unlike Aged Care Residences which cater for those who need support with daily tasks and health concerns, Retirement Communities are designed for active people who are looking for a low maintenance lifestyle. For some, moving in at 65 is perfect, while for others, it might be later. We do find some common factors that you may experience that can signal that the time is right—and we have gathered them in this article to help you identify the ideal time for you.
Looking after your home is getting harder
One of the most prominent signs for downsizing is when it becomes challenging to keep up with the maintenance and upkeep of a larger home. While it is possible to hire others to help, such as cleaners or gardeners, you still need to plan for, organise and pay for their services regularly.
Many of our residents say the freedom from the burden of looking after a big house, along with the extra time available to do the things they want is the best thing about making the move. In our Retirement Communities our maintenance team takes care of the grounds and the exterior of your home. This greatly reduces your workload and removes the most difficult tasks from your to-do list, so keeping your house in order takes less time and is much easier.
You’d like more accessible facilities and services
If your existing family home is located in the suburbs or a rural location, you probably need to get in the car to travel to reach some or all of the services and facilities you need. If you’re finding it a hassle to get around and wish it was all closer to home, a Retirement Community has that covered.
Many of the everyday facilities and services you need are on your doorstep—from health practitioners, wellness services and hairdressers to the gym, pool and library. There is often communal travel available to save you needing to drive for those things that are not on site. Having everything on your doorstep is a big plus for those who wish to avoid the stress of long commutes and the hustle and bustle of busy places.
Lack of social connection and community
As we retire and things change around us, it’s common for our social connections to reduce. Our kids grow up, we no longer go to work and our neighbours move away. Left unchecked, this can lead to loneliness and even depression, so it’s essential that we find new ways to connect with others on a regular basis.
If you’re feeling cut off or isolated, moving to a Retirement Community can be the ideal way to make new connections and friendships. It’s easy to find common ground with others around you who are at a similar stage of life. There are also plenty of communal spaces where you can meet and connect, as well organised activities that you can participate in, having fun while you get to know others who share similar interests. Living in a small, friendly community makes it easier to stay social and connected, without going far.
Watch for the signs and don’t leave it too late
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, it’s well worth looking into the Retirement Community options in your preferred location. Make a phone call and arrange a visit to get a feel for what it’s like. But don’t put it off too long, as one of the most common pieces of advice or residents like to share is to not leave it too late! Because the earlier you move in, the sooner you can enjoy the lifestyle and benefits of Retirement Community living.
To find out more about our Retirement Communities, get in touch with our friendly team on 07 3360 9000 or organise a tour of our homes and facilities today!