Co-located villages

Co-located villages are retirement villages that have an aged care home (nursing home) either attached to it or on the same campus or block of land.

Historically this model has been shunned by both customers and operators, each with the view that residents of villages would find it depressing to have to face their own potential mortality each day.

In recent times however retirement villages have moved from being a resort lifestyle housing choice to a supportive ageing in place with care services model, with residents being slightly older when they join. Having an aged care home (nursing home) attached to the village is increasingly desirable.

This is particularly the case with couples where one person may need to transition into an aged care home (nursing home); being in a co-located village means that both partners are close by.

Co-located villages are not common. Roughly 10% of villages have a co-located aged care home (nursing home).

Most are operated by not-for-profit organisations. Few private operated villages have co-located aged care homes (nursing homes).

It is important to understand that retirement villages operate under state legislation that is ‘property focused’ while aged care homes (nursing homes) operate under federal legislation which is ‘medical support focused’ and largely government funded.

This means that if you are a resident of a retirement village that has a co-located aged care home (nursing home) you are not guaranteed an automatic placement in the government funded aged care home (nursing home). You have to make a separate application.

This means that if you are a resident of a retirement village that has a co-located aged care home (nursing home) you are not guaranteed an automatic placement in the government funded aged care home (nursing home). You have to make a separate application.

Finance and contracts

There is no difference in the finances and contract for a village resident in a co-located village compared to a standard village.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.