There are six various forms of retirement living with the best-known being retirement villages. These can be specifically designed for older people who wish to, or need to, downsize from the family home.
Retirement villages are not ‘institutions’ or nursing homes. They are more small cluster communities in regional settings to large more urban apartment complexes.
Importantly the operator of the community maintains an ongoing management role – which is important as you age. This means there is a responsible person who keeps an eye out for you and your interests.
Residents move to a retirement living option because the family home is no longer suitable for their living situation.
Different retirement living options offer different benefits but all are designed to give support and confidence to people over 55, and in many cases over 75.