Retirement Villages are a relatively new concept in the U.K. but have been around for some time in other countries particularly in America where they have proved to be very popular. They offer a completely new way of life for retirees.
The baby boomers are not ready to slip on their slippers and cardigans and sit around doing nothing in their retirement. The baby boomer generation want active retirement living, they're still seeking new adventures, new interests and most of all they want plenty of social interaction.
Retirement Villages offer much more than a place to live. They offer a community of peers in a secure environment, giving independence and a social diary full of activities should you wish to participate. While also providing services and support should your needs change.
Some villages even have the facility of full nursing care if you ever need it. For many retiring baby boomers this knowledge is re-assuring knowing that they won't have to move again should their health deteriorate.
The facilities offered in these types of villages vary considerably but all seem to offer a minimum of:
There are retirement villages run by charitable organizations, housing associations, and then there are the private developers who offer luxury developments that have spas, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts and bowling greens.
Check out this spa at one of the Richmond Villages. Isn't it fabulous? Imagine having the use of that as and when you fancied!
The choices of accommodation are vast and range from apartments, cottages, town houses, penthouses, and flats within beautiful period properties. There are retirement villages and developments by the sea, in the country, within walking distance of vibrant towns and cities. The choice is yours. All are available to the over 55 age group.
Whether you want to enjoy the facilities of galleries, restaurants and theatres that City life can offer or whether you want space, sea or countryside there's lots of choice.
Pegasus Life has a number of developments in prime coastal locations, check out the Atlantic Rise development which overlooks the Cornish coast line.
There are villages where you can rent your own apartment, purchase or even shared ownership where you can release some of your capital and enjoy a higher standard of living or spoil yourself with some nice holidays.
Retirement is what you've been waiting for all these years, so there's no point having money tied up in property if your pension income is low.
Making the decision to move to a new home while you're fit and healthy is much better than waiting until you're forced into moving because of health or mobility problems.
It's so much harder then to research and investigate the type of lifestyle you feel you would enjoy. It's also much easier to make new friends and settle into a new environment when you're younger.
If you know that your current home is going to be too large or too expensive for you to maintain as you grow older, it makes sense to start exploring the possibilites and choices available to you sooner rather than later.
Perhaps you want to move nearer to family but are worried about making new friends. A retirement village community could be the ideal solution where you would soon make new friends and retain some independence but still have family popping in to see you when they have the time.
If you're not 100% sure whether it would be the right choice for you, most villages have guest facilities where you can arrange to stay for a few days or even longer in some cases. This gives you the opportunity to meet other residents and to get a feel for the lifestyle it could offer you. You'll soon know whether it feels right or not.
For baby boomers that are trying to find suitable accommodation for elderly parents, it's reassuring to know that they would be able to continue to enjoy their independence whilst you're secure in the knowledge that help is on hand should they need it.
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