With the New Year being a time for reflection, many elderly homeowners and their families will have realised over Christmas that perhaps they need some extra help and a smaller, more manageable home. Although it’s always a very emotional decision to sell the family home and downsize, chosen carefully, this next step can be a hugely positive experience, providing freedom from responsibilities and a great new lifestyle.
When it comes to elderly care and housing, there’s a vast array of different options available. Retirement villages are becoming the choice of many as they provide everything you could wish for within one setting, from independent and assisted living through to 24-hour nursing and dementia care. The best retirement villages also include superb central facilities and luxury accommodation.
For those who need a helping hand but not the 24-hour care a care home provides, Assisted Living which is sometimes referred to as extra care, is becoming more and more popular. Assisted Living means buying your very own apartment along with an ‘independent living’ package which takes away the daily chores, allowing people more time to enjoy the things they
prefer to do. It also means being surrounded by like-minded people with lots going on, but still with the security of owning your own home. When families visit, they can enjoy quality time with their relatives, happy in the knowledge that their loved ones are getting all the help and support they need. The ‘independent living’ package typically includes all meals, a daily housekeeping service, laundry and utility costs.
David Westerby, Village Manager at Richmond Witney which is due to open this summer, reiterates the benefits of Assisted Living. “A retirement village such as ours gives the resident reassurance that help and support is available 24-hours a day, plus the peace of mind that daily chores are taken care of. This frees them up to enjoy life to the full by taking part in the many activities and events that we organise. It also means that when family and friends visit, they can spend quality time together.”
Recent studies, including ones by Aston University and the International Longevity Centre, have
proved that moving to a retirement village can benefit the individual in many ways. These results include how retirement villages reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness which is a
major problem for many older people living alone; lowering the likelihood of depression; promoting greater independence; decreasing GP visits and unplanned hospital stays and providing a wider choice in planning for later life than would otherwise be available.
Such findings are showing that retirement villages can improve your health and wellbeing as well as offer wonderful accommodation and facilities; the new Richmond Witney will boast a wellness spa with swimming pool and gym, hair and beauty salon, library, IT room, terrace
café, quality restaurant and garden bar, beautifully landscaped grounds, bowling green and nature reserve.
So why not arrange a tour of a retirement village – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!