A RETIREMENT VILLAGE might not be for everyone, however those who choose to make the move do agree that they should have done it sooner.
For some it is the opportunity to meet new people and find companionship, while for others it’s about enjoying the freedom from maintaining a large house and garden. For Uniting resident Leoni, that was one of the appeals of making the move to a village.
“Having everything looked after frees up time to do the things you really want to do and isn’t that what retirement is about,” said Leoni.
Although COVID-19 restrictions saw social gatherings paused early in the year, residents in villages are finding unique ways to connect, be it via a socially distanced chat through their neighbour’s front door or a resident meeting held via the resident’s balconies.
Uniting Independent Living resident Joan shared “that’s what I like about it – I moved in and everything is taken care of. I’ve got my independence, but I’m not living in some isolated house on my own, and I must say I’m surrounded by very nice people.”
For some the perception of village life may be that they’ll be living in each other’s pockets. However, Maxine, a Uniting Independent Living resident says it’s not the case.
“It’s the best of both worlds – you have your own home which you love and furnish your way, and you have all the facilities, but you’re free to make any social arrangements you want. I mean, what could be better,” reflected Maxine.
The best way to decide if a move to a village is right for you is to book a tour of a village and chat to some of the residents about their experience. To explore a Uniting village near you call the friendly team at Uniting on 1800 864 846 or visit uniting.org/independent-living.