How will my life change if I move into a retirement village?
Overall, village life can be good for you! And here’s why.
Living in a retirement village provides lots of health benefits. Research tells us that being social and connected is good for your health and makes you happier. In fact, decades of research about the topic has shown that people with more social relationships not only live longer, but have greater resistance to infectious disease and have a better chance of fighting illness (1). People with high levels of community participation and high socio-economic status also record the highest life satisfaction scores (2).
At Lendlease, we like to see our residents remain active and healthy, so we provide lifestyle and wellness initiatives tailored to suit the needs of the community. While each village is unique and has its own schedule, activities can include yoga, Tai Chi, gentle movement, circuit, walking groups, cycling groups, social groups, sports and excursions.
Convenience is key to an easy lifestyle. Residents often find their ease of life improves once they move into a village closer to local amenities. Most villages are located in or near thriving communities, with easy proximity to transport and medical services. Of course, retail therapy is close by too!
On the topic of medical services, we are often asked if you can have access to your own care services once you move in. The answer is yes, you most certainly can. If you currently access care services and have a helping hand around the home by way of a cleaner or home nurse, you can continue with your service provider in your new home.
We will also help connect you with the best health and wellness initiatives and programs to help you live your best life. We have a stringent process to select health and wellness providers for our residents should they want or need them. Year-round services on offer may include domestic assistance, respite care, shopping help, social support, meal preparation, nursing, allied health services, aides and equipment. In many villages, residents can access the services of visiting practitioners like physiotherapists or podiatrists.
To ease your mind further, Lendlease villages have partnered with a world-class emergency call system provider to deliver new in-home emergency call systems. Not solely for emergencies, this system provides residents with immediate connectivity to skilled operators who can talk through a problem or send assistance.
Here is a list of more facts that may help you decide if a retirement village is right for you:
- Anyone who is 55 and over can live in a retirement village, whether you are retired or still working.
- Making friends couldn’t be easier. Each village has a community centre which forms the leisure and social heart of the village. Village life is naturally inclined towards socialising, so there’s never a dull moment whether it’s activities or events you crave. Of course, you can be involved in the community as much or as little as you like.
- We love your furry friends as much as you do, the Village Manager will meet each pet to grant approval before taking up residency.
- It’s not just your four-legged furry friends that are welcome, we welcome your human guests too! This is your home, so friends and family are most welcome to stay with you. Of course, other residents appreciate the fact that they know who their neighbours are, so for extended stays of more than 30 days, you’ll need to discuss your plans with the Village Manager.
- If you love to travel, there’s no need to stop when you move into a village. We even have a place for your caravan! Many of our villages have dedicated parking for vans or trailers, but it’s important to check this before you move in, as each village is different.
At Lendlease Retirement Living our residents are our greatest advocates. Living in a retirement village means being part of a community of like-minded people. A resident once mentioned “At our old place, we knew the neighbours on either side and that was about it. Now we know over 200 of them!”
We regularly touch base with our residents and listen to what they say about their lives and our services and are proud to have above industry standard advocacy rates and very high satisfaction levels. These results* show the positive living experiences our residents have.
Watch our residents talk about how their lives changed for the better once they made the move to Lendlease Retirement Living.
(1) "Social relationships and health." JS House, KR Landis, D Umberson. Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 1988.
(2) "A Flashpoint for Health Policy." Debra Umberson and Jennifer Karas Montez, 2010.
*Source: Lendlease Retirement Living engaged market research firm Stancombe Research and Planning Pty Ltd to conduct a Resident Satisfaction Index Research Key Insights 2019. This information is from their “Lendlease Retirement Living; Satisfaction Index Research - Key Insights; December 2019" report.