Posted by Declan Davey
Having a safe, comfortable space to live in is certainly an important factor, and care homes can often provide that. But what about lifestyle, customised support, and opportunities to mix with others?
The actual accommodation too is now more varied due to the increased popularity of retirement villages and communities.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “how do I find retirement villages near me?” or “can I rent rather than buy a retirement property?” then you’ll want to read today’s blog.
Here’s a preview of what we’ll discuss:
What Are Retirement Villages & Communities?
How Do Retirement Communities Differ from Care Homes?
Retirement Village Rentals vs. Buying
How to Search for Retirement Communities & Villages Near Me
Browse by Lifestyle, Facilities & Price
Retirement villages and communities are designed with the “young-at-heart” retiree in mind.
There are two main ways that these larger property developments excel compared to other retirement living options:
Comparisons can be made between retirement villages and sheltered housing. Both styles of accommodation put their focus on allowing seniors as much independence as possible.
However, retirement villages tend to have more of a “bespoke” feel with extra facilities that sheltered housing can lack.
Looking for a summary of what’s on offer in retirement housing, retirement communities (e.g. villages), and care homes?
This graphic from Arco UK breaks down the key differences:
Retirement housing and communities are generally for more active or able seniors. They provide self-contained homes, which may have two, three, or even four bedrooms.
Standard care homes will, in most cases, simply offer a single room with an en-suite bathroom.
Although care homes provide round-the-clock support, retirement communities still offer 24-hour staff access. Often, domestic and care services can be added if your needs change in the future.
Gardens and lounges are typical across all types of accommodation, but retirement communities go a step further with facilities such as gyms, hairdressers, and wellness hubs.
Whilst more comprehensive facilities can certainly improve quality of life, make sure that any retirement communities you’re looking at provide the essentials. Factors such as build quality and storage space are equally important for longer-term satisfaction.
It used to be that retirement village residents had to buy their apartment or house outright, but things have changed.
Certain schemes now permit part-buying or renting a property on-site.
The good news is that retirement village rentals usually feature the same benefits as ownership does, such as being able to:
Although you’ll need to be aware of potential exit fees (as high as 30% in some places), a retirement village rental can serve as the smart option for those who prefer the “enjoy now, pay later” model.
Renters will need to pay for service costs, maintenance fees, and ground rent, but they can avoid the stress of buying and managing a property.
Searchers typing terms like “retirement villages near me” or “retirement communities near me” into Google can quickly get a headache.
You click on one page here, another there… the information is scattered and confusing.
Our team at Autumna has therefore created a tool for you to be able to make specific searches for retirement living accommodation in your area.
As we’ve discussed there are an increasing number of descriptions for retirement living, so Autumna has simplified them into these broad categories:
Retirement village = large
Retirement community = medium
Retirement housing = small
Within these categories a provider can offer all or none of the available services we list.
To start a search, head over to this web page.
You’ll see four icons:
Click “Retirement Living” and type in your location. Then, press enter to begin the search.
Notice the orange buttons at the top?
Click on any of the buttons to view their respective drop-down menus, where you can place specific filters on your search.
For “Living Type,” the options are retirement housing, retirement villages, and retirement communities.
“Housing” includes 1-3 bed apartments, 2-4 bed houses, bungalows, and studios.
“Support” shows you properties with domestic help, personal care, and/or companionship.
Finally, “Price” lets you filter by purchase or monthly rental fee, as shown in the image below:
We realise that seniors will have different retirement living preferences, which is why we’ve worked hard to build this search tool.
As always, please feel free to get in touch with the Autumna team for advice. We’re more than happy to guide you on how to find retirement communities and villages near you.
The best way to contact us is via phone or email:
Phone: 01892 335 330
Thanks go to Declan Davey (Health Copywriter) for co-authoring this article.
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