What comes to your mind when you think of your retirement? A glossy retirement life with zero stress, complete control over your decisions and happy moments? This will be a time of no work, only play, no stress, no major responsibilities that haven’t been taken care of, and NO WORRIES!
This will be the time that you will finally live your life, or so is the impression most people have of their retirement phase. However, with our older years also come some requirements which consider the fact that you have aged, and your body is not as strong as it used to be. We’re talking about some health complications or perhaps the fact that you’re now more dependent on your children or your caregivers to conduct regular chores. However, there is one way we can make the transition easier.
How about living in a retirement village? The following are a few reasons why a retirement village might be the right fit for many; compared to those living in aged care facilities or in their own homes.
A community for older adults:
A sense of community for older adults is more important than at any other time in our lives. The reason is that if they live in their own home, they may feel isolated from the world outside, and even if they continue to live with their families, they may not find people of similar age groups going through similar experiences in life. Compare this to when they live in a retirement village, where they will find other residents living in the same village to bond with and to feel comfortable around.
Equipped with all the resources:
Retirement villages like the Cotswolds Village are equipped with some of the finest features to make sure that all residents and guests using their facilities are safe, secure and always taken care of. These facilities include physiotherapy and gym, motion sensors, security backed with CCTV monitoring, on-site catering team who can adapt menu plans to meet any dietary requirements to name just a few amenities on offer to allow you to live your best life. Ensuring that not only are residents comfortable but their health both physical and emotional, isn’t compromised.
Although family members always try their best to take care of their older family members, they may not always have the skills needed to ensure proper care. Retirement villages have qualified staff and specialists who can assist residents with their basic needs (meals, cleaning, personal hygiene, and medication management). This can be a huge relief for other family members, knowing that their parents or loved ones are getting the right care and services they deserve.
A sense of freedom:
When you choose a retirement village you are also choosing a life of independence, a life where you get to decide what you do. When someone stays in their own home or with their family, they may still be burdened by familial chores or responsibilities which their family hasn’t assigned to them, but, given the homely set-up, they have assumed. Having a private space of your own can give you a sense of independence and help you live your retirement stress-free.
Keep busy and entertained:
In a retirement village, you are free to come and go as you please. You can be as involved as you wish or live your life with little interaction with staff and other residents. However, if you choose to be involved, your days don’t need to be dull. There are activities planned every day, and perhaps not even every day but every few hours, actually!
With so many choices, residents are busy and mentally stimulated, something that living in your own home cannot provide, other than watching the TV nonstop.
So, the choice seems rather clear to us. Retirement living does not just provide you with a place to live but it also gives you a community to make the most of retirement life, to make new friends and stay engaged.
As we like to say, retirement is not the end but just the beginning of a stress-free life when done right.