Why you should consider retirement living

Thinking about moving into a retirement home but not completely sure whether it’s for you? We look at some of the benefits of living in a 55+ retirement community.

Why you should consider retirement living

Thinking about moving into a retirement home but not completely sure whether it’s for you? We look at some of the benefits of living in a 55+ retirement community.

Be part of the community

By moving into a retirement home you’ll be able to meet like-minded people who share your interests and be part of a family. Make new friends and have more time to socialise and pursue new hobbies and activities without having to worry about taking care of a house.

Make new friends

Being part of a new community means making new friends. You’ll find people who have similar interests, or even those with different hobbies which you can join in with. A chance to learn something new.

At our homes we like to come together at meal times to share stories, enjoy good food and have great conversations. We have many activities in our homes from day trips to the beach, cheese and wine nights to getting together to watch a film, do some yoga or just having a chat over a cup of tea; and at the end of the day there’s always someone there.

Feel secure

Living in a retirement home can help to reassure you, as well as your family, as you’ll be supported by a wonderful team of staff and have people on hand to help if you ever need it.

Worry free living

Living in a supported (sheltered) house means you can have all the freedom to enjoy the things you love doing without having to worry about maintaining your own house. Just think of all the free time you’ll gain by letting someone else take care of the cooking, cleaning and gardening.

However, if these are things you enjoy doing, you can continue to do so. The benefit of retirement living is you pick when and how much you do.

Learn new skills

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, or hone ones you’ve already got? Moving into a retirement community and letting someone else take care of the stresses of everyday life means you now have the time. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to dedicate more time to drawing or painting, or even learning a new language. Well now is the time!

Convenient locations

Our homes are located in wonderful locations, they’re usually at the heart of the community with access to shops, cafes and social activities readily available. Most of them have excellent transport links too so you can travel to your heart’s content. If you’re moving to a new location, perhaps to be closer to family or friends, you’ll be able to spend the time discovering all that the place has to offer - and if you are new to the area, we’re sure your friends in your new home would be delighted to show you around.

You can still own your own home

If you still want to own your own home, but want to feel part of a family, the good news is that you can. Some of our properties allow you to buy your own apartment but have the added benefit of having a supportive community around you and can become a more suitable place to live.

Maintain your independence

If you’re worried that moving into a home will make you lose your independence then think again. In our homes you can come and go as you please, after all this is your home. If you fancy a trip out shopping in town, visiting family or going out for a coffee with friends you’ll still be able to do that.

You can still live together as a couple

In many of our homes, our rooms are big enough to allow you live together as a couple, with the added benefit of having a kind and caring team of staff and other residents to keep you company.

Try it for yourself

If you still haven’t made up your mind about whether retirement living is for you, we’d encourage you to come for a visit. Contact your local house and find out if there are any activities and lunch clubs that you can join. Here you’ll have the chance to meet with the other residents of the house and ask them any questions you may have. Then if you do like it you can do a trial stay to see if you’d like to move in and start living the next chapter of your life.

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