Moving to a retirement village is a major lifestyle change, and requires a lot of thought to choose the right one. It allows you to continue living an independent lifestyle while being surrounded by other seniors. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right retirement village for you.
What to do before moving to a retirement village
Before moving to a retirement village, there are a few things you should do. First, consider other options like home help or moving to a smaller home.
Make sure to speak with your friends, and family about your decision, and tell them why you want to do so. Also, ask them about their plans for the future.
How To Choose The Most Suitable Retirement Village
Choosing a retirement village is one of the most important decisions you will need to make in your life. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
- Make a list of your retirement village must-haves.
- Also, make a list of your wants, but not essential needs.
- Speak to a lawyer or financial advisor for expert legal advice before signing a contract.
- Visit as many retirement villages as possible, which are in your ideal location, and suit your budget
- Don’t be pressured to make a decision with the first one you visit.
- Ask each retirement village for a standard fact sheet. This will help you to compare the differences in facilities on offer.
- Talk to residents of each village. Find out what they enjoy, and what they don’t like
- Ask your friends and family to come along with you, and to give their feedback
- Carefully read the contract. Make sure it aligns with the verbal information you were told.
Questions To Ask About A Retirement Village
When you visit a retirement village, you should prepare several questions in advance, which can give you peace of mind and help you make a decision.
Some recommended questions to ask include:
- Is there a waiting list for the retirement village?
- What is the policy for pets?
- When are visitors allowed?
- Is car parking provided?
- Is there a bus for the retirement village? What route does it take, and how often does it run?
- How close are facilities such as public transport, medical facilities, entertainment, supermarkets and shopping centres?
- Is there a residents’ committee? If so, how do they elect members?
- What common areas are there to use?
- Are you allowed to make changes inside the unit, or do you need permission (like in a rental home)?
- How much are the fees and charges?
- Are there more facilities planned in future? If so, what are they and when will they be completed by?
- Are there meals available? If so, how much do they cost?
- Are support services available, such as cleaning, and assistance with meals, if required?
- Can you be moved from the facility without your consent? If so, what are the circumstances?
- Is there a nearby aged care facility?
You should make an informed decision when choosing the right retirement village.
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