Things to Consider when Moving to a Retirement Village
Moving into a retirement village is a significant life transition that requires careful planning and consideration. Here are some top tips to help you make a smooth and successful move:
- Research and Visit: Start by researching different retirement villages in your desired location. Have a look at their amenities, domiciliary care services, costs, and any specific requirements they may have. Schedule visits to get first-hand experience and assess if they align with your lifestyle and preferences. While you are there try and speak to your future neighbours, there’s nothing better than speaking to people who already live in the village.
- Financial Planning: It is important to understand the financial aspects involved, including the costs of purchasing or renting a property in the retirement village, ongoing fees, and any additional charges for amenities or services. Review your budget and it is wise to consult with a financial advisor to ensure you can comfortably afford the move.
- Lifestyle Assessment: Consider the lifestyle you desire in retirement. Do you prefer an active community with lots of social activities, or a quieter and more private setting? Assess the retirement village's offerings, such as fitness and wellness facilities, social activities, restaurants, and cultural events, to determine if they cater to your interests.
- Location Considerations: Evaluate the location of the retirement village. Look for proximity to family and friends, healthcare facilities, shopping centres, and other amenities that are important to you. Find out about the wider local area so you can explore new places, parks and tourist attractions. You should also assess transportation options to ensure you can easily access essential services and maintain an active social life outside of the village itself if required.
- Review the Contract: Before committing to a retirement village, thoroughly review the contract and seek legal advice if necessary. Understand the terms and conditions, including financial obligations, rights, and responsibilities. Pay attention to exit fees or conditions if you decide to leave the retirement village in the future.
- Right size and Declutter: Moving to a retirement village often requires downsizing to a smaller living space, but this is a chance to move into a property that is a more appropriate size for you and rightsize! Take the opportunity to declutter and get rid of unnecessary possessions. Sort your belongings into categories (keep, donate, sell, discard) to make the process more manageable for when you move.
- Customise Your Home: When moving into your new residence, think about how you want to personalize it. You’ll need to consider the size and layout and how you can optimize it for your comfort and needs. Make sure you bring your cherished furniture, decorations, and other items that will make your new home feel familiar, homely and inviting.
- Socialise and Connect: Engage with your new community and actively participate in social activities. Retirement villages often offer a range of clubs, interest groups, and events to facilitate social connections. So to settle in, attend community gatherings, introduce yourself to neighbours, and embrace opportunities to make new friends! They have all been in the same boat as you.
- Stay Active and Engaged: Maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle in retirement. Take advantage of the amenities and programs offered in the retirement village, such as fitness classes, educational workshops, and hobby groups. Staying engaged will help you adjust to your new surroundings and prevent feelings of isolation.
- Seek Support: Moving can be physically and emotionally challenging, so don't hesitate to ask for help. Enlist family members, friends, or professional movers to assist with packing, transporting belongings, and settling into your new home. Your support network and family will be really important during this transition period.
Remember, moving into a retirement village can be an exciting opportunity for a new chapter in your life. With careful planning and consideration, you can create a fulfilling and enjoyable retirement experience in your chosen community. Many of our residents wish they had made the move sooner.