Three of our Best Retirement Flats in the Capital!

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Looking for a retirement flat in London? With lovely retirement apartments starting from as little as £174,00, why not take a peek at all of the retirement apartments for sale in London or check out our top three below:

Heathside, Golders Green, London NW11 7SB
Heathside retirement development in Golders Green, London is a lovely place consisting of 63 1 and 2 bedroom flats and is situated on the corner of Finchley Road and West Heath Avenue.
Is an apartment at Heathside for you? See what we have for sale at Heathside
Liberty House, London, SW20
Liberty House is an exclusive assisted living retirement development by McCarthy & Stone. A host of communal features including waitress serviced restaurant serving lunch and dinner and 24-hour staff on-site
Liberty House boasts excellent access to transport links with frequent train services to London Waterloo from Wimbledon Chase Rail Station which is only a short distance walk from the development. Local buses operate from directly outside the development.
Is an apartment at Liberty House for you? See what we have for sale at Liberty House.
Berkeley Road, London SW13
Best of both worlds and a delightful property. This charming two bed bungalow has its own South facing garden opening onto the communal gardens whilst having the security of a 24-hour call system and use of all communal facilities.
It offers independent living and the property is set with a popular cul-de-sac location, with shops and amenities close by. Local bus services and Barnes Bridge station are within reach.
Is an apartment at Berkeley Road for you? See what we have for sale at Berkeley Road.
Find your dream retirement home today. 

Great places to take the Grandchildren this half term

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Wherever you live in the UK, we’ve got some fantastic ideas on where to take the Grandchildren this half term.

Many children would sit on their devices and play electronic games all day during the holidays if they could! However, it’s much better for them to get outside and enjoy the fresh air during the day. Once they’re outside, they inevitably don’t want to come indoors!

Here are some great places to take the Grandchildren this half term that won’t cost the earth!

National Trust – visit old buildings, gardens and houses
National Trust is one of the largest membership bodies in the UK and membership offers access to over 500 places to visit and kids go free. They have lots of exciting places to visit. These include old buildings, gardens and houses to visit and explore spanning the country. So why not pack a picnic and probably an umbrella or two and set off to make some special memories.

English Heritage – visit historic places
English Heritage offers members access to over 400 historic places for over one year and free entry for us to 6 children. So wherever you live in the UK there is usually a site not far and the grandchildren can come along for free. In addition, they also offer free parking at sites that are managed by English Heritage.

RSPB – visit commons, marshes, moors and forests
The RSPB membership offers free entry to 170 reserves across the UK. These include commons, marshes, moors and forests so wherever you live, there is usually a reserve near you.
They also run a variety of events across the UK for a nominal fee such as treasure trails and spider hunts for children.

The Woodland Trust – explore a woodland near you

The Woodland Trust aims to protect our woodlands. The membership pack provides a directory of all the woodlands, helping you to get out and explore local woodlands across the country. 
Den making or Geo Cashing are both great outdoor pursuits for children. Geo Cashing is where you download an app on your phone and follow the coordinates to find treasure and to leave treasure is special places.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust – learn about birds and their habitats
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust aims to look after and protect the wetland habitat. Membership offers free access to wetlands across the UK so it’s a great place for children to explore and to learn more about Wildfowl and their habitats.

Our Top 5 Assisted Living Apartments in the South

What is assisted living and who is it for?

Assisted Living is a term used to define retirement housing for the over 60’s or over 70’s. These types of properties usually include additional facilities and some offer care packages. Many of these are built by leading housebuilder McCarthy & Stone.

Assisted living offers independent living with the peace of mind of having on-site staff and security and the option of additional care if its available.

RetirementMove have many Assisted Living retirement apartments for sale across the South of England. Check out our top five:

Corbett Court, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Corbett Court is in Burgess Hill in West Sussex is an exclusive Assisted Living development built by McCarthy & Stone. Build to a very high standard offering 1 & 2-bedroom apartments. This lovely development has an on-site waitress serviced restaurant running 365 days per year. It’s also very close to bus stops with routes to Brighton and Hove. See what retirement flats we have for sale at Corbett Court.

Portman Court, Uckfield, East Sussex
Portman Court retirement development is exclusively for the over 60’s. It offers independent living with the peace of mind of having on-site staff and security and the option of additional care. This lovely development has an on-site waitress serviced restaurant, a light and airy conservatory, landscaped gardens, comfortable communal lounge, dining area and guest suite. See what retirement flats we have for sale at Portman Court

Claridge House, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Claridge House in Littlehampton benefits from a few additional facilities, so is known as ‘Tailored Care Living’. This lovely development is aimed at the over 70’s and offers independent living with the peace of mind of having on-site staff and security plus the option of additional care. In addition, the whole of the retirement development is accessible via wheelchair and there is a fabulous on-site waitress serviced restaurant serving residents a delicious 3-course lunch.
See what retirement flats we have for sale at Claridge House

Amelia Court, Worthing, West Sussex
Amelia Court in Worthing, West Sussex is a beautifully presented medium sized retirement development. This consists of 63 1 and 2-bedroom retirement apartments built in 2009 by McCarthy & Stone.
This development is designed for those aged 60 and over and it boasts some excellent facilities including a communal lounge, development manager, on-site care staff 24-hours a day, lift, library, lounge, laundry room, guest facilities, garden and a car park. See what retirement flats we have for sale at Amelia Court.

Gresham Court, Purley, Surrey
Gresham Court in Purley, Surrey is a stunning and luxurious Assisted Living retirement apartment. The retirement development has the benefit of being set within a gated development and is only a few minutes’ walk to all the amenities of Purley town centre. See what retirement flats we have for sale at Gresham Court

Guest Post: Celia embraces a new life by the sea at Highcliffe’s Rothesay Lodge

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 by Churchill Retirement Living: 

When Celia moved to her brand new apartment at Churchill’s Rothesay Lodge retirement development in Highcliffe, it was only a matter of weeks before she’d bought a new wetsuit too, so she could make the most of sea swimming from the beautiful beaches on her doorstep. It’s a reflection of her enthusiasm for trying new things and embracing her new life on the south coast, after relocating from Cheshire to be nearer to her family.

“My parents also retired here many years ago, so I was already familiar with the area,” explains Celia. “I looked at a couple of other Churchill developments. But when I came here and saw the beach I fell in love with it straight away, and I knew I wanted to be near the sea.”

With the help of Churchill’s downsizing advice and special Home Exchange service, which provided a guaranteed cash buyer to put her in control of the move. Celia had the keys to her new apartment within a couple of months with minimal fuss, and now she’s reaping the benefits.

“I’ve been very busy getting to know everyone and getting involved in the local community,” says Celia. “I’m on the Highcliffe in Bloom committee, I help run an after school club with the local church, and I’m helping the local Rotary Club. I enjoy a very busy lifestyle and it’s been wonderful making new friends here at Rothesay Lodge and in my new neighbourhood in general.”

On the joy of being near the water Celia adds: “I love swimming! The beach is only seven minutes’ walk from my front door, and although it’s been a bit chilly this early in the year I’m looking forward to getting in a lot more swimming during the summer months. And possibly even joining a local swimming group.”

Celia’s lust for life is as strong as ever since her move. And without the hassle of a large house and garden to look after, she is a fine example of how the Churchill lifestyle gives you more time to spend doing the things you enjoy.

Rothesay Lodge is located on Stuart Road. This is just a short distance from public transport links, shops and all the local amenities on offer in Highcliffe. For more information about the brand new apartments available, visit the show complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, call 01425 383549 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk.

Top 4 tips for a low maintenance gardening this autumn

1. Get planting

For low maintenance gardening, plant daffodil and tulips bulbs during September and October to ensure there’s plenty of colour in the garden come spring time. Remember to plant the bulbs at least 2 – 3 inches below the ground level. This will ensure they are well protected from the frost. It’s best to plant them in medium sized pots which can be moved easily around a patio or balcony as even small pots can be difficult to lift.
If you want instant colour try planting hebe’s, heather or for a more structural effect, try outdoor ferns which look great.

2. Purchase an evergreen shrub

If there’s one plant to purchase this season, make it an evergreen. The garden can look a bit bleak during the winter months, so it’s a good idea to purchase evergreen shrubs such as firs, bay trees or a rosemary bush. This will give the garden a bit of colour and scent during the dark winter months. These can simply be planted in pots and for a bit of colour come the spring time why not plant some bulbs around the outside of the pot to create a nice display during the spring.

3. Select plants with a bit of colour

When all the leaves have fallen from the trees, there’s a lot of brown and green around and the patio garden can start to look a bit bleak. In order to add a bit of colour to the garden, try planting shrubs or bushes that have a bit of colour. The ‘dogwood’ shrub is a good one to get started with. This shrub has a beautiful red stem and provides a lovely bit of colour into the garden during the winter months.

4. Garden decorations

There are now a variety of garden decorations to choose from and metal garden decorations look ultra-modern and are really on trend right now. In addition to decorations, colourful pots, ceramic tea pots, hanging baskets or a wheelbarrow planter all look attractive and add a bit of colour and style to any patio or balcony.

Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Cheltenham

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Where to go 

With its busy town and peaceful countryside, Cheltenham is very popular for retirees and there are a lot of retirement properties in Cheltenham to choose from.
Cheltenham is known as the cultural centre for the Cotswolds and can sometimes be referred to as ‘Cheltenham Spa’. Cheltenham is rather a quaint town in Gloucestershire in the West region of England.

Cheltenham is famously known for its racecourse in Prestburys Park and hosts the National Hunt horse racing. There is lots to do in the town, with its many theatres and museums, lido, restaurants and cafes. 

Top tip!  If you like outdoor swimming, why not visit Sandford Parks Lido and concessions get a discount on season tickets! 

There are lots of green open spaces in and around Cheltenham, the main ones are Hatherley Park with Sandford Park nearby and slightly North is Pittville Park.

There are a few good shopping places in Cheltenham, there’s Regents Arcade with Cheltenham Promenade nearby or there’s the Gallagher Shopping Centre which is well worth a visit.

Clubs and associations for older people in Cheltenham
The Windsor Street Care Centre in Cheltenham runs a regular lunch club for older people in Cheltenham. They provide a low cost lunch followed by quizzes and games.

Age UK Gloucestershire offers help to older people and their families. The services they provide include: information and advice, support when coming home from hospital, support for local older veterans, a dementia project and much more.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities in Cheltenham
There are a few hospitals in Bath – the Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital and the Spire Clinic which is a private hospital.

Where to Live in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a great city to retire to and there are several wonderful retirement developments dotted around the city. These include: Jenner Court, Willoughby Place, and Lewis Carroll Lodge. View all retirement homes for sale in Cheltenham and the surrounding area.

Retirement Homes for sale in Cheltenham

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Jenner Court build by house builder McCarthy & Stone.

Do you still like the idea of retiring to a city, but decided that retiring to Cheltenham is not for you? Why not read another article in the series. These include: Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Sheffield, Bristol or Leeds.

Paul choose a peaceful apartment in Michael Court, Sale, Manchester

A safe and secure development with people of a similar age, and a much more peaceful apartment were just a few of the reasons that Paul chose to make a move to Michael Court in Sale with the help of RetirementMove.

Despite having some concerns about the management teams that work within retirement developments and initially worrying that he might find himself with a quiet social life, Paul has been delighted with his choice of location. Now living at Michael Court in Sale. Paul did have concerns that the town wouldn’t have much to offer in the way of activities and social events, however, this couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Since moving, Paul says “ I feel much more content, and I’m enjoying my retirement”. And while he hadn’t really done a lot of research into retirement living before choosing to make the move. The dynamic approach of our sales representative for the Greater Manchester area, made it a ‘hassle free’ experience.

When it came to selecting RetirementMove as his chosen estate agent, Paul is no stranger to the business. He had used our services before and was so satisfied that he chose to use us again. His neighbour also recommended us to him, so he was confident he made the right choice. Paul shared that he would happily recommend us to a friend or family member in the future and that we provided a ‘very professional service’.

Redefining retirement and making the move as easy and stress-free as possible is central to what RetirementMove do. This is something that Paul benefitted from. He happily admits that using RetirementMove to buy his new apartment meant that the whole process was stress-free, while describing the company as ‘efficient and professional’.

Moving to a new house is often thought as one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. However, Paul was quick to tell us that the buying process at RetirementMove was very smooth and that there was always help available when he needed it. When we asked if there was anything about the business and our services that he would have preferred to be different. Paul told us that he ‘could not think of anything’ that he would have changed. This just goes to show that when we say that we offer a personal service we aim to do just that.

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Take a look at retirement apartments for sale in and around Greater Manchester.

Discover eBooks and more from your local library

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Libraries have changed in recent years – gone are the days of sitting in silence whilst reading a book with scary librarians shushing everyone! Libraries now offer a host of facilities for all ages and provide a variety of digital services from free WIFI to e-books and e-audiobooks. However, there are usually still quiet areas available where you can still enjoy a good book.

Here are some of the services available at most libraries:
Magazines, newspapers – libraries now offer a variety of the latest magazines that you can borrow usually for free at your local library. In addition, there are usually free local newspapers and a variety of interesting pamphlets available.

Internet – Many libraries have computers to use and they also offer printing and photocopying. In addition, they may offer free WIFI.

Large print books – If your eyesight isn’t what it was, but you love reading, most libraries offer the latest fiction and non-fiction reads in large print, so you can enjoy reading without the eyestrain.

Audio Books – if you don’t like reading or find it difficult, audio books are great, simply borrow the book, plug in a pair of headphones and you’re away.

CD Books – Many books are available on CD which can be simply played on a laptop computer or in the car. This is great news for the visually impaired or for travelling when it’s not easy to read a book.

eBooks and eAudiobooks – most libraries allow you to borrow these types of books online or via an app.

These days libraries offer a host of additional facilities like parking, toilets, microfiche, scanner, out of hours return bin, and disabled facilities. In addition, many libraries offer a service to renew books online, so if you can’t physically get to the library to renew a book, then it can easily be done online.
If you don’t have a library nearby, why not find out where your nearest mobile library is and if there isn’t one nearby why not start one up?

Eating Healthily in Retirement: how to get more fibre into each meal

Older People’s Lifehack: Fibre
Guidelines suggest adults should eat 30 grams of fibre per day as part of a well-balanced healthy diet and for children this amount is lower. However, many of us struggle to get that amount of fibre in our daily diets. Eating more fibre is thought to improve health by reducing the onset of a variety of poor health ailments.
It’s also important to manage your diet in retirement to ensure you get the correct amounts of each nutrient in each meal.

What is fibre?
As many of us know, where are two types of fibre; soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. One type is found in fruit and veg and the other in wholegrains. However, foods which are rich in fibre tend to contain both types.

Why eat fibre?
Fibre’s good for many reasons as it keeps our digestive system working how it should and it’s also thought to avoid many health ailments.
Getting the suggested 30 grams of fibre each day can be tough, so here are some quick food hacks to try:

Breakfast
Whole-wheat cereals contain a good amount of fibre, but to increase the amount of fibre, try adding raisins, sultanas dried or fresh fruit.

Drink: orange juice

Mid-morning snack – Banana or apple.

Lunch
Many of us end up opting for a cheese or ham sandwich on wholemeal bread at lunch time, but to increase the amount of fibre, try adding thinly sliced lettuce or cucumber for added fibre.

Drink: apple juice or fruit smoothie.

Afternoon snack – instead of reaching for a biscuit or donut, try a handful of nuts and seeds or dried fruit. These keep for a few days so are a great quick go to.

Dinner
If curries are your thing, try opting for brown rice instead of white rice and add fresh vegetables such as peas and onions to the sauce to increase the fibre content of the meal. Or if you prefer pizzas and pastas, try opting for high fibre pizzas bases and throw on a selection of your favourite veg such as sundried tomatoes, orange peppers or spinach. For a pasta, a good alternative is to swap the standard durum wheat pasta for whole-wheat penne.

Drink: water.

Bernard downsizes and doesn’t look back!

Making the decision to move into a retirement development isn’t always an easy one. But from talking to Bernard, it’s easy to see that it’s been a great decision for him.

Bernard had come to realise that his current state of health meant that he needed to make the move into smaller accommodation. He needed accommodation that was more modern and warmer. Bernard’s current home was too big with too much stuff. This meant he felt isolated from other people his own age and was unable to cope.

Bernard had initial concerns about having to downsize. He also had concerns about not having enough room to take his possessions with him to his new apartment. Bernard now admits that downsizing wasn’t a problem when it came to the move to his new retirement apartment in Altrincham, Trafford, Greater Manchester.

When talking about his new apartment in Altrincham, he happily shares that it’s nice and warm with friendly people all around. Even the communal lounge where people regularly meet for morning coffee or afternoon tea is much bigger than he was expecting. He found it a comfortable place to be with lots of seating.

At RetirementMove, we pride ourselves on being honest and open throughout the buying and selling process. This was valued by Bernard, as he described us as very friendly and earnest. He also highlighted just how much he appreciated the ‘honest advice and being kept informed’.
Having found out about our services from another development in the area, Bernard says:

“I would happily recommend RetirementMove to my friends and family members, and would say they are courteous, informative and timely”.

Although Bernard didn’t choose RetirementMove over another agent for any one reason, Bernard described the business as ‘doing what it says on the tin’.

“We are pleased to have been able to help Bernard find his new home and we’re happy that he has found a new home that is friendly, welcoming and comfortable.” Tina Broderick, RetirementMove

To find out what retirement properties we have for sale in Altrincham and the surrounding areas visit our property page.

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