When looking for a retirement apartment, the terminology can be quite overwhelming. To summarise, there are two common types of retirement property available in the UK. These are: Retirement Living and Retirement Living Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living).
The main differences between the two are the facilities on offer and the services available for residents at the retirement developments. The developments are all designed around an age group – making life easier and more enjoyable for those living in the retirement development.
What is Retirement Living Plus?
Retirement Living Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living) is another name for sheltered housing or extra care retirement housing. These terms are used by retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill Retirement Living. This reflects the concept of properties that provide an independent lifestyle designed for people in their 70’s who want to live in their own home but need some extra help.
Retirement Living Plus properties are usually apartments, designed and built for older people’s needs, within retirement developments that have additional facilities available.
What’s on offer at a Retirement Living Plus (formerly Assisted Living) property?
Retirement Living Plus properties are all about making later life easier, with lovely modern apartments that are fitted with all the home assistance equipment you might need, on-site communal facilities where you can socialise with new friends, and extra care services such as domestic assistance and personal care.
People who have made the often very difficult choice of downsizing from their family home and buying a Retirement Living Plus apartment rarely regret doing so.
Facilities usually include a restaurant, communal lounge, laundry room, guest suite for visiting friends and family, area for private hire (for parties etc.), laundry room, communal landscaped gardens, outside seating and outside space, lifts to all floors, parking for cars and mobility scooter storage.
Security includes call points and a camera entry system in every apartment, as well as an emergency pendant alarm for each resident and 24/7 on-site staff.
Extra care can include domestic assistance, for example cleaning, shopping and admin, as well as personal care services such as help with dressing, washing, medication monitoring, meal preparation and exercise.
Similarly, these apartments are leasehold and require a monthly service charge. But unlike a regular flat, the service charge includes the cost of providing a property manager, the security systems, repair and maintenance of the building and grounds, heating, lighting and electricity of the communal areas including the laundry room, water rates and buildings insurance. In addition, some developments offer one hour of domestic help per week which is included in the service charge.
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