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What is Retirement Living really like?

Published: 08 July 2019

So, what is retirement living really like? We speak to two residents who spill the beans on what it’s really like to live in retirement living accommodation. And they have never looked back!

Retirement living is designed for the over 60’s and offers a comfortable retirement apartment. This includes 1 or 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a hallway in a retirement development with social areas available for residents to use when they wish, such as a communal lounge or laundry room.

The overriding benefit is residents have their own self-contained apartment with their own front door, so they can come and go as they please. However, if they do want to be sociable there are a variety of activities on offer.

“The main benefit of retirement living is there is more social interaction with likeminded people when you want to be sociable. In addition, it frees up people’s time, so they can concentrate their time on doing things they enjoy such as cross stitch or painting, and they don’t have to worry about gardening or house maintenance”
Retirementmove Sales Executive

We spoke to some residents to find out what the benefits are of retirement living…

“On a Wednesday afternoon we meet for coffee in the communal lounge and on a Friday, we have fish and chips. Every Friday afternoon I go down to the lounge and have a cup of tea and a good chat. Also, we play bingo once a fortnight in the lounge and I’m also going on trips which is a bonus. I’ve made a lot of new friends since I moved into the retirement development”
Retirement Living Resident

“There are a few services available such as a window cleaner, a gardener who cuts the grass and a handy man for smaller jobs. There’s also a brilliant house manager who is on hand to sort out any other problems.
If I was living in a house, I would have to pay for all of this. For example, if the tiles fell off my roof, I would have to pay for it. So, it’s really low maintenance.”
Jan, Retirement Living Resident

“We have games a couple of times a week, on a Wednesday afternoon I go down to the communal lounge for coffee or tea – there’s lots of company”.
Rose, Retirement Living Resident

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