Se­cur­ing an ac­tive life­style

Re­tire­ment homes are no longer seen as a place to slow down, writes Tom Bow­den.

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SOUTH Australia’s premier life­style vil­lages are de­lib­er­ately be­com­ing harder to get into.

With many re­tirees rat­ing se­cu­rity as a pri­mary fac­tor when choos­ing a re­tire­ment vil­lage, life­style vil­lages across the state are re­ly­ing on CCTV, swipe cards, pin num­bers and au­to­matic card-only ac­cess gates to keep their res­i­dents safe.

Life­style SA gen­eral man­ager Stephen Nor­ris says se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives are as big a sell­ing point as re­sort-style re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Liv­ing in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment be­comes in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as we get older,’’ he says.

‘‘Feel­ing con­fi­dent about our safety and well­be­ing is vi­tal to our over­all qual­ity of life and helps fa­cil­i­tate a healthy and so­cially ac­tive ex­is­tence.

‘‘Mov­ing into a con­tem­po­rary vil­lage set­ting along­side other like­minded re­tirees cer­tainly pro­vides this.’’

On Staten­bor­ough at Leabrook de­vel­op­ment part­ner David Smal­la­combe says se­cu­rity is an in­creas­ing con­cern among res­i­dents.

‘‘There seems to be more crime around these days and, par­tic­u­larly when you’re re­tired, it’s a big is­sue for peo­ple,’’ he says.

Mr Smal­la­combe says there also is a range of ser­vices to en­sure res­i­dents feel safe and se­cure.

‘‘There’s an on-site man­ager there to take care of any prob­lems, there’s back-up health-care ser­vices, there’s some­one to take your rub­bish out and there’s a res­tau­rant with home de­liv­ery – if you’re not feel­ing up to go­ing out, peo­ple will de­liver a meal for you,’’ he says.

While some peo­ple as­so­ci­ate re­tire­ment with slow­ing down, many re­tirees see their new-found spare time as an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise, ex­er­cise and travel.

Re­tire­ment vil­lages have tapped into the ac­tiv­ity no­tion, equip­ping life­style vil­lages with swim­ming pools, spas, ten­nis courts, bars, bowl­ing greens and pool ta­bles for peo­ple who don’t quite feel ready to slow down.

‘‘To­day’s new gen­er­a­tion of baby boomer re­tirees have higher ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­pect more ful­fil­ment in their re­tire­ment than any pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion be­fore them so we re­ally had to raise the bar,’’ Mr Nor­ris says.

Mr Smal­la­combe says life­style vil­lages are de­signed to make older res­i­dents feel young by pro­vid­ing them with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and sports to en­gage in.

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