Re­tire­ment should be about en­joy­ment!

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R ETIREMENT shouldh ldb be all ll aboutb t en­joy­ing your­self. But when you are tied down by home main­te­nance, it’s not so easy.

This is where re­tire­ment liv­ing can be a great al­ter­na­tive. Those aged 60 and over can en­joy an in­de­pen­dent, ac­tive re­tire­ment with­out the worry of the up­keep of a large fam­ily home.

You will be able to do all the things you used to. The dif­fer­ence is that you will have ev­ery­thing you need vir­tu­ally on your doorstep, with the ad­di­tional peace of mind that any ex­te­rior work, gar­den­ing or big­ger jobs are all taken care of.

Re­tire­ment de­vel­op­ments are hand­ily placed close to shops, near the town cen­tre and in easy reach of es­sen­tial ameni­ties such as trans­port. You can still have your fam­ily and friends to stay in your apart­ment or in the guest suite, bring small pets with you and con­tinue to do your own shop­ping and cook­ing.

So it’s ideal if you want to en­joy your re­tire­ment while still lead­ing an ac­tive, in­de­pen­dent life­style.

But it also means you don’t have to live with lone­li­ness, as de­vel­op­ments run ac­tiv­i­ties such as choirs and quiz evenings to take part in if you wish, so you can in­ter­act with other own­ers.

Lodge man­agers run the de­vel­op­ments, and there are lifts and com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties, such as lounges, cof­fee bars, roof ter­races and land­scaped gar­dens. Some even have well­be­ing and fit­ness suites.

There is also a 24-hour emer­gency care­line sys­tem. And se­cu­rity con­cerns are eased by a cam­era en­try sys­tem and in­truder alarms, with ex­tra sen­sors in all ground-floor apart­ments.

Fire and smoke de­tec­tion sys­tems are fit­ted as stan­dard in all apart­ments and through­out the com­mu­nal area, while re­pairs and main­te­nance are cov­ered by the ser­vice charge.

You may be strug­gling to de­cide if re­tire­ment liv­ing is right for you, but the de­ci­sion might be easier than you think. If you al­ready lead an in­de­pen­dent, busy life­style but are start­ing to find the pres­sures of main­tain­ing your home a bit much, re­tire­ment liv­ing is an ideal op­tion.

Re­lax to­gether: Move to the sea in­stead of be­ing tied down by house­hold chores Pic­ture: CHURCHILL RE­TIRE­MENT LIV­ING

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