Retirement should be about enjoyment!
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.
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