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Updated: May 17


Retirement Villages

What are retirement villages?


Retirement villages are housing designed for older people looking to downsize or live in a community with other retirees. These communities typically offer a variety of amenities and services, such as social activities, transportation, and health care.


There are many retirement villages, so it is important to research to find one that best suits your needs. For example, some villages may be geared towards active seniors looking for social activities and a sense of community. In contrast, others may focus more on providing services and amenities such as transportation and health care.


The advantage of retirement villages is that they can provide a sense of community and social interaction for older people living alone. They can also offer various services and amenities that make life easier for seniors. The downside is that retirement villages can be expensive and unavailable in all areas.


If you are considering a retirement village, it is essential to visit several different ones to get a feel for the atmosphere and the services offered. It would help if you also asked about the fees associated with living in the village and any restrictions on who can live there.





The benefits of living in a retirement village?


There are many benefits of living in a retirement village. One of the most significant advantages is that these communities can provide a sense of community and social interaction for older people who may be living alone. They can also offer various services and amenities that make life easier for seniors.


Another benefit of retirement villages is that they often have staff to help with transportation, shopping, and health care. It can be a big help for seniors who may not be able to do these things independently.


Finally, retirement villages can offer security and peace of mind. Many towns have security staff or gates to help keep residents safe, and some even provide 24-hour medical assistance, a big help for seniors who are worried about their safety.

  • Onsite facilities.

  • Services.

  • Healthcare.

  • Continuum of care.

  • Community spirit.

  • Low-maintenance.

  • Emergency first responders.



The disadvantages of living in a retirement village?

There are a few disadvantages of living in a retirement village. One of the biggest is that these communities can be expensive. The cost of living in a retirement village can vary depending on the location and the amenities.

  • Cost.

  • Location.

  • Waiting lists.

  • Proximity to neighbours

  • Storage.




First prize

Find a retirement village in your home town.

Family & Friends

You know the people and the area well the village is close to family and friends. Family for the elderly is vital and becomes more critical the older people get. Initially, the family may not be that important when people are still active and mobile and still together as a couple. Still, the family becomes more important as soon as retirees are alone.

The Church

The church is essential and offers support for the elderly and could be one of the things that would make people choose a retirement village close to where they currently stay.

Known Community

A community that is known should be the first choice.

Language

Language becomes a problem when looking for retirement villages in different locations. We'll talk more about this later.

Support

Lock up and go is part of the lifestyle people search for in old age. The main reason retirement villages become an option is you do not want to worry about maintenance and chores. With a retirement village, it is a significant benefit, maybe the primary benefit.



Downsides

The downside of living in a retirement village is that it can be expensive. The cost of living in a retirement village can vary depending on the location and the amenities. Additionally, some villages may have age restrictions or other criteria.

Strict rules are things to become accustomed to for the first months. There is a significant demand for retirement villages, and finding one that fits all your needs or that your family can afford may be challenging.

  • Most homes are not pet-friendly.

  • You will have to move.

  • To another city or town, maybe to a different country

  • You are probably downscaling and have to get rid of some stuff

  • You will be subject to rules that may become difficult if you are not used to them.

  • You are going to be among other people you do not know.



Benefits of retirement villages

assisted living

One of the main reasons people end up in a retirement village.

Lifestyle

It is the main attraction of high-end retirement villages.

Peace of mind

Peace of mind for you and the people who care for you.

Frail care

Going to and the main reason children put parents in a retirement village is the peace of mind that frail care will be available when needed. In some cities, retirement villages do not accept non-residents in the frail care units.

Care often starts with assisted living care and then later frail care.



Retirement villages in different countries.

In South Africa, we have great retirement villages all over the country. Also, provinces like the Western Cape are very popular after-retirement destinations.


Why consider South Africa

Exchange rate

With an exchange rate of R16.82 to the dollar and R20,24 to the pound, a retirement village in the Western Cape in South Africa should suddenly look very attractive.

The cape with all the diversity in scenery and the country known for the Kruger Park and other parks in all provinces, golf courses and other sports activities could be the life you dreamed of spending the last years of your life.

South Africa has its problems, but most people can understand English. Living and retiring in South Africa could be the solution for a person who needs to get more for their money. Retirement villages are developing, and developers will jump on the opportunity if the demand increases.

Summary

Frail care assisted living, care and peace of mind are the reasons retirement village could be the solution to your problem.



Money

Living in retirement villages is not cheap; in 2018, the middle-class rent was R9000 per month.


Investments

AS Brokers CC South Africa specialises in unlisted shares where investment companies pay an agreed income.






Questions & Answers

Q.Where can I find information about retiring in South Africa?

A. Yes, go to Expectica.com


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