Retirement Living

Retirement villages or communities are those especially designed for retired seniors usually 55 years old and above. Most retirement villages are made in such a way that adequate socializing exists among the residents of the area, hence various amenities and other facilities that cater to the needs and wants of the elderly are offered.

The definition of retirement communities differs from one state or territory from another. This is because each state or territory approves specific legislation that controls the operation of retirement villages.

Retirement villages can either be financed by residents or by donors. Donor-funded communities are usually sponsored by business corporations, religious organizations and other groups, and are typically run by developers or a management team. These communities are normally restricted to the seniors who have limited funds.

The facilities and services offered in retirement villages are usually varied. The physical structures in designed communities can include single-family or attached homes, high-rise or low-rise apartments, cluster housings, standard subdivisions, townhouses, duplexes and other structures and housing types. There are usually common areas where the residents are given chance to socialize with one another. The layout and design of these common areas are also dependent on the overall arrangement of the entire community. Moreover, a variety of community facilities and services are available for residents’ use. These facilities include recreational structures such as swimming pools, golf courses, sports gyms, reading lounges, clubhouses and other amenities. Recreational and social activities are either formally organized by the management or by the residents themselves, depending on the kind of community they live in.

There are not much variety in the services offered in terms of medical and personal care concerns. Medical and health care in this kind of communities are very simple. Since there is no trained medical staff onsite, services that need to be administered are done by local visiting nurses or homecare agencies. Some communities have social workers who can help and assist in contacting the agencies.

Retirement living communities have a striking semblance to independent living residences such that the facilities, services and the general characteristics of both housings are very similar. The only difference of the two would be that retirement villages are exclusive to retirees, which is not necessarily the case for independent living residences. Having confined in the company of people from the same age group can be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on the perspective in which the situation would be viewed upon. It can be seen as advantageous since the residents can have a community life among others of similar age; however it can also be viewed as disadvantageous since they are separated from people from all other age groups thus limiting their communications with the younger generations.

Given that retirement living communities and independent living are essentially the same, it also goes that this type of community doesn’t provide medical services that would cater to seniors with serious or critical health conditions unlike other living arrangements such as Alzheimer’s care, home care or continuing care.