Life after retirement should be a fulfilling one. Even a decade back, the quality of retirement living wasn’t good enough to be applauded. Thankfully, things have changed, and today, retirees have many choices, from communities, retreats to apartments and more – all in the budget that they can afford. There are a bunch of websites that help you find your perfect retirement community, but below, we have also listed a few tips that may come handy.
- First and foremost, you need to take a call on the lifestyle you want to have. Do you prefer living in the city or close to the beach? What kind of living arrangement are you looking for? It is always best to make a list of your requirements in advance.
- Retirement villages vary considerably in what they offer. Instead of just relying on what they have to say, spend some time visiting these villages, so that you know what you can expect in the real world.
- Talk to the manager of the selected village and ask as many questions as required. If the scope permits, you may want to talk to some of the existing residents to know if their experience is worth their expectations and money paid.
- Expectedly, retirement villages have different pricing for utilities. Some services are a part of the deal, others must be paid for – find more on what it would cost to maintain your life in the selected option. It should be affordable and all-inclusive in the best possible ways.
- It is important that residents have a say in the matters of the village. As such, check if the concerned village has a residents’ committee in place. It is also wise to consider if the village allows you to bring your pet along. Not all pets are allowed, so keep that in mind.
- Events and activities in the retirement village do matter, mainly because you don’t want to be confined to a house or apartment. You need to have something to get engaged with or the scope to nurture your hobbies.
- Check what medical facilities you get in emergencies. Most retirement villages schedule GP visits, but with advanced age, you will need comprehensive medical care and attention. Talk to the manager or check online on what all the village can offer or arrange when required.
It is also wise to take legal advice because going to a retirement village is different from buying a home.