Perhaps you’re still living in the family home and looking to downsize or maybe the social interaction of a retirement village really appeals to you.

It’s important to consider what you really want out of your retirement before you make any big decisions about your next move. If you’re looking for independent living with the support and help available when you need it, a retirement community could be the right choice for you.

If you’re thinking long-term, then co-located villages, such as Sundale are a great option. They offer retirement village living with an attached aged care facility onsite, so you don’t have to worry about moving as your needs change.

To help you decide if retirement village living is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of things you might like to consider.

What is it like to live in a retirement village community?

Most retirement villages have a warm and welcoming community. You’ll live alongside like-minded neighbours with the opportunity to make new friends. Many villages offer a lively social calendar with activities such as quiz nights and hobby groups, so you will never be bored.

What are the homes like?

Homes in retirement villages are purpose-built for retirees, which means they are low maintenance, allowing you more time to do the things you enjoy. Sundale offers a choice of units to suit your specific needs.

What about my independence?

Retirement village living allows you to still lead an independent life. You can choose to participate in group activities and outings but there is no obligation to do so. Unless you want extra support or companionship, you’ll be able to go about your daily routines, hobbies and interests as normal. In fact, recent research suggests that independence, socialisation and freedom have replaced downsizing, home and health as the top triggers for moving into a retirement community.  

What are the facilities like?

Nearly all retirement villages have a communal TV and communal dining area at a minimum, and many have swimming pools, gyms, hair salons, and more. Sundale residents can connect with the community in the spacious clubhouse, relax in the large outdoor living and entertaining areas, kick back in the library and cinema or unwind in the heated swimming pool. Everything is right on your doorstep. There’s even a bus to take you to and from your shopping or appointments.

What if my health deteriorates and I need more support?

If you’re happy and feel supported in a community, the last thing you want is to move when your needs change. Sundale’s major point of difference to other providers is continuum of care, meaning there will be clear healthcare pathways available if you need them. 

Some villages, including Sundale, even offer specialised support for certain health conditions such as dementia. One of the greatest benefits of living in a retirement village is peace of mind. You can relax knowing that support is there if you need it.

Contact us today to discuss our retirement living options.


Mark James is Executive Manager of Corporate Performance