Downsizing to a retirement community can be a practical and rewarding decision in your senior years. As well as alleviating the burden of home and garden maintenance, you remove the loneliness and stress that comes from living alone or in an isolated area.

Moving to a retirement village is an ideal way to retain your independence while situating yourself in the middle of a caring community with support available in a myriad of ways.

The following guide outlines what exactly is involved when moving to a retirement living community, and how to find the best option for your lifestyle and budget.

So you’re thinking of moving into a retirement village?

A fresh start can be as intimidating as it is exciting, but if you are considering making a move to a retirement community, remember you have plenty of options to choose from. While it may feel strange to pack up your home and move into a cosier space, the benefits will immediately pay rewarding returns.

Anyone thinking of moving into a retirement village should contemplate the advantages of convenience, security, and community.

What exactly is a retirement living community?

A retirement village is made up of residential housing for singles, or couples, who are over 55 and no longer work full-time. Governed by the Western Australia Retirement Village Act access to these complexes may be through a lease-for-life, or rental, model. Coolibah Care offers a unique service, with both of these options.

A Residence Contract will need to be signed to safeguard the rights of both you and the owner, and it’s imperative you understand all costs and regulations involved before you commit. Typically there are ongoing costs called Deferred Management Fees (your contribution to the maintenance and amenities within the village).

What are your housing options and features in retirement villages

Easy-to-maintain independent living spaces are typically available in both short and long term options, with gardens/patios and kitchenettes in both studio and one-bedroom units like at Coolibah Care in Mandurah.

Expansive villa-style homes are available for those looking for a more spacious residence, with two bedrooms, parking, full kitchen and laundry, as well as an enviable private courtyard within Coolibah Cluster homes.

Fully-serviced apartments offer support within a private home. All-encompassing meal options, linen and room cleans, as well as emergency call services are the perfect choice for those who want independent living with some extra special touches.

Key considerations when moving to a retirement village

Take the time to consider desired outcomes from moving into a retirement village, and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I discussed my choice with family and financial advisors?
  • Have I taken enough time to think about this lifestyle change?
  • Do I think the lifestyle and social culture of the retirement village suits me?
  • Do I understand the financial and legal obligations of the move?
  • Have I spoken to current residents about their experience there?
  • Can the retirement village assist with  my healthcare needs?
  • Have I compared the costs and amenities of multiple communities to ensure I have chosen one I can afford?
  • Can I take my own furniture, or pets?

Choosing empathetic support with Coolibah Care

Situated beside a shopping centre, library, and recreational space in Mandurah, Coolibah Care is a leading trusted aged care provider in Mandurah. Anyone looking for an affordable retirement village with a range of services need to look no further.

Contact us today to discuss living options at Coolibah Care, or to book a tour.