In most cases, retirement villages are suited to those over the age of 55. In fact, those who choose to live in a retirement village may not even be in retirement yet! Rather, they are downsizing from the family home and looking for a more relaxed lifestyle amongst peers.
Aged Care Communities, on the other hand, tend to be home to the over 75s. The average age of residents sits at around 84 years of age. Resident’s living in an age care community still wish to maintain their independence. They may however require care service assistance for general day to day living.
One of the main differences between retirement and aged care is the level of care needs of the residents. Retirement villages offer a more autonomous lifestyle, with residents usually needing less professional care and the community being more a place to meet likeminded people and enjoy planned events.
Aged care communities cater to residents who have low to high care needs. Medical professionals are on hand as are care services to assist residents maintain their independence. In an aged care community, residents can also transition from low care to high care to palliative care without the need to move home.
It is clear to see that retirement villages and aged communities offer very different services. Aged Care communities serve a specific need to provide supported care to those who need daily assistance. Retirement villages are, on the other hand, a lifestyle choice for those approaching or in retirement who want to enjoy life in a secure home, among peers.
Seasons Aged Care is an aged care provider with communities across Queensland, catering to those who need low to high care, while maintaining a sense of independence. If you think this is the right move for you, book an inspection today online or by phone on 1300 732 766.