Posted on: 25 April, 2019

Is an Extra Care retirement development right for you?

Retirement developments can be a great option for those who are looking to enter into assisted living, but wish to retain their independence and social lifestyle.

Retirement developments can be a great option for those who are looking to enter into assisted living, but wish to retain their independence and social lifestyle. Available for retirees over the age of 55, Extra Care retirement developments allow residents to go about their usual daily activities and embark on their favourite hobbies, whilst staying in control of the amount of care that they require. This option can serve as peace of mind for residents, resting in the knowledge that round-the-clock care is on their doorstep if and when needed. Similarly, their favourite daily activities are also only a short distance away – with many social amenities and public transport options available on-site.


Sense of community

If you’re looking to restore the sense of community that comes with living amongst like-minded people, then an Extra Care retirement development/village could be the place for you. You’ll be living beside residents who are at a similar stage of life – providing the ideal opportunity to make new friends, and ultimately contributing to a positive mental health.


Alleviating your responsibilities

If you’re getting to a stage of life where dealing with house maintenance is becoming an issue, you may consider downsizing to a property that will deal with all of these for you. This will also prompt you to have a good de-clutter of your belongings before moving to a more realistic sized property.


Having on-site care also means that you’ll no longer have to worry about receiving sufficient health care, taking a large amount of stress away from both you and your family. Retirement developments differ from care homes in that you’re in total control of the care you receive – but it’s always available on-site, should you need it.


Retirement developments are ideal for those who would still like to rent or buy their own property, but be relieved of the maintenance that comes with it. This means that residents will retain their sense of independence, whilst enjoying all of the best bits that come with having their own place to call home.


Health and wellbeing

Those with limited mobility, but still wishing to live a healthy and active lifestyle may benefit from the many health and wellbeing programmes that Extra Care retirement developments offer. Whether that’s a tailored dietary plan or gentle yoga classes, there are plenty of options on offer to suit a variety of needs and preferences.


Unlike care homes, Extra Care retirement development residents are less dependent on carers – making this, perhaps, a less suitable option for retirees who need 24/7 care. However, many retirement developments offer additional care packages or paid assistance if needed.


How do you want your later years to look?

If you’re envisioning your golden years as highly social and spending time with friends, a retirement development may be the best option for you.


There are many financial, emotional and social implications of moving to a retirement development that should be considered carefully before making the decision to move.

If you’re fortunate enough to know someone who already lives in an Extra Care retirement development, take some time to talk to them about what it’s really like; you’ll gain real insight into the daily life of a resident, and this will, nevertheless, help you in making your decision.

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