January 19, 2022
Live Well Club

What’s Trending in Retirement Villages?

The retirement and lifestyle sector is constantly growing and changing. With every new generation entering their 50s, 60s, 70s, and senior years, there are calls for upgraded facilities and technological inclusion. It is an exciting time to be a senior, with your golden years ahead of you and developers looking to make it an enjoyable experience.

So what exactly are these upgrades, you may ask? Here is a look at some of the fantastic ways in which retirement and lifestyle communities will be enhanced.

Mouthwatering Menus
The familiar saying goes: ‘An army marches on its stomach’. This is true for everyone, with dietary nutrition and enjoyment leading to a healthier and happier body. Where retirement options were once considered to have a bland menu they have been experiencing a drastic overhaul, with world-class chefs preparing diverse and delicious meals for residents. There are theme meals that feature recipes from different countries, all of which are full of flavour and are nutritious at the same time.

More Steps In Security & Safety
Falls are an unfortunate fact of life, but thankfully new retirement and lifestyle communities are implementing ways to alert staff when an incident occurs and hence minimise the chance of injury. Fall buttons and sensors are installed in rooms, activated with a touch and instantly alerting a staff member who can then contact emergency services should the need arise.

There are also preventative measures now in production, with a more spacious layout reducing the risk of clutter and protruding furniture. This also makes it easier for those with walking aids or wheelchairs to navigate and yet feel at home and comfortable.

Security is also important. Surveillance cameras, guards, car registration recognition and special-access areas allow residents to live in peace and know that their property will be safe should they venture out on a holiday domestically or abroad.

Physical Activities
A physically active lifestyle is being promoted by most retirement village and resort operators. The connection between activity and wellbeing is very well established and operators are being proactive in promoting this.

Keeping fit requires exercise, but for many of us, motivation can be a real problem. Retirement and lifestyle communities, both already in operation and those in the process of being constructed are including gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, parks, and anything else that will get your blood pumping. Visiting physical instructors are also on the books and all within walking distance of your home.

Of course, you can’t forget the entertainment aspect. Technological inclusions like flatscreen TVs and wi-fi with streaming capabilities make your home feel like a palace, letting you relax in style. A few are starting to provide Virtual Reality facilities as well. If you are more into action, many communities host stage shows, dance nights, and bingo game nights. If they don’t have what you are after, chances are it is nearby. With communities popping up close to city centres, you will never have a dull evening.

It’s not just about what you can do in the retirement and lifestyle community, but what is available in the surrounding area. Encouraging independence and group trips, these communities have shuttle buses to take you to and from the shops, and will even safeguard your home when you feel the need to get out and travel.

Entering a retirement and lifestyle community is only the beginning of the adventure. Be a part of the exciting new initiatives and savour your golden years.

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