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Where to Look

In terms of general information on retirement villages, there is very little available.

There is a short article at the Retirement Expert websitewhich will give you a quick introduction, especially concerning the advantages and disadvantages of retirement villages. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has produced an report entitled 'Making the Case for Retirement Villages' and you can view it by clicking here. The report states that, 'The evidence to date indicates that retirement villages have great potential to address policy objectives of promoting independence, choice and quality of life for older people', so it's worth a read if you are considering moving to a retirement village.

There is a directory of retirement accommodation at the House Care website. This includes some retirement village housing but also includes different types of accommodation. There is no general information on retirement villages but individual accommodation is listed and when you click on it, it gives all the relevant details about it. This includes distances to bus stops and town centres etc as well as details of the properties themselves.

Other than that, it's a case of looking at individual organisations and seeing what they are offering. We must always remember, of course, that they are trying to sell their properties so whatever we read we must be prepared to back it up by going to see the village in question if we think we might be interested in it. Nevertheless, reading what these companies have to say will give us a feel for what's available and if it's likely to appeal to us

The website that is mentioned on the What Are They? page of the Guide, (Retirement Villages) will give you a very good feel for what's available. Click on 'Our Villages' and then 'Current Villages', and you'll see a pictorial list of them. Just click on each one in turn to view them. They currently have 14 villages in different regions of the country.

Have a look, too, at on Retirement Villages and then on the four individual villages that are shown on the page. It will give you a good idea about what can be available in retirement villages.

Richmond Villages have several villages and within each village there are apartments that provide both what they call 'independent living' and 'assisted living'. Click on both the general information pages and those for the individual villages and, again, you will get a good idea of what's involved in retirement villages.

For a slightly different type of accommodation, you might like to look at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, which has been providing accommodation for older people for many years. They specialise in 'Sheltered Housing, which they define as 'Housing schemes  aimed at older people who want to live independently in their own self-contained homes but in a socially supportive environment.' So, whilst there are definite similarities to retirement villages they provide for people who do need some support.

Guide to Retirement Villages links

On a slightly different tack, you might like to look at Retirement Home Search. If you want to buy a retirement home, they have an extensive nationwide portfolio of over 2,000 properties, offering a  choice of new and pre-owned retirement apartments, cottages and bungalows in secure, purpose-built schemes designed and constructed by the UK’s leading housebuilders and overseen by Peverel Retirement - the Country’s top managing agent.

The number of retirement villages is growing all the time, as they become more popular. Before you make any decision make sure that you do your homework thoroughly, talk it over with your friends and family and make sure that you are making the right decision. It's one of the most important decisions that you'll make in retirement, so it has to be a good one.

One of the things to do to help you make the right decision is read the rest of the Guide. Click on the links in the box to see much more information about Retirement Villages.

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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