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Top tips for choosing where you should retire

Now that you’re retired and the children have left the nest, it’s time to consider how you can best enjoy twilight years.

For many, the retirement village life has become an attractive option. But what should you consider before making the investment?

The basics

If you’ve decided to part with your longstanding family home to find a smaller place to grow old in, you might want to consider the “non-negotiables”. Does your new home allow pets? Are the bathrooms suitable for wheelchair users and people with disabilities? Are there stairs that may become tricky to navigate? Make an appointment to view the various homes available to you.

The budget

You’re bound to be plagued with a series of important questions about the costs associated with the lifestyle you’re considering. Sit down with a consultant to discuss the purchase models available to you to access your affordability as well as your long-term security.

Remember to factor in levies when looking at your new home, and consider that your financial situation could change in the future.

A sense of belonging

Living a full life starts with feeling connected. A vibrant retirement village would encourage a culture of friendship with an offering of special events, social clubs and entertainment lounges as well as resort-style facilities and amenities available for residents to enjoy.

To get an idea of what the lifestyle is like, consider talking to some of the village residents about their experiences before you buy in.

Feeling safe and secure

Whether you’re buying into the lock-up-and-go lifestyle or just want peace of mind, knowing that you’re completely secure is essential. Your ideal retirement village should prioritise the safety of residents by ensuring that security and emergency measures are in place.

Look for CCTV cameras, electrified fences, manned security rooms and regular patrols – and ensure that your village is access-controlled.

Professional and compassionate care

Let’s face it, growing old comes with health complications. That’s why it’s important for a retirement village to place emphasis on dignified health care solutions that are designed with the needs of aging residents in mind. Whether it’s a requirement for assisted living or home-based care, be sure to check the standard of nursing care available to you.

The Evergreen Lifestyle Villages in the Western Cape – in Bergvliet, Lake Michelle, Diep River and Muizenburg – all subscribe to the same management principles that have been internationally awarded, including Best Retirement Development in South Africa and Africa.

Discover the joys of village life – revive your social life and savour the finer things in life in a close-knit community of like-minded individuals, and live out your days with the assurance of top-notch health care and security. Visit www.evergreenlifestyle.co.za to view their offerings, and learn more about retirement living.


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