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The pros and cons of retirement villages

More New Zealanders are choosing to live in retirement villages, drawn by benefits such as companionship, security, and healthcare.

Are you considering this living option in retirement? As with every significant decision, there are pros, cons, and plenty of things to consider.

Pros of living in a retirement village

Here are some of the most common benefits of living in a retirement village in New Zealand.

  • Onsite facilities. Such as communal lounges, dining areas, a library, craft rooms, a gym, and swimming pools. All villages offer different facilities, so please check with the sales manager.
  • Services. Such as housekeeping, laundry, meals, hair & beauty services, and the use of a village van.
  • Healthcare. Examples of staff and contracted health practitioners include registered nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists. Healthcare services at villages vary widely, so it’s important to research this carefully.
  • Continuum of care. There are usually clear healthcare pathways available if you need them. For example, if you need to move into a care home or receive some medical support within your own home.
  • Community spirit. Most villages coordinate social activities, such as group outings, quiz nights, and hobby groups.
  • On-site security. Most villages have good onsite security, such as monitored cameras or onsite security guards
  • Low-maintenance. Enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle, free from the stress of ongoing home and property upkeep.
  • Emergency first responders. Most retirement villages have emergency call buttons in every home and common area, which are monitored by trained first responders.

Please note: All retirement villages are different. Most villages have the below features in common, but it’s important to visit villages in-person to find out more about their unique benefits. Please use our search tool to make contact with villages of interest or to request an information pack.

Cons of living in a retirement village

Here are some possible challenges of retirement village living.

  • Cost. Most retirement villages require an upfront capital investment, which may not be suited to all budgets.
  • Location. You may need to move suburbs, towns or even cities.
  • Waiting lists. There may be awaiting list for in-demand villages or a particular type of home within the village
  • Close proximity to neighbours may not suit all personality types.
  • Storage. You may need to consider storage solutions if you have a lot of furniture.

Many retirement village operators understand the challenges associated with moving and strive to make this process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.

Choosing where to live during retirement

Deciding where to live in retirement is a big decision. Our ‘Choosing where to live during retirement’ booklet can help you with the decision-making process.

Featuring checklists, tips, and insights, this booklet covers topics such as:

  • Your ideal retirement lifestyle
  • Types of retirement accommodation
  • Facilities, support services, and healthcare in retirement villages
  • Choosing a retirement location
  • Retirement budgeting tools & resources

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