Downsize to Live Bigger

WHEN CHOOSING THE PERFECT RETIREMENT VILLAGE, IT HELPS TO IMAGINE THE LIFESTYLE YOU WANT TO LEAD. THINK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND LOOK FOR RETIREMENT VILLAGES THAT MATCH THOSE NEEDS.

The City of Casey and Cardinia Shire offer a range of affordable options for retired living. Whether you want to enjoy a more active lifestyle, invest in low-maintenance living or feel safe and secure while enjoying a sense of community – you will find the lifestyle solutions for you.

HERE ARE A FEW BENEFITS OF DOWNSIZING TO A RETIREMENT VILLAGE:

ACCESS TO FACILITIES AND SERVICES

Retirement villages are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Most retirement communities come equipped with a wide range of services and facilities you can enjoy. Be it scenic gardens, cozy cafes, swimming pools, gyms and hairdressers, you will have access to all these amenities and more.

The goal is to make your life easier so you don’t have to worry about every little thing. From concierge services to personal care and attention, there is always a helping hand available.

REDUCED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Selling an existing property and downsizing to a new home could provide you with a sizable profit to put towards your retirement. Instead of the regular bills and general upkeep that come with property ownership, your expenses are consolidated and cover all your basic needs and utility costs. This allows you to allocate budgets and make the most of your other spending.

Additionally, the house you move into may be recently built, which means that interiors and appliances will be new. As such, your home will need little to no maintenance. And if something does crop up – a dripping tap or appliance failure ¬– there will be staff to take care of it.

ENJOY A VIBRANT SOCIAL LIFE

Probably the biggest drawcard of retirement living is the ample opportunities to socialise with like-minded people. Enjoy planned brunches, book clubs, fitness groups and activities inside and outside the village.

You can indulge in your favourite activities or cultivate new interests, making new friends along the way.

STAY FIT AND HEALTHY

Retirement communities offer a range of healthcare and fitness options. From personalised attention and training to classes and group activities, you can expect a constant schedule to keep you active (if you so choose). A good retirement village is well-equipped to provide quality care, which means you’ll be in safe hands. There are support staff and health care teams to address any concerns you may have with your wellness.

Rest assured that you’ll remain in control of your own fitness journey. Retirement is all about creating a lifestyle that you love.

 

FEEL SAFE AND SECURE

Retirement villages have gated communities that offer security features like CCTV cameras, sensor lighting, security guards, alarms and staff available 24/7 to assist you. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you are safe and secure.

Even if you want to head out or go visit family, your home will be safe and (in most cases) your garden tended to.

While moving can be physically and emotionally taxing, the beauty of living in a retirement village is that you are part of a community of like-minded people. You won’t have any trouble fitting in. You can be as involved as you would like to be, whether attending events or volunteering; or you can enjoy a quieter pace of life – the choice is yours.

To help inform your options, Casey Cardinia Family Magazine have recommended a few of the best local retirement villages on the following pages.

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