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Retirement Villages UkBy Expert Author: Aaron jace
Retirement villages are an emerging phenomenon in the UK for senior citizens who prefer to enjoy independence, privacy and dignity while staying free from chores, maintenance and ownership, etc. This concept is gaining huge popularity globally, as population demographics are becoming increasingly skewed in favor of the older segment.
The retirement village is essentially a gated community that offers a wide range of living options. These include cottages, row-houses, apartments, and shared accommodation etc. allowing people to select what matches their life T style/preferences. It may also have certain common/shared amenities like community-rooms, swimming-pools, gyms, leisure/entertainment centers, spas, golf, etc. Residents live in their independent areas sharing the common facilities. The village is usually managed/administered by a professional agency which takes care of all aspects regarding village-management.
Additional features include in-house medical emergency services/nursing-care, house-help, cleaning staff for the grounds/interiors, transport, arranging shopping/tour/picnics/trips, meals, laundry, personal care/assistance, beauty salon, spas, etc.
Points to keep in mind before signing up for the retirement village option:
Legal aspects: Ownership issues should be clarified. Would it be an outright purchase, freehold, lease, occupancy, rental, share-holding or other kind of right that you have in the property? You may have to sign residence contracts or rules of residence that you should abide by. The exact costs should also be ascertained. Some firms charge an entry and departure fee apart from monthly maintenance and expenses. Recurrent charges for utilities, payment to staff and for administration may be variable and increase over time. Include your spouse/companion/partner in all these aspects as an equal share-holder so that there are no issues after one of you passes on. Get a clear picture of all rights/responsibilities.
Health-care/Emergencies: Get a clear understanding of facilities offered in case of medical emergencies. Is there trained, in-house medical staff? Are full-time nursing-care options available in case you need them in the future? Who will take medical decisions on your behalf? Are the safety/security features adequate to protect you, your loved ones and your property?
Staff: What kind of background checks are done on the staff? Do they have the required training and experience? Are they helpful, understanding, patient, trustworthy and reliable?
Fellow Residents: It's crucial to select a retirement village that closely matches your existing life-style in terms of people and facilities. Since this is probably the last move you'll make, it needs to be perfect in terms of sharing it with like-minded people in similar financial, emotional, cultural and social circumstances to yours.
Leisure: Many seniors now opt quite early for the retirement Cottages berkshire as the “Aging in Place” concept gains popularity. This means that many residents are in their late 50s and though they don't work full-time, they still have the energy and enthusiasm for life. Opting for retirement villages in the UK close to golfing, riding, sports/entertainment centers, shopping malls, beauty salons, gyms, spas, arts and culture, access to literary and music events, travel and hobbies can enhance and enrich the lives of residents in retirement villages.
If you are looking for specially designed cottages for those people who generally need care, staying healthier and for great enjoyment after their retirement then visit our website www.lynwoodvillage.co.uk.
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