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Retirement Villages Sydney: All You Need to Know

Retirement villages: answers to the most frequently asked questions

Retirement villages are buildings where a community of seniors lives in independent living units and shares common facilities.

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions with regard to retirement villages

1 # What is a Retirement village?

A retirement village is a community of houses and facilities designed for people over 55 who are active enough to live independently in their own homes.

Residents of retired villages benefit from extra security, a community environment and additional functions such as community facilities and customizable services.

2 # Can someone live in a retirement village?

Everyone who is 55 or older can live in a retirement village, whether you are retired or still working part-time.

3 # How do pension villages work?

Retirement villages in Australia can be privately owned, not for profitable purposes or listed companies. Each state has its own Retirement Villages Act for the operation of villages in that state.

4 # What is the difference between a retirement place and elderly care?

A retirement village is designed for people over 55 who can live independently in their own home while enjoying the shared facilities and benefits of village life.

On the other hand, residents who live in residential care facilities (including nursing homes) need a level or daily care for their health and safety. Access to government-financed care for the elderly is based on an assessment by government-designated care for the elderly (ACAT).

5 # Which retirement village should I choose?

Choose a pension village that offers you the chance to enjoy your pension the way you want. If you want to spend your retirement golf, look for a retirement village close to your golf course. If you want to spend it close to your family, make it your priority. Find a retirement village in your area.

6 # Can visitors stay with a retirement village?

The retirement village is your home, so friends and family can stay with you. Of course, other residents appreciate the fact that they know who their neighbours are, so for a longer stay, residents must talk to their village manager and let them know who is staying and how long. For example, if your visitor stays longer than 30 days, this must be discussed with the village manager.

7 # Can I visit a retirement village before selection?

Most of the retirement village always welcome to visit their villages at any time. If you want to get to know village life better, you can visit our Cotswolds Village. You can, therefore, become familiar with the facilities offered. Ask our village managers for more information.

8 # Do I have the ownership of my retirement home or apartment?

It is important to understand that when you buy an accommodation in a retirement village. Generally, sellers own the land and houses. The “right to stay” in the house based on a lease or license is then sold to a resident. Some villages where a resident owns a property, purple or strata title about the house. However, the options available vary from village to village. So, the best way to ask the sales manager in the village you are considering moving to.

9 # How much does it cost to live in a retirement village?

The cost of living in a retirement location varies depending on the contract you choose and the size of the house in which you want to live. In addition to the price of your house, there are also various costs associated with living in a retirement home. The most important costs to be considered are service costs, formation costs and management costs. When and how you pay for this depends on the contract you choose. You also need to think about further costs to take into account include legal costs, repair costs, selling costs, GST and stamp duties.

10 # Do I purchase or lease the property of my pension village?

After buying accommodation in a retirement village, you usually own the land and the houses. The “right to stay” in the house based on a lease or license is then sold to you, as the resident. There are also some villages where a resident owns a property. However, it varies from village to village. For further information, the simplest way to ask for their information desk.

11 # Can I be forced to leave the village?

Although it is possible under the Retirement Village Act, it is not a light-hearted decision. Sometimes the circumstances change and it is no longer the best option for someone to live in a village, especially because the ability to live independently is a fundamental requirement. Any situation such as this would involve the resident, their family and their doctor as appropriate.

12 # What types of transport services are available?

Most retirement villages are close to public transport, medical facilities and shopping centres. Most villages have a minibus with a busy weekly selection of social trips and shopping trips.

13 # Can I take my pet to a retirement village?

Small to medium-sized pets are usually welcome in retirement villages. However, in some cases, pets are not allowed. Therefore,  it is better to contact the village where you want to move before making decisions.

14 # How can I get emergency assistance?

Retirement villages have an emergency call system. The system also offers residents direct connectivity with operators who can discuss a problem or take action to send help.

15 # What kind of houses are available at Retirement Villages?

In Retirement Villages you can choose from different house styles. These vary from village to village but generally consist of apartments, detached or semi-detached houses and independent apartments.

Apartments and houses can consist of one, two or three bedrooms. And,  service apartments are often one-bedroom units. These are available for those who want to enjoy the village life but need a helping hand with meals, laundry and cleaning.

16 # Can I change my house?

It is possible. There may only be variations or changes approved by the retirement village manager to comply with all relevant standards and regulations.

17 # What happens if I have a problem or complaint?

As a resident, you can talk to the village manager. Most villages also have a residents’ committee that works on behalf of the residents. There are also dispute resolution and complaint handling through the relevant national regulatory.

18 # Who are the Best Retirement Villages in Sydney?

In The Cotswolds Village, retirement is a celebration for everything you’ve achieved. It is, therefore, an opportunity to enjoy the joys that arise when work is no longer in the way. Designed for ultimate relaxation and comfort, The Cotswolds offers three unique accommodation alternatives in award-winning landscaped gardens.

Visit and explore life in The Cotswolds Village. Attentive staff and dynamic community are looking forward to meeting you.

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