Retiring close to home

Retiring close to home

Many Individuals moving toward their retirement years consider independent living to ensure a happy and relaxed lifestyle, especially as these active adult communities have evolved significantly over the last few years.

When you’re elderly, a change of house or living arrangement can often seem like you’re losing grip of your independence. However, as the term proposes, “independent living” is more about making your life easy and stress-free other than giving up your independence.

Other common names for independent living include: Retirement Villages, Retirement homes, congregate care, 55+ or 62+ communities, and Active adult communities, senior apartments or senior housing and Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Cape Town being one of South Africa’s popular tourist destination, with its blue seas, scenic gardens and vineyards, all at the foot of an iconic mountain offering beautiful views – it is the ideal city to find tranquillity and comfort in one’s senior living.

There are a number of Retirement Villages situated in Cape Town’s up-market and leafy Southern Suburbs, and while it is nice to move within the same community keeping everything that is familiar to you, there are many wonderful options on the Atlantic Seaboard, Northern Suburbs and especially in places like Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Paarl that are a mere half hour drive away providing a luxury and cheerful lifestyle in retirement.

Active Aging

To encourage residents to keep fit and healthy, most retirement villages consist of fully equipped Fitness Centres. From heated swimming pools to walking paths along the beach-side for afternoon strolls, residents are motivated to be actively involved. Health-related programs and exercise classes such as yoga, taibo etc. are implemented within most retirement communities to support the residents to stay in shape and maintain good health.

High Quality Care

Although each Retirement Village may differ, quality health care is essentially provided at most, some may comprise of in-house clinics or medical care units. Residents who may require special supervision or after hour care may request private nursing services. Ordinarily, private retirement villages boasting high-class facilities ensure each cottage is equipped with a tele-care unit, allowing residents to confirm their well-being each morning. Likewise, in the event of a medical emergency, a personalised panic button will draw the attention of the call centre which will communicate with the relevant personnel.

Leisure Living

Facilities within retirement homes will keep residents entertained and active. Amenities could possibly include residents’ bar, libraries, TV lounge, snooker room, braai facilities and programmes including live music, bingo etc. These facilities within the village are likely to be available to residents for private or individual functions. With a range of activities that appeal to all lifestyles and to keep residents feeling enthralled. Art, knitting and sculpting classes are some of the fun and exciting ways residents are kept occupied.

Ensured Safety

Retirement Villages offer excellent security, including 24-hour guards, regular internal patrols, monitored electronic fences and remote controlled gated access. The cottages within most retirement homes have installed armed response systems linked to the overall security company and security within the village, therefore providing immediate response in the case of an emergency.

Social Connections

Living in a retirement village provides never-ending opportunities to develop social connections and friendships. The variation of social events plays a huge role in the process of making new friends. With the advent of easy-going games and fun, like movie-nights, yoga lessons, weekly socials etc. seniors will more than likely adapt to one another. Regardless of what type of independent living facility you consider, you will always connect with peers and meet new people- whether it’s the staff or other residents! As one gets older this gradually becomes more important, you can make friends, share a meal, and enjoy special occasions together.

Pam Sorel has been selling property in the Southern Suburbs for almost 30 years and having often dealt with people reaching that time of their lives when they need to leave their well-loved family homes and move to a retirement option, Pam understands the difficulties as well as the emotional wrench and especially that packing up a lifetime of memories is not something to be rushed.