Retirement villages are designed for people over the age of 55 who have retired from full time employment, offering an alternative housing and lifestyle option. They are popular with people who are looking for security, support or company, but want to maintain their independence.
There are many different styles of retirement villages - sometimes also called lifestyle resorts, supported living communities, residential parks or over 55 lifestyle villages. Coming in all shapes and sizes, villages offer a range of accommodation options, including independent living units, serviced apartments, rental units and even transportable homes.
Some villages can provide additional supports so residents can continue living in the retirement community even if their care needs increase. Others may offer aged care accommodation in the same location for those that need a higher level of care in the future.