Relocation to a retirement village: Who considers relocation and what are people looking for?

Dimity CRISP, Peter Butterworth, Kaarin Anstey, Tim Windsor

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Many older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. However, this is not always possible. A growing number of people are deciding to relocate to retirement villages which offer independent living in close proximity to facilities and support services (Stimson & McGovern, 2002; Stimson & McCrea, 2004). There are more than 1,750 retirement villages operating in Australia, mainly catering for adults aged 55 years and over in a combination of independent living units, serviced apartments, and nursing home care (Stimson & McGovern, 2002). Demand is expected to increase, with an extra 65,000 residences expected to be required over the next 15 years (McMullen & Sam, 2008). Retirement villages have many benefits. They offer security, independence and communality to cater for the needs of residents, and often have recreational facilities. Many retirement villages offer a contingency for continuing care into the future through the incorporation of formal living assistance facilities on site. Therefore, resident-funded retirement villages allow home owners to obtain manageable housing with the social and physical supports that means they can age-inplace for longer, and enter residential care later than people in the wider community.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherDepartment of Health and Ageing
Commissioning bodyNational Seniors Productive Ageing Centre
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780987459831
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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