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How to choose a retirement village


How to choose a retirement village

Retirement is a significant milestone in life, and choosing the right retirement village is crucial for a fulfilling and comfortable lifestyle. With numerous retirement villages available in the UK, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice. We aim to guide you through the process of selecting a retirement village that suits your needs and preferences.

A. Determine your needs and lifestyle

Before searching for a retirement village, it is essential to understand your needs and lifestyle preferences. Consider factors such as location, proximity to family and friends, amenities, social activities and access to healthcare services. Determine whether you prefer an urban or rural setting and whether you want to be close to amenities such as shops, restaurants and cultural attractions.

B. Research retirement village options

Once you have a clear understanding of your needs, start researching retirement village options. Utilise online resources, brochures and recommendations from friends or family who may have experience with retirement villages. Make a list of potential villages that align with your preferences and requirements.

C. Visit and evaluate retirement villages

Visiting potential retirement villages is crucial to get firsthand experience of living in that community. Schedule visits to the shortlisted villages and take note of the following aspects:

a. Location and surroundings: Assess the village's proximity to essential services, transportation links and recreational facilities. Consider the surrounding environment and whether it aligns with your preferences.

b. Accommodation options: Explore the range of accommodation options available, such as apartments, cottages or bungalows. Consider the size, layout and accessibility features of the apartments/buildings.

c. Amenities and facilities: Evaluate the amenities and facilities offered within the retirement village. Look for features like resident lounges, planned activities, fitness centres, swimming pools, libraries and gardens. Consider whether these amenities cater to your interests and hobbies.

d. Healthcare services: Assess the availability and quality of the care and support services within the retirement village. Consider the presence of medical help, emergency response systems and access to hospitals or clinics.

e. Social activities and community engagement: Ask about the social activities and community engagement programmes offered by the retirement village. Look for opportunities to socialise, participate in hobbies and engage in recreational activities.

D. Consider financial aspects

Financial considerations play a significant role in choosing a retirement village. Evaluate the costs associated with accommodation, maintenance fees and any additional services or charges. Understand the payment structure, whether it is a one-time purchase, rental, or a combination of both. Consider your budget and ensure that the retirement village is financially sustainable in the long term.

Choosing a retirement village requires careful consideration of various factors. Selecting the right retirement village is essential for a fulfilling and enjoyable retirement lifestyle. Take your time, ask questions and prioritise your preferences to find the perfect retirement village that suits your needs and aspirations.

How we can support

Different styles of retirement homes

We offer different styles of retirement homes, from picturesque country villages to luxurious modern developments in Bristol and North Somerset, to fulfil different needs and lifestyle preferences. The Chocolate Quarter is right next to the heart of Keynsham, a charming market town situated between Bristol and Bath with plenty of amenities. It offers luxury retirement living in a completely refurbished iconic buildings. This is retirement living at its finest with both town and country within easy reach.

Sandford Station is a rural retirement village set in extensive grounds right on the edge of the village of Sandford, this distinctive countryside community offers a special combination of stylish purpose-built accommodation, beautiful scenery and superb facilities.

Westbury Fields is located in the suburbs of north Bristol less than a mile away from Westbury-on-Trym. Shops, restaurants, cafés, a library and other amenities are within walking distance whilst nearby transport links offer quick routes to the centre of Bristol and beyond. Everything you need is close to hand.

Monica Wills House is an urban retirement community, set in the heart of south Bristol. It has stunning roof gardens with breath-taking views. It is ideally positioned to enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban living from the eclectic local area to the historic harbourside running through the centre of Bristol.

Cote Lane overlooks the beautiful and unspoilt trees and grasslands of Durdham Downs in Bristol and offers a calm haven away from city life. The beautifully landscaped gardens at Cote Lane are a joy to explore. Close to Cote Lane, the village suburbs of Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym each have an excellent selection of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Provide comprehensive information and support

To help you get an understanding of our retirement villages, our website offers a wealth of comprehensive information, including access to brochures, videos, details on fees, site maps and more. Our dedicated sales team is readily available to provide complete support and can be reached for any inquiries. For further information, please explore our retirement villages page. To schedule a tour, arrange a viewing or simply to learn more, please contact us at 0117 919 4257.

For a comprehensive guide to the St Monica Trust's retirement villages, including fees, how to purchase, village tours, FAQs and more, please visit here.

Village tour

At our villages, we understand that the surrounding environment and facilities play a crucial role in your decision-making process. That's why we offer tours that showcase not only our apartments but also the village’s facilities, amenities, restaurants, and more. During tours, our knowledgeable sales co-ordinators will provide detailed information about the village, apartments and facilities. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to engage with our residents and gain valuable insight into their lives within our vibrant communities. Call our team at 0117 919 4257 to book a tour. For more information, please visit here.

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