Retirement Living vs. Aged Care – what’s the difference?
In a nutshell.
- Retirement Villages are a different product to Aged Care facilities
- Retirement Villages can only be accessed by people fully capable of living independently
- Aged care is a separate industry that helps support elderly people with high care needs
- To enter a Retirement Village you’ll usually be asked to pass an independence test to assess your suitability
- Retirement Villages do not provide ongoing care as part of their offering
When people are starting to explore their retirement options it’s fairly common for them to mix up Retirement Living with Aged Care. It usually leads to a response of “I’m not ready for an old people’s home!”, to which our answer is, “Great, because we aren’t one!” Looking for more info? Here’s an article on what you can expect from Retirement Living. There are a number of very important distinctions to be made between our two industries, such as:
Independent Living vs. Assisted Living.
Retirement Communities are for over 55’s who have a lot of life to live. While all St Ives Retirement Villages come with 24 hour emergency call buttons in all homes and common areas for your peace of mind, most Retirement Communities won’t offer care or support as part of Village life. Of course, if you need an extra pair of hands in the home, you’re more than welcome to organise it, and we have partnerships with some great providers to help you get a great deal, but on the whole you’ll be left to live life your way. Hear our residents explain their reasons for moving in to a St Ives Retirement Community.
Choice vs. Support.
From the moment you wake, till the second you hit the hay, what you choose to get up to is entirely up to you. Of course, all our Retirement Villages come with plenty of activities and social groups to keep you occupied if you like but the choice to join in is yours to make. Most of our residents think nothing of locking the doors and heading to warmer climes for most of winter! In contrast, aged care homes provide support services that help you throughout the day, usually catered to your individual needs. Most residents live an active social life – you can read about some of their experiences here.
Your home vs. A home.
When you move into a retirement community your home is yours. You can invite family and friends to stay, decorate the place the way you please and generally treat it as you would any home. There are many different sizes of home to suit your tastes and budget, from freestanding two-storey villas to spacious apartments, with the only thing you share the amenities the Village provides, such as the swimming pool and Clubhouses – you are not purchasing a room within a facility as you may do with aged care. Interested to explore some of our homes? Why not give us a call.
Security vs. Care.
One of the best features of a Retirement Community is the increased security you’ll enjoy. This comes not just from the fenced communities, but the people within them – all like-minded people of a similar age who have your back. All our homes and common areas come with 24 hour emergency call buttons for peace of mind, however you won’t have a schedule of care or staff constantly checking on you as you would in aged care.