I’m Researching On Behalf Of My Parents
The first thing to be absolutely clear on is whether you are researching the right style of living for your parent/s. St Ives offers retirement living, which means independent living for people aged 60+ in a community of like-minded people. Our residents do not receive ongoing care as part of their contract (however they can easily access external home care providers if needed), and are required to pass a test to ensure they can live independently before moving in. If you are doing research because your parent/s are showing signs of needing specialist care, you may need to research aged care homes instead. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a place where your parent/s can simply be safe, happy and healthy, then retirement living could be a great place to start.
What can retirement living offer your parent/s?
Companionship and community.
One of the biggest benefits of retirement living is simply being surrounded by like-minded people who can offer friendship and companionship. Growing older can be lonely, and modern living seems to isolate us even more as people withdraw further into our homes and know their neighbours less and less. In a village, your parent/s will have the opportunity to engage in a number of social activities, meet people and make friends. Even if that doesn’t appeal to them, just having the option available can be enough to alleviate loneliness.
Safety and security.
All St Ives villages are in walled estates, most with gates which are locked after hours and swipe access to the amenities and homes. Most villages are staffed and all are monitored by external security agencies. All come with 24 hour emergency assistance in the amenities and homes, which is linked directly to emergency services. Your parent/s will also be surrounded by a community of like-minded people, so you can rest easy knowing that they have an in-built community watch at all hours.
Health and wellbeing.
Many factors contribute to a person’s health and wellbeing – particularly as we get older. All the usual suspects like healthy eating and exercise play a huge part, but intangible things like social connection, community access and security can also have a massive impact on overall health. With easy access to a huge range of social opportunities, less stress from a carefree lifestyle and no worry about maintenance, your parent/s could find themselves feeling more energetic and generally happier. Oh, and there is a growing body of research showing that retirement living can hep you live longer!
What can retirement living offer you?
In a phrase: Peace of mind. Life may have taken you away from your parent/s but it doesn’t mean you have to spend your time worrying about them. In retirement living you’ll know they are safe and secure, surrounded by people who are looking out for them and have easy access to physical and mental stimulation simply by walking out of their door.
How much does retirement living cost?
How can I best approach the idea with my parent/s?
Have a read of this article on the best way to approach the idea.