Village retirement communities are clustered housing developments, similar to other planned residential communities, specifically designed for and restricted to seniors over 55 years of age. Communities can be set up in one of two ways.
Some village retirement communities resemble apartment complexes with multiple buildings and shared community areas. Other communities are built with stand-alone homes, but also with shared common spaces. Residents have complete freedom and can come and go as they please, with no supervision or restrictions.
Who Lives in Village Retirement Communities?
Seniors living in village retirement communities do not have any serious or chronic illnesses that need frequent medical attention. Medical staff is not available should a resident fall ill or require emergency care, so only seniors in good health should consider this living option.
Seniors who are attracted to village-style retirement living want to continue to live an independent lifestyle, but also take advantage of all the services that can be offered in the retirement community that they may not be able to get in a private, single-family residence.
What Services & Amenities Are Offered?
Village retirement communities are designed to accommodate the unique lifestyle needs of retired seniors. While services will vary from community to community, most village retirement communities typically offer the following:
- Linen service
- Restaurant-style meals
- On-site concierge
- Private transportation
- Resident clubhouse
- Exercise classes
- Trips to local destinations
Additionally, many village retirement communities are located near local amenities such as golf courses, shopping centers, restaurants and medical centers, so residents have everything they need to enjoy an active retirement within just a few miles.
What are the Benefits of Village Retirement Living?
One major advantage of village retirement communities is the freedom they afford to residents. Seniors have their own private apartments or homes, but do not have to manage the upkeep themselves, reducing the stress and strain on their lives.
Village retirement communities also offer residents are greater sense of safety. With a senior-only living situation, residents don't have to worry about troublesome neighbors or younger people interfering with them or putting them in harm's way. Seniors can hand over the chores of everyday life to the housekeeping staff and simply enjoy their golden years.
Find Village Retirement Communities
For independent seniors seeking to retire in the company of like-minded people, village retirement communities would be an excellent option to consider. Our comprehensive national directory can help you Find Retirement Communities that are right for you.
Written by senior housing staff writer.