If you're reading this, you're at a point somewhere along a one to three year journey of conflicting thoughts and emotions. At the end, you'll decide whether you're ready to move into a retirement community.
- Sometimes a trigger event can speed up the need for a decision to be made.
- Maybe your home is getting too big to manage.
- Maybe you or your partner are experiencing health complications.
- Perhaps you're finding the burden of home responsibility overwhelming.
- Or it could be you need a safe environment with access to emergency care.
Whatever your reason, the obstacle that often gets in the way is fear. Fear of moving away from family, fear of lost independence, fear of losing touch with who you are and simply becoming another 'number'.
Would you like to see Ocean Gardens for yourself?
The decision making process
Studies back up the emotional investment that goes into the decision to make the move to village life. However, we know that the vast majority (89%) take less than three years considering it. What’s more, more than half of residents (51%) spent less than a year. And when you consider that many of our residents wish they had made the move sooner, it’s clear that arming yourself with the right knowledge is key.
Can I afford it?
You many think the City Beach lifestyle is out of reach, but at Ocean Gardens, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of accommodation options, from $345,000 apartments to $1.15 million luxury two bedroom apartments with ocean views. It’s just another reason why our community is so diverse, welcoming and refreshing.
The benefits of making the move
Our residents are living proof of all there is to gain through village life - but the statistics back it up too. Recent research points to a significant positive impact as a result of moving into a village residence.
66% - improved feeling of confidence and security
45% - improved social life
46% - maintained social life
36% - improved mental wellbeing
24% - improved physical health*
*The McCrindle Baynes Village Census Report 2013-2014.
Perhaps the most exciting take here is that a huge 91% of residents experience the same or higher level of social life after their move. With other studies showing social interaction is the leading influencer behind living longer, happier lives, the benefits of village life are truly exciting, particularly in a world where traditional community interaction is on the decline.