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What are the different kinds of retirement property?

December 18, 2019

There are now 705 million people on the planet who are over 65. With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that a variety of different forms of retirement property have taken shape over the years.

Here are some of the key types of retirement properties that you can find here in the UK and some of their distinctive features.

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is a form of accommodation which allows elderly residents to live independently. It usually takes the form of self-contained flats and, unlike many conventional blocks of flats, features an array of different communal facilities for residents to enjoy. This could be something simple like a large social room or, in more luxurious spaces, perhaps a spa or pool.

While flats are the norm for sheltered housing, there are some complexes which have bungalows available.

All sheltered housing sites will be run by a warden or scheme manager who will be on hand to help with day-to-day issues and emergencies alike.

Retirement villages

Similar in concept to sheltered housing, retirement villages take that community feel and expand upon it. In terms of the properties on offer, retirement villages will usually feature a mixture of houses, bungalows and apartments, arranged with more space amongst a variety of private amenities. These amenities can include anything from doctors’ surgeries to pubs.

Assisted living facilities

Assisted living facilities try to strike a closer balance between independence and care, but still retain the apartment community feel of a retirement village. In these facilities, there tends to be care staff or designated nurses who will be on site 24 hours a day, meaning that, if residents require it, help will be at hand.

 In addition to this, assisted living facilities will be fitted with more rigorous safety systems, including fire alarm systems which are monitored constantly – particularly useful for residents with mobility issues.

Care homes

 Given the extensive, around-the-clock care which residents require in care homes, such as physical or speech therapy and respiratory care services, these communities usually exist in a single building, and feel more institutional as a result. Care homes also tend to put more emphasis on the facilities and equipment which makes this kind of care possible.

  • If you have a care home development project coming up, Aedifice Partnership can help. We have a wealth of experience managing new care home and retirement village construction projects throughout the UK, offering invaluable advice and insights to our clients. For more information about our services, visit www.aedifice.co.ukor call 0800 151 0234.

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