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Five Benefits of Living in a Retirement Community


Getting older is  one thing in life we can’t change, and this gradual change in our bodies can lead to a range of noticeable differences in our memory, movement, the way we look and also our immune system. Though many of these changes won’t initially be a cause for concern, as they deplete further they can lead to issues like lack of mobility, unstable mobility, alzheimers, dementia and further risk of infection.

With these in mind, many families make the difficult decision to send their loved one to a form of retirement facility like a care home, nursing home or perhaps a retirement village. These forms of assisted living can help lessen the emotional and physical burden that the family may feel, as well as provide a nourishing, social environment with expert care for the elderly.

As a leading retirement village firm with communities based across the country, we decided to detail the five benefits of how living in a retirement village can suit both your loved one’s needs and yours.

What is a retirement village?

A retirement village is a unique concept where a hub of properties are designed and built exclusively for the older generation in close proximity to one another with shops, restaurants, cafes, launderettes and other amenities within the grounds. These individual apartments are fully equipped with stylish furniture, appliances and mobility aids, creating a comfortable space where your loved one can relax, socialise and go about their day to day life with ease.

Unlike nursing homes and care homes, your loved one can have the comfort of their own private space that is truly theirs, but with additional support on hand if any issues do occur. Below are five reasons why you and your family should consider a retirement village over other assisted living options.

Retirement communities improve emotional wellbeing

More and more people are becoming aware of mental health problems in the UK and how common they are amongst the population. Though often the media tends to focus on mental health in the younger generation, the older generation is not excluded. According to statistics by the NHS, depression affects 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 and over, and older people are more susceptible to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Though it varies between each individual as to what the root cause of these issues are, they can be exacerbated by mobility issues, uncertainty about falls, families moving away, friends and partners passing away and a range of other issues.

It can be emotionally difficult to think that your elderly family member is in some way suffering, which is why many family members seek ways their loved ones can become part of a community again and boost their social interaction. A comfortable and high-quality retirement facility can do just that. As mentioned above, retirement villages are designed with community ethics at its centre, with a range of activities, excursions, groups, coffee shops and restaurants located in the village. This will allow your family member to socialise during meal times, make new friends, go on coffee dates and converse with likeminded people on a daily basis.

What’s more, if your elderly loved one has become reclusive due to anxiety and worrying about their mobility, in a retirement village they have more support than they would have at home. For instance, you can easily contact a professional staff member who can assist you quickly at any time.

Retirement communities don’t just benefit the wellbeing of your elderly loved ones; they can also help alleviate any worries or concerns that you may have too. Many partners and family members become carers which can, at times, also lead to the decrease in their mental health too due to the stress. A retirement community can give you much-needed peace of mind, allowing you to focus on other parts of your life and help you to maintain a good relationship with your loved one.

Offers independent living

Moving to a care home can be quite a big change, especially if your loved one prides themselves on being independent and capable; for instance, they may have a routine of baking a fresh cake every week or love cooking their own dinner every night, or love being able to watch whatever TV show they want. These little things can really affect the wellbeing of a person and can be compromised once they move into an assisted living facility like a nursing home or care home.

A unique feature that retirement villages offer is the chance for your loved one to live independently. In nursing homes and care homes, your loved one has their own private room and can also enjoy shared communal spaces. However, in retirement living facilities, your loved one would have the luxury of their own entire home with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living area, meaning that they can cook whatever they want when they want, they can watch the TV channels they like and go about their day how they please in their own privacy.

Retirement villages are a great option for elderly couples, where perhaps one of their mobilities is depleting or perhaps they anticipate this to happen in the future. The apartments allow you to live together in peace but with extra security if something bad were to happen.

If you do want to be close to your loved one, at Retirement Security we have villages all over the country, meaning that you can choose a village within close proximity to where you live. This is a great option if your loved one lives far away as, through a retirement village, they can ease into a new community and make new friends easily.

More affordable than full-time care

For some families, full-time care is not a viable option as it can be very expensive, especially if your loved one does not have any serious health or mobility issues. You may find that your loved one would most benefit from the social aspect of retirement communities rather than nursing care which, in this case, a retirement village would be a better option.

Plus, in some retirement villages, there is an option to buy the home rather than rent it, which essentially is more cost-effective in the long run.

Round the clock care and advice

Although retirement villages offer your loved one an independent lifestyle, they also give that extra level of security and care that wouldn’t be available if they lived at home alone. With receptionists to contact and trained staff on hand to help, they can assist your loved one if they get into any issues or start feeling unwell. For instance, what if they fall during the night or they start showing symptoms of alzheimers or dementia? This extra level of security gives you peace of mind that they have a trained personnel whom they can speak to and can come to their aid 24 hours a day.

Optional and flexible services if needed

With retirement villages you can get as much or as little assistance as you want, giving you flexibility and independence as to how you want to live your life. For instance, there are social activities and excursions for the elderly that your loved one may adore or they may prefer to do something else with their time, or, if they are happy with their mobility but nervous about cooking, in some retirement villages you can pay extra to have hot meals cooked for you. These optional extras allow your loved one to tailor their time there to their own needs and to continue to  live life to the fullest.

Retirement Security:  Assisted living home and independent senior living

Here at Retirement Security, we pride ourselves on working to the philosophy ‘independence within a supportive community’ offering independent senior living across the country. With 32 courts to choose from, all stylishly decorated, well-kept and equipped with the latest facilities, your loved one will be spoilt for choice. Our courts include:

What’s more, your apartment will be of a generous size, with alarm pull cords, large and in some cases ensuite bathrooms, TV aerials, and independent heating systems, meaning that you and your partner can live comfortably. To find out more about our facilities, simply contact us today.

In Celebration of Post-War Culture


If you were born between the 30s and the 40s, then you would have been coming of age during the post-war period; arguably the most culturally transformative time in modern history. After the Second World War, a time of peace and prosperity was on the horizon which saw an explosion of cultural change. Here’s a little reminder of just how transformative this period was.

Prosperity

In the 20 years between 1945 and 1965, prosperity increased dramatically all across the British Isles. This meant that living standards rose, driven by reforming changes to health, welfare and education. After two international wars, which claimed the lives of millions in just 31 years, it seemed as though the appetite of the day was peace. Economic growth following the war facilitated an increase in living standards which improved the lives of millions in Britain.

Multiculturalism

To help rebuild Britain, immigrants were invited from overseas – most famously from the Caribbean on board the HMT Empire Windrush and from the newly independent Indian sub-continent – which introduced Brits to new cultures. There was some friction along the way, however, the diversification of Britain in this period is one of the main reasons why we have such a multicultural nation today.

Music and Art

It’s impossible to mention the 50s and 60s without talking about the inspiring music that came with it. The 60s saw Britain swing and spearhead the pop culture movement along with the USA. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to The Kinks, the music emanating from the UK spread across the globe and has gone on to influence the following generations.

Protest and Societal Change

Along with music and prosperity, the 60s was also a time of radical change. Civil rights, gender equality and anti-war demonstrations were widespread during this time period and helped shape the more tolerant world we live in today.

Independence With a Community from Retirement Security

Here at Retirement Security Limited, we’ve been providing independence and support to our elderly residents since 1983. With over 32 Retirement Security courts across the nation, we help countless seniors to find a supportive community without sacrificing independence.

To find out more, please feel free to contact us today. You can find us at Retirement Security Limited, 18 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6JF, call us on 01789 292952 or email us at mail@retirementsecurity.co.uk.

Hair-Raising Activities for Seniors


If you’re an elderly citizen, you shouldn’t have to leave all of the fun, adrenaline-filled activities to the young whipper-snappers! Although elderly people may find it more difficult to get around, that doesn’t mean that they should lose out on all of the hair-raising, heart-pumping activities available. Here we provide some ideas that will get the blood pressure up (but not too much).

Adventure Travel

If you love going on holiday, but don’t want to limit yourself to relaxing on the beach now you’re a little older, you can still explore the world and go on adventures with adventure travel holidays! You might consider going on a safari in Africa, hiking holidays in Canada, experience an explosion of culture in Dehli and the rest of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ or even climb Machu Picchu. Wherever you choose, you can still get a taste of adventure in your old age.

Water Sports

You might not be doing any backflips on a wakeboard or surfing down 60-foot waves, but you could still enjoy some kayaking, scuba diving or even white-water rafting if you’re feeling especially brave! If you love the water, there are a huge number of water sport experiences to choose from.

Abseiling

Abseiling is a great activity for thrill-seekers and it doesn’t require any previous experience! By working with a trained professional, you’ll get to experience a real sense of adventure by travelling down a cliff edge. You’ll be perfectly safe and can go at your own pace!

Extreme Golf

Golf is not a sport that anyone would usually think of as extreme. However, taking a trip to the infamous Legend Golf Resort in South America can add a certain danger to the experience. The tee off for the 19th hole at this resort requires a trip in a helicopter up a cliff.

Retirement Security: Providing Seniors With Independence and Support

For over three decades, Retirement Security Limited has been providing secure, safe and supportive places for elderly residents to live whilst retaining their independence. All of our residents live independently, but can reach out to us for help at any time they choose.

To find out more, please feel free to contact us today. You can find us at Retirement Security Limited, 18 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6JF, call us on 01789 292952 or email us at mail@retirementsecurity.co.uk.

Good Food That You Should Be Eating in Your Old Age


It’s important to eat well throughout your entire life, however, when you begin to get a little older, it becomes even more crucial to ensure that you eat healthily. That means ditching as much junk food as possible and concentrating on nutrition. Here are some of the foods you should focus on.

Fish

Fish – particularly fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines – are very high in omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for a healthy diet. It’s recommended to eat at least two portions of omega-3 rich meals per week as the nutrients found here can help to improve heart health and reduce blood pressure.

Calcium

As we get older, our teeth and bones can begin to deteriorate and become unhealthy which is why introducing more calcium into your diet is so important. Not eating enough calcium can lead to brittle bones, so always try and eat a healthy balance of milk, yoghurt, cheese and leafy green vegetables.

Fibre

Fibre is crucial for the digestion process of your food and, as old age begins to set in, our digestive systems begin to slow down. By eating plenty of fibre – found in porridge, broccoli, wholegrain bread and nuts – you can help your body promote better digestion and also help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Iron

Finally, iron can be found in leafy greens like spinach and kale and is vital for the body. Iron helps carry oxygen through the blood from the lungs and a lack of iron can cause anaemia due to oxygen deficiency.

Enjoy Security and Independence in Your Old Age with Retirement Security

If you or a loved one is looking for a community-driven place to live during retirement years, but still want to retain your independence, Retirement Security Limited can provide you with the solution. Our retirement properties allow our residents to live independently, but we’ll always be on hand to help if needed.

To find out more, please feel free to contact us today. You can find us at Retirement Security Limited, 18 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6JF, call us on 01789 292952 or email us at mail@retirementsecurity.co.uk.

A Guide to Putting a Retirement Home Up for Sale


No matter your life situation, selling your retirement home can be overwhelming. From investing in aesthetic and practical repairs to hiring a conveyancing solicitor, or in some cases, a wills and probate solicitor, it isn’t always one of life’s easiest transitions.

Whether you are moving to a nursing facility, looking to downsize your apartment or you are looking after your deceased loved one’s assets, it is important to know how to sell a retirement home.

This blog will give you a comprehensive guide to help you put your retirement home up for sale.

Retirement homes and leases explained

To buy a retirement home you must be aged over 55 or 60, and retirement homes are often sold on a leasehold basis. This essentially means that you will have a tenancy but for a long period of time, for example, between 99 or 125 years. If the property changes hands, the lease is sold at a reduced length. Most leaseholders have the right to extend the lease after two years of purchase, but this will be at a premium.

The leaseholder will usually pay a large amount upfront and a smaller amount of ‘ground rent’ to the freeholder. This ground rent is usually paid annually and can be between £50 to £300. What’s more, leaseholders will usually pay a regular service charge to cover any costs of services that the freeholder provides, such as cleaning, gardening, extra security, meals cooked in staffed dining room, agents fees and buildings insurance.

As a leaseholder, you will have a landlord that will have some control over your property which will make life easier for you in some senses, however, if you want to make any grand décor or structural adjustments you will need consent from the freeholder.

Selling your retirement home

It is likely that, if you have bought a retirement home, you have bought it from a retirement village or retirement community. If this is the case, they are your freeholders and therefore they will have primary control over your property. If you are looking to sell that property then most retirement villages will have an in-house sales team who you can speak to, and they will organise the selling and reselling of your property to a new tenant.

How to prepare for selling your retirement apartment

It is always recommended that, if you plan on selling your retirement home, you should make sure that it is kept in optimum condition, is clean, and has no evidence of serious damage other than general wear and tear. Your freeholder may decide to perform repairs and design changes to the apartment to guarantee that it will be attractive for all. For instance, you may have decided to have had your room repainted a bright pink (as it is your favourite colour), however, this may not be suitable for reselling. Therefore, organising it to be painted white will ensure that it is a favourable hue for all tastes.

Give your home a deep clean

Even though your retirement facility may offer cleaning services, it is important to give your home a deep clean before selling. From dusting the top of the fireplace mantel to polishing appliances, cleaning the windows and having your carpet professionally cleaned, deep cleaning your retirement home can help make it look brand new. If you are unable to do this yourself, why not enlist the help of family members or organise a professional service to do this for you?

Pay attention to smells

Though you may not initially notice it when you are living in your home, your home may have acquired a distinct smell from simply just living and breathing. This could be from the food you cook, how well ventilated the apartment is and from the general upkeep like washing sofa covers, textiles, throws, clothes and other items. It’s always important when considering prospective buyers that your home feels bright and airy, which is why you should keep it well-ventilated by opening up the windows and doors to promote circulation. Plus, why not invest in a reed diffuser to give your home a touch of floral or fruity fragrance?

Declutter

It is important that when prospective buyers are looking around the home they feel like they can imagine themselves moving and living in the space. A clean, spacious and well-presented apartment is a great way to initiate this, which is why it is imperative that the home is decluttered before viewings. If you are downsizing, this will be useful as it can help you get rid of a few items that you don’t need or want anymore. Alternatively, if your loved one has passed away and you are helping to pack up and sell their assets, this is also a helpful way to approach and deal with their possessions.

Do a faux renovation

If needed, large scale renovations will be performed by the freeholder, however, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t organise small renovations to be carried out. If you have had an ever-increasing to-do list of small household jobs like replacing broken tiles, having leaky taps fixed, descaling your shower head, cleaning any mould around kitchen sinks and more, this is the perfect time to do so. Go around your property and make a note of anything you think needs replacing, cleaning or fixing, then either speak to your regional manager or call a local repairman to help you. Viewers will be looking at your apartment with a hawks eye – so make sure that it looks pristine and well-kept.

Pay attention to small details

There is a fine balance between making your home look homely and inviting for others to live there or too ‘lived in’ that it is off-putting. Creating small homely and appealing details are a great way to create a home that looks homely but also one that could be theirs in no time. This could be done by displaying magazines on a coffee table, organising books by colour on your bookshelf, arranging soaps in a bathroom organiser and a range of other small details.

Retirement Security: Retirement homes and Senior Care in the UK

If you are over 55, have retired and feel ready for a new stage in life, but are apprehensive in doing so, our apartments and courts at Retirement Security could be the perfect next step. Providing a supportive community, you can live amongst like-minded people as you settle into this new chapter. Valuing your independence as well as giving you 24 hour support if and when you need it, our living facilities are a great option for seniors who want to meet new people, engage in exciting activities yet still be able to live their life as they please.

Our apartments are fully equipped with the latest facilities and stylish extras. Being both light-abundant and spacious, the homes are often between one to three bedroom properties, ideal for couples and for having your family to stay. Not only do we make sure that you feel comfortable and well at all times, but if you do fall ill, you can have the comfort of extra services like cleaning, hot meals delivered to your door and fully-trained staff on hand to help.

Our unique living conditions make us one of the most popular retirement facilities in the UK. To find out more about our retirement homes and courts, simply contact us today.

Spotted a “Retirement Property for Sale”? Here is What to Look for at a Viewing


Searching for the perfect property to retire in can be exciting and daunting all at the same time. Moving into a new home that caters to a more laid back lifestyle marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life – your silver years; a time to relax and enjoy your newfound freedom away from working life. Simultaneously, finding the perfect retirement property can be a huge challenge; after all, it needs to meet all of your needs, cater to a more laid back lifestyle and be suitable for later life.

If you are currently on the hunt for your perfect retirement property, we’ve got you covered. Knowing what to look out for or important things to consider when attending a viewing is important; the last thing you want is to end up with a property that doesn’t meet your requirements. Below, we discuss things to consider before viewing a retirement property and what to look out for when searching for the perfect retirement home.

Is a retirement home the right choice for you?

Before you begin viewing properties or searching for the right property for you, it is important that you decide whether moving into a retirement property is the right choice. Take the time to properly think your decision through and work out whether this is the best option for you.

Consider the location

Now that you are retiring, you are likely going to be spending a lot more time at home – and therefore, in your new property. This is why it is important that your property is in a good location. If you enjoy going for walks or being around nature, you may want to choose somewhere close to a big park or near the countryside. It’s always best to avoid developments that are close to busy roads or areas of traffic so that you are not disturbed by outside noise.

As you grow older, you will need to be in easy reach of all amenities. Make sure that there are some shops nearby or a bus stop that you can easily get to. Choosing somewhere in the middle of nowhere can make you feel isolated if you do not drive, so don’t forget to check what’s nearby.

Check out the facilities

The facilities available are going to vary depending on where the property is. For example, a luxurious retirement village is likely going to have more facilities than a retirement-designated block, but that’s not to say that each one shouldn’t have basic facilities such as a communal area to mix with other residents or some gardens to take a walk around in.

The better the facilities are, the more you are going to pay, so it’s worth taking the time to sit down and think about what is important to you. If you enjoy swimming, you may want to choose somewhere that has a swimming pool. If you like to dine out, an onsite restaurant may be a good idea. If you enjoy getting your hair done, a hairdresser may be a priority. Perhaps you like gardening, in which case having your own allotment may be a huge appeal. Before you view a property, make a list of what is important to you – remember, it’s your retirement and you deserve to enjoy yourself.

Make security a priority

It is absolutely essential that your retirement property is secure, and security should always be one of your top considerations when attending a viewing. The security of the property will vary depending on the type of property – for example, some villages have 24-hour care staff, some are gated off and have CCTV monitoring each property, and others simply have a warden on duty during the day.

Have a think about what you are most comfortable with and always choose a property that is safe and secure. Other security measures to keep in mind include access control, number plate recognition, personal emergency buttons linking you to onsite security and 24-hour patrols.

Don’t forget mobility aids and onsite care

For those who are less fit and not as mobile, extra care may be required. As we grow older, many of us could do with a helping hand, and so it is important that you consider the care options available. In some retirement villages, extra care can be bought in privately if required – something that is always worth considering for the future.

In addition, choosing a property that has mobility aids or the potential to adapt the home for disability aids is important. For example, you may want to consider stairlifts, wide hallways for wheelchairs, a step-in shower, ramps, handrails and more. While you may not require these features now, think ahead to the future. You do not want to invest in a property that cannot be adapted to meet your needs in the future.

Assess the size of the property

It may sound obvious, but make sure that the size of the property in question is big enough. When they retire, many people downsize and declutter to get rid of all of the unnecessary things they have accumulated over their lifetime. While this does mean that you may be taking far less into your new property than you currently have at home, that’s not to say that you should move into a tiny place. Compare the new property with your current one and be prepared to buy new furnishings that fit in or suit your new accommodation better.

Ask about maintenance and service charges

At first, the maintenance and service charges may seem overwhelmingly high, particularly as you’ve likely never had to pay them before. It is important to remember, however, that these charges cover the external maintenance of your home and generally include external lighting, window cleaning, external painting, the upkeep of communal spaces, grounds and gardens, and more. You can rest assured that the outside of your property and the surrounding area will always be in top condition – something that can be difficult to maintain by yourself.

Make sure that you double check whether any of the service charge goes into a sinking fund to pay for any unexpected costs. For example, if your roof requires repairs further down the line, you don’t want to be met with a hefty bill that sets you back.

Keep exit fees in mind

When moving into a new property, the last thing you want to think about is leaving – but it’s something that should always be considered. What happens if you need to move out or go into a nursing home? Some companies charge a fee of 0.25-12.5% of the property’s value when a home is resold. Keep an eye out for exit fees, administration fees, contingency fees and assignment fees.

Retirement Security: unique retirement living

At Retirement Security, we aim to enable retired people to retain their independence for their whole lives and preserve their capital in the process. Our approach to retirement living is unique; owners of our apartments live independently in their own self-contained apartments, and have help on hand whenever they need it. When you own a Retirement Security apartment, you are the owner of the court’s not-for-profit management company too. Our unique approach keeps resale values strong and reduces the risks of ever needing to move into a costly care home.

For more information about our retirement villages, simply visit our website or get in touch with us today.

Retirement Properties: to Rent or to Buy?


If you are currently in retirement or retirement age is fast approaching, you may be wondering what option is best for you. Different people want to do different things when they retire. Some want to travel and see parts of the world that they’ve always dreamed of, some want to spend their free time with family or take up a new hobby, and others want to move into a retirement property in a communal setting.

If you are retiring soon, you may have found yourself wondering about the concept of retirement communities. Today, there are so many options and possibilities available for people in retirement – particularly for those who want to maintain their sense of independence yet have assistance on hand if required.

There are many benefits to living in a retirement property. Perhaps one of the most appealing benefits is the sense of community and social atmosphere that you can enjoy when living in a retirement property. Many retirement communities will encourage people to partake in activities, from fun games nights to daily physical exercise. Another huge benefit is, of course, the comfort of having assistance closeby should you require it. For many aging adults, safety is a big concern; knowing that there is always someone present in case of an emergency is a big comfort to many.

With the above in mind, you may have found yourself considering moving into a retirement property – but should you rent or should you buy? Below, we take a look at the differences between renting and buying a retirement property and which is the best option for you.

Should I rent or buy a retirement home?

As previously mentioned, the traditional idea of retirement is changing. A retirement village is a housing development that has been built specifically for older people who are retired or retiring. Typically, there are a range of different flats, bungalows and houses available to live in (for over 50s) and communal areas and facilities to enjoy. In a retirement village, you can enjoy being surrounded by residents of a similar age, and rest assured that assistance is nearby should you need it.

Deciding whether to rent or buy can be a big choice – so what are the pros and cons of each?

Buying a retirement property

It can be difficult to determine whether buying a retirement property is the right move financially – is the investment really worth it? As we grow older and our health and mobility becomes more fragile, it is not uncommon to have to modify our homes to suit our health and requirements – for example, adding ramps, installing handrails in the shower, installing wetrooms and more. Modifying your home can be expensive, not to mention a bit of a hassle, and therefore moving straight into an accessible retirement property that has everything you need is an ideal option for many.

Buying a retirement property outright offers you the benefit of owning your own property without the difficulties that come with it. When they reach a certain age or retire from their jobs, many people look to downsize and move out of the family home. This move not only releases some capital, but also allows you to invest your assets into another property. Property ownership is important to many people and offers them peace of mind that they have something to pass on to their family when they leave.

When you buy a retirement property, it is usually on a leasehold basis. When buying, it is essential that you pay attention to the lease (in fact, it is often recommended that you have a solicitor look over it for you).

Renting a retirement property

For some people, renting can clearly be the more suitable option. Purchases prices can be high and renting can be the easier choice, particularly if you are looking to save some money. Renting a retirement property rather than buying it gives you the freedom and flexibility that buying simply does not. For many, property ownership is not something that people want in later life, particularly if they have been renting their entire life.

The benefits of renting can be endless for many; not only do you have the freedom to live where you want and move when you want, but you also have the added security of living independently with nearby assistance without getting tied up in property ownership.

Things to consider when choosing a property in a retirement village

Whether you decide to rent a retirement property or to invest in one, there are a few things that you should look out for to make sure that the property you choose is right for you. Of course, you should always consider size, facilities and accessibility, but there are also some additional costs that you may also need to consider:

In fact, if you are planning on buying a retirement property, you should always ask the following questions:

Remember, these will vary from place to place and it is important that you search around until you find something that works for you. If you do decide to buy a retirement property, it is recommended that you go through your finances thoroughly; it is important that you have enough money to buy the property as well as the service charge and any additional expenses.

Let your family and next of kin aware of the details of the leasehold and the property as well as your financials. It may be likely that your family will be involved in the selling process of the property, so it is always wise to have them involved and informed from the beginning.

Retirement Security: retirement leaving that you can rely on

At Retirement Security Limited (RSL), our approach to retirement living is unique. Our aim is to enable retired people to maintain their sense of independence while preserving their capital in the process. There are 32 Retirement Security courts in the UK, offering friendly and welcoming retirement communities. Would you like your own home, with your own front door and to be part of an active, supportive retirement community? If you want to rest in the comfort that there is always someone you know on hand 24 hours a day, should need them, you needn’t look further than the Retirement Security apartments.

Each of our developments have been carefully considered to provide the best of comfort and practicality, with each apartment designed to make your life easier and more independent. Most of our apartments are generously sized and feature two bedrooms, along with its own front door and electronic fob operated lock and safety door chain. The kitchens are all modern and the bathrooms large, to ensure that your property remains stylish as well as accessible.

If you find yourself at that time in life when things become a little more difficult, buying a Retirement Security apartment can help you maintain your independence while easing day-to-day difficulties. For more information about our retirement apartments or assisted living services, visit our website or get in touch with us today.

What You Need to Know About Becoming a Carer For the Elderly


Caring for the elderly is an incredibly rewarding job. From keeping loneliness at bay to aiding them in their everyday tasks, you’re really giving something back and helping an age group to adapt and feel supported in the best possible way. If you’re interested in becoming an elderly carer, here are a few things you need to know.

Qualities

There are so many different professions in the social care or healthcare communities which all require a degree of passion and dedication. Opting to work in elderly care is incredibly generous and honourable, but may also require an extra level of patience and sensitivity. To see if this career would suit you, here are some other qualities you might need when working in elderly care:

Key duties

Elderly care workers might find themselves working with various different elderly clients from all walks of life. Whether they have different levels of mobility, have a disability, illness or learning difficulties or they struggle with mental health, a care worker must adapt to each individual. Here are what a care workers key duties will usually include:

Qualifications and certifications

Although it’s not essential to be very qualified in this area, many employers would prefer applicants to have at least GCSEs and A-Level education. Many would also like to know that applicants have First Aid skills and Health and Social Care qualification, such as a level 2 or 3 NVQ. You’ll also need a UK driving license to travel and a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) also.

Elderly care is such a vital part of elderly development and support, and Retirement Security pride ourselves on our expert and caring staff who provide retirement properties, sheltered and independent living to elderly across the UK. For more information regarding our properties and care, get in touch with us today.

Ways to Deal With Loneliness at an Old Age


Loneliness is one of the saddest things you can experience in life, but the age group that experiences this most is the elderly. As you get older, it can be tricky to combat the feeling of loneliness: Family have moved out or away from home, friends or spouses may have passed away or you’ve retired and lost the social contact you gained from going to work.

With 1.9 million older people in the UK feeling ignored or alone, loneliness can have some serious mental and physical health consequences also and, according to Age UK, loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Here are some ways to combat loneliness at old age.

Hobbies and social events

Whether it’s continuing a hobby you used to love or starting a whole new one, a hobby is a great thing to incorporate into your daily routine as something to look forward to and open doors to social opportunities too. If you can get out and about, why not join a yoga or tai chi class, a choir or book group? Or, if you struggle to leave the house, start hosting a couple of hobby days at your home, whether it’s a book club, knitting or crochet club, movie nights or simply a fun get together.

Adopt a pet

Why not have a permanent companion by your side in the form of a pet? Whether it’s a dog to walk and keep you active, a cat to soothe your troubles or a bird to bring some character back into your home, a pet can combat loneliness and bring some positivity back into your life. Pop down the local pet shelter or homes and adopt/rescue an animal who matches your active levels. Think about what sort of dog would suit your lifestyle, for example, if you struggle with mobility but wish to build up your activity levels again, rehoming an old, small dog who may only require a short potter or park walk may be the perfect companion for you.

Consider moving into a retirement village

Even though you might still have your mobility or independence, moving into a retirement village or assisted living community has many benefits and positive effects on dealing with loneliness. From having scheduled carer visits to suit you to getting involved in activities and hobbies, you can make friends quickly and build new relationships with others whilst having somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable to live.

At Retirement Security, we offer many retirement properties that provide elderly independence in a supportive and helpful community. With a level of care to suit you and your circumstances, our community has 24 hour on-site support, state-of-the-art facilities and an active community. For more information, contact our team today via our website or on 01789 292 952.

Bucket List Ideas For the Retired


Although we all have things in life we want to do or see, it’s no secret that life can get in the way. From getting married and raising wonderful children to achieving a lifelong career goal and studying hard in a subject you’re passionate about, there are so many things to be proud of. However, when you hit retirement age, it may be time for you to think about those ultimate bucket list ideas that you had when you were younger. Get ready to start ticking or planning, as we look at some popular or unique bucket list ideas.

Travel

Learning

Charity

Family

Moving on

 

 

If you’re thinking of spending your retirement years completing your bucket list, why not downsize and move into a retirement community such as one through Retirement Security? Our staff provide help and assistance where necessary, meaning you can spend your time ticking off those things that are important to you. Contact us for more information about our properties today.

Independence within a supportive community