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RSL Company Statement
COVID-19

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop, the safety and wellbeing of the Owners and staff in all of our developments remains our key focus.
Our Owners choose to live at our Courts so they can remain independent whilst having the advantage of the services and support provided by a dedicated team of people, on site 24 hours a day.
Each of our Courts is run by a Court Manager and an elected Board of Directors, made up of Owners. An experienced team of RSL Services Managers provides day-to-day support and assistance so all decisions are taken with the full co-operation of the Board who represent the interests of their fellow Owners.
The nature of Corona Virus and its rapid spread means that people over retirement age are at the most high risk. However, since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have focussed on keeping up to date with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health England, which has enabled us to put robust measures in place to minimise the risk to Owners and staff so that vital support can safely remain in place.

Structure and Support
Following Government advice we have implemented social distancing by equipping and enabling our office staff to continue supporting on-site staff from home.
All on-site staff are classified as Key Workers and are able to continue providing direct support to our Owners. Anyone with symptoms such as a cough or fever will self-isolate in accordance with Government guidelines.
On-site staff know who the most vulnerable people in their Courts are and are able to provide more specific support to them during this period of isolation.

Supplies and Services
Although RSL provides independent living, the ancillary services we provide mean we are to deliver meals via a tray service to those who are in need. Our Court Managers have excellent local knowledge and have made arrangements with suppliers for safe delivery of food and medicines. Our Owners are reassured that there is someone available on site 24 hours a day – we do not want anyone in our Courts to feel isolated.

Robust Measures
In addition to standard cleansing measures such as hand-washing and sanitizing notices and products across all Courts we have restricted all non-essential visitors. Necessary visitors are required to thoroughly wash and sanitise their hands on arrival and are asked to declare whether they have recently returned from travel or been in contact with anyone with symptoms.
All activity in the communal areas has been suspended and deep cleansing of these areas has been increased and Personal Protective Equipment for staff is available and more is being delivered

Communications and Contact
Our primary aim is to protect our Owners and staff by observing the rules and guidelines provided by the Government and Public Health England. The response to this evolving situation from the teams of staff at all of our Courts and the RSL employees who support them has been outstanding.
Our Services Managers are providing daily assistance and updates from Public Health England and other relevant organisations, to our Court Managers and Boards of Directors so Owners are kept fully informed of any changes and what it means for them.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts to provide these essential services.
We would also like to assure staff, Owners and families that we will continue to monitor and update the information we have available and the measures we have implemented to minimise the risks in the weeks ahead.

What is Assisted Living: Facilities, Properties and Costs


With people living longer than ever before and nearly 12 million people aged 65 and above in the UK, there is a need for more affordable care options now more than ever. Care Homes are a popular choice for long-term care of the elderly, especially those suffering with diseases like Alzheimers, recent investigations into the conditions of certain care environments and regular reports of abuse and neglect has shown that the health and social care industry is in desperate need of a reform.

Whilst this does happen, this is certainly not the case with every care environment however, and there are plenty of options available to guarantee that your loved one is given the care and attention they deserve.

Options such as retirement communities, assisted living and other similar spaces are also available. These can be excellent ways to ensure your loved one spends their senior years in a healthy and positive environment they will enjoy.

We have put together a guide to offer you as much information about the options that are available and help you understand as much about assisted living as possible. Hopefully this will help you come to a decision on whether it is the right option for you or your loved one.

In times gone by, options for care in later life were more limited. As technology has developed, a wider array of care options have become available. Things like retirement communities and assisted living environments offer flexible care options enabling greater independence without compromising on the level of care.

So What Exactly is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is an option available for people who choose not to or are unable to live alone due to external circumstances. This can include being elderly, vulnerable or disabled.

This may be a necessary option if you are finding it difficult to manage yourself or a loved one living on their own.

Assisted Living Communities are an environment where an individual usually has their own apartment or suite, but still lives as part of a community of people in a similar situation. Offering a shared space where residents can relax, play games and share stories, some assisted living spaces also offer catered spaces similar to restaurants.

Assisted Living Explained

Assisted living communities are great because they offer the social aspect of living with people in a similar situation and help to promote mental wellbeing. This in itself can offer independence as the chance to spend days doing activities and connecting with other people has a wealth of benefits of its own.

Assisted living communities can vary depending on budget and requirements. For example some offer catered facilities, gardens, spas and other personal care services. The purpose of assisted living is to provide the maximum amount of independence for residents whilst still maintaining an excellent level of close care and support.

Benefits of Assisted Living

24 Hour Care

Vulnerable persons living with diseases such as Alzheimers and Dementia require round the clock care. As a carer for someone with a difficult illness, it can make a world of difference to know that they are being looked after at all hours of the day.

Cleaning and Catering

If yourself or a loved one finds it difficult to cook and clean on a regular basis, then a catered assisted living environment could be the perfect option. Many assisted living communities offer nutritious meals cooked by chefs to ensure residents enjoy a healthy balanced diet.

Linen and Housekeeping

Washing clothes and making the bed are simple everyday tasks which yourself or a loved one might struggle with. In many cases residents often want to continue to do these housekeeping tasks as it is something they have always done and offers a sense of independence. Many assisted living communities encourage this, with the support of care staff on hand to assist, but there is always the option to relieve residents of this task if they wish or are unable to do so.

Social Environment

Living alone can be tough, isolation and loneliness is difficult for old people, especially at Christmas time. Assisted living offers an environment perfect for nurturing relationships, with group activities, games, the chance to participate in exercise activities and even creative workshops.

Extra curricular activities

There is always the option to be involved in group outings such as walks and learning experiences – the chance to be involved in trips and events such as Christmas parties are something that would not be available for loved ones living alone. These can be vital in lifting the spirits of old people and increasing emotional well being.

Medication Management

Mistakes with medicine can be common for anyone, let alone if you are getting on in years and have what seems like hundreds of prescriptions to take throughout the day. Assisted living communities and nursing care centres provide the staff on hand to help residents to safely manage their medications.

What are the Alternatives?

There are several options available to consider when deciding which is the right option for you.

Options For Assisted Living

Designed to provide care in a home like setting, there are various options for assisted living environments and no assisted living environment is the same. With a variety of options and extras available from care to luxury and wellbeing activities, no assisted living environment is the same. Depending on your budget and requirements, there are different methods and plans out there tailored to suit your needs

Purchasing

There is the obvious high upfront cost associated with buying into a residential retirement property, however this can help you save on costs in the long run and ensures you are not paying rent for extended periods of time. The average cost of a residential care home in the UK is around £45,000 including nursing care. Of course if any additional extras such as catering, laundry and additional requirements are necessary, this figure is likely to change.

Renting

Retirement properties available to rent do not have the significant upfront purchasing cost. This can mean that monthly fees are higher however, as rent is factored into care, catering and any other special requirement costs.

Often assisted living communities have specific care plans that can be agreed beforehand to avoid any surprises further down the line.

Retirement Security: Providing Healthy Assisted Living Environments

With an excellent range of residential assisted living properties offering everything from healthy, fine dining options and beautifully kept outdoor garden areas. Our residential properties provide exceptional care for the elderly that still offers the freedom of independent living. With personalised care plans available to suit you or your loved ones needs, our aim is to offer fun and enjoyable ways to help people spend their retirement that will nurture friendships in a social but independent living environment.

If you require help finding an assisted living property for yourself or a loved one, or wish to have a guided tour around any of our facilities or would like to meet our friendly team. Get in touch with us today.

Advancements in Elderly Living: From Retirement Apartments to Technology in Mobility Aids


Living alone can be tough on older loved ones, particularly if they are no longer able to do everything themselves. Living alone may be something they want, but spending many hours alone is not always the healthiest option for their mental well being. Retirement apartments, assisted living or care homes can offer a great way to enable elderly family members to socialise with people in similar situations.

Many people have a view that care homes do not offer effective ways of caring for elderly people. With the cuts in the NHS happening across the board, health and social care are some of the most affected areas in desperate need of reform.

We would advise visiting any care homes you are considering for your loved one. This will give you a chance to check the staff, facilities and even the food to help you feel confident you’ve made the right choice for your family, this is particularly important if you have loved ones that require additional care.

Don’t let this put you off, however, as there are a number of things you can do to ensure elderly relatives the excellent care they deserve.

Retirement Apartments

Many people are opting to live in retirement apartments or retirement communities as opposed to care homes. Retirement apartments allow elderly people the social benefits of living with people of a similar age whilst still maintaining their independence. These can be catered or non-catered to allow more freedom in the routine and to save on costs. Assisted living situations are also available to people living with disabilities who are unable to live completely independently.

Technology in care homes has come a long way in the last few decades, with new activities, mobility access and therapy methods coming to the forefront of the industry. Health and social care is more exciting now than ever, with more activities and ways to keep everyone entertained than there ever has been.

Here we have created a list of some of the most exciting technologies and gadgets in the health and social care sector at the moment, some of which we could see integrated into care homes in the near future.

Apps To Streamline the Healthcare Process

Updating paper copies of residents forms can take up valuable time that could instead be spent with residents. Apps are now available which allow healthcare notes to be added on a tablet or phone at the point of contact, stored electronically for easy and secure access.

Medication Reminders

Another important and possibly life-saving technology are apps that provide alerts for carers to ensure which residents need to take medication, what type of medication is needed and the required dosage. Additional notes can also be added to help you remember any other important details. Medication reminders and dispensers are also helpful for people suffering with dementia as they can often have difficulty in remembering to take their medicine every day.

Dementia Activities

As more studies are being done and new evidence coming to light to increases our understanding of how dementia affects the mind; a wealth of new technology and activities are on the market that have been shown to help with dementia care.

The increase in the availability of technology such as speakers and radios means that it is now possible to experience music wherever you are. Music has shown to increase brain activity and dementia patients can benefit particularly well from this. Often people with dementia who find it difficult to communicate can sometimes find their voice when hearing familiar songs from their past.

Memory and Puzzle Game Apps

It has become popular knowledge that keeping the mind sharp with exercises like puzzles and crosswords has shown to help dementia. There are a range of memory games and puzzles like Elevate Brain Training and Brainy App specifically designed for the elderly, and also many on the market specially made for people suffering with dementia.

Apps like Dementia Digital Diary and Dementia clock can help users to read the time and understand whether it is morning, afternoon, evening or night rather than focusing on minutes and seconds. Dementia diary will also clearly display the next three calendar events for the user.

Carehome Mobility Aids

The increase in daily living aids and mobility technology has been shown to have benefits in the care home environment, helping to ease the responsibility placed on caregivers, and providing residents with more independence.

Things like walking aids, mobility scooters, lifts and hoists have made countless lives easier and helped to boost the confidence of people by giving them back their ability to perform simple tasks that they would otherwise not have been able to do.

Technology is exciting and offers ways to take the pressure off everyone, which is particularly important given the increased stress placed on carers today.

Video Calls

Skype, Facetime and other apps allow family members to check in with loved ones regularly. This can help increase communication as relatives now have the chance to speak more frequently than just during scheduled visiting hours.

New activities and Exercises

Advancements in technology mean that residents can do exercise videos, watch youtube videos and be part of workshops such as Yoga, Dance & Tai Chi that they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do.

Exercises that raise the heart rate even for as little as half an hour a day has been shown to increase brain function and mental wellbeing. Yoga, Tai Chi and other exercises focused on slowing down the breathing and improving posture are also perfect for reducing stress and balancing mood. Studies have also shown that meditation can improve memory and help deal with difficult emotions. These exercises are great as they can be performed from the comfort of the lounge or even the armchair if users have trouble with mobility.

GPS Location and Tracking Devices

People with dementia are prone to getting lost. In the worst case, surroundings and people can become unfamiliar causing them distress.

There are technologies and apps available to help people in these situations. GPS trackers can be worn for those who are prone to wandering, or if that seems rather intrusive there are also phones with large buttons that allow the user to easily dial preset numbers.

Memos & Reminders

This is a technology that has not seen widespread use as of yet, but it is likely to become a popular way due to the potential benefits. From memos reminding relatives to lock the front door or turn off the TV, to memos that help with the morning routine or even helping to remind sufferers of dementia as to what they were doing if they get lost.

Home monitoring devices

These allow caregivers to ensure their loved ones safety by monitoring things like lights and thermostats and from their smartphones. This can offer that extra peace of mind for families and can be a valuable tool.

Innovations in technology have been shown to have benefits for some of the most vulnerable in society. Increase in user friendliness, adapted design and new care and therapy methods are being discovered each day. We look for ways to offer comfortable and independent living for those in the most vulnerable situations that will also help to take some of the strain off of caregivers. Although major reforms are needed in the health and social care industry, technology offers a great support system that can provide great relief from what can be a truly difficult time for those struggling.

Retirement Security: Warm and Welcoming Retirement Care

If you are interested in learning more about retirement apartments and assisted living situations, get in touch with our fantastic care team today. We have a range of comfortable properties, with the option of healthy catering as well as kind staff on hand to support your loved ones. It is important to us that you are confident your loved one is in safe hands, so we invite you to visit our facilities and meet our staff before making a decision.

Four Ways to Sharpen Your Memory for the Elderly


It’s never too early to take steps to improve your memory, but as people enter old age, it can become even more important to protect your memory and keep it sharp. Everybody has slip-ups from time to time, but if you’re concerned about more serious memory loss then you might be looking for ways to keep your brain stimulated.

Our brain’s volume gradually shrinks as we get older and this can lead to a decrease in cognitive function. However, there are plenty of activities you can do to help keep your mind sharp as you age, so see below for four of our favourites.

Get moving

Just 30 minutes of walking per day has been proven to help preserve memory and mental function as you age. You don’t need to take part in vigorous exercise either if you have mobility or health problems, just a gentle stroll to the shop or around the garden can help.

Engage your brain

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, so engage your brain with activities like reading a book, crosswords, word searches or other word puzzles. There are also plenty of apps available specifically designed to help strengthen your memory and get your brain working in a fun, engaging way.

Plan in advance

Planning and recording important dates in advance can save you a lot of mental energy, which can help improve your memory and how you store other information in the long run. Make use of calendars in your home or on your phone and log important dates such as birthdays, doctors appointments and anniversaries. It also helps to make a designated place for address books, maps, your keys and any other important documents so you can access what you need easily.

Use all your senses

Activities which use more than one sense are more effective when it comes to engaging your brain, which helps you to retain the memory for longer. Try activities like sculpting or ceramics, take a walk in a sensory garden or try a new dish and try to guess each ingredient.

If you’ve been struggling with memory loss and need some extra support, consider one of the retirement properties from Retirement Security. We’re proud to offer a range of private homes which allow our residents to live independently while having access to any extra support they may need. With 24 hour onsite care and frequent group activities, we have all the facilities you need to live comfortably into old age. For more information or to arrange a viewing, give us a call today or visit our website.

Four Activities to Help With Dementia


Dementia can be distressing and frustrating for both the person with the condition and their loved ones. However, having dementia doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing activities that you enjoy, and there are several which can also help you manage the symptoms and improve general wellbeing. These activities can be physical, mental, social or creative, and there are plenty on offer which can help.

If you’re looking for some activities to help improve the quality of life for either you or a loved one, see just four of our favourites below.

Reminiscence work

This is a lovely activity to do as a family and involves looking at old photos, videos or objects, as well as listening to music and sharing stories from the past. It’s a great way to jog the memory and the whole family can enjoy learning more about a parent or grandparent’s life.

Drawing or painting

One study has shown that painting, drawing or sculpting can lower the risk of developing the first signs of dementia by 73%. Even if dementia is already present, these types of art activities stimulate the mind and help develop motor skills.

Swimming

Swimming is beneficial for both people with dementia and their carers and provides a relaxing way to exercise and be sociable. Many pools offer dementia-friendly swimming sessions which are quieter and include specially trained staff and appropriate facilities.

Online games

Tablets or smartphones can actually be very useful for people with dementia and there are many online games, puzzles and dedicated dementia apps to help people stay alert and engaged. Most people nowadays have a tablet or a smartphone, so it’s also a convenient activity which can be done anywhere.

If you or a loved one are in the early stages of dementia and you need some extra help and support, consider the caring environment at Retirement Security. Our residential retirement care homes are equipped with everything you need to stay independent while having access to the support you need. With individual living apartments, 24-hour on-site support and community activities, we ensure that all our residents are well cared for. If you’d like more information or want to arrange a visit to one of our care homes, give us a call today or visit our website.

Three Films Set in Retirement Homes


The older generation can tend to be overlooked in film, especially with Hollywood’s reputation for obsessions with youth and beauty. However, in recent years things are shifting and there are many fantastic films where older actors are put front and centre. Films set in retirement homes are still a niche genre however, but there are several heartwarming, funny and downright strange films set in these communities. If you want to know a bit more about films set in retirement homes, see three of our favourites below.

Quartet

This British comedy-drama from 2012 is based on a play of the same name by Ronald Harwood. Maggie Smith stars as a former opera singer (and ex-wife of one of the residents) who causes a stir when she arrives at the quiet Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. The film also marks the debut director credit for actor Dustin Hoffman.

The Notebook

While the majority of the film is told in flashbacks, the story is framed by scenes of an unnamed couple in a nursing home. Based on a  book by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook traces the love story of Noah and Allie, which the man is reading to an elderly woman in the home. It’s then revealed that the elderly woman is a dementia-stricken Allie, and Noah is telling her the story of their past to jog her memory.

Bubba Ho-Tep

This bizarre but highly entertaining film from 2002 stars cult Evil Dead actor Bruce Campbell as a now-elderly Elvis, sent to a retirement home after waking up from a lengthy coma. It’s here that he meets Jack, an elderly resident claiming to be John F. Kennedy and they team up to investigate why residents are dying in mysterious circumstances. The film takes an even stranger turn when it’s revealed that the killer is an ancient Egyptian mummy named Bubba Ho-Tep, so if you’re looking for something a little different this is the film for you!

If you’re looking for a safe, comfortable and secure retirement home which is (thankfully) mummy and drama free, get in touch with Retirement Security. Our care home apartments allow residents to retain a lot of their independence while being able to access the support that they need. With 24 hour onsite care, a range of group activities and access to any necessary medical care, you can be sure that all our residents are fully looked after. For more information or to visit one of our homes, give us a call today or visit our website.

Caring For Your Loved One: Becoming An Assisted Living Carer


Ageing is simply a fact of life, and with the majority of the population living for longer than the generation before them, it’s vital that people can access the care that they need in old age. While it’s natural to want to remain independent for as long as possible, there comes a time when many of us will need some extra help to have the best quality of life possible. +

There are many different types of care for the elderly, and it’s common for family and friends to often take on the majority of care themselves. This can be for financial reasons, convenience if you live nearby, or simply because you want a loved one to have the best care available. One way to ensure that care needs are met is by becoming an official assisted living carer, but this might feel daunting if you have no prior care experience.

Being an assisted living carer can be very rewarding, and there’s a lot of support in place to help both carers and those who they’re caring for. If you want to know more about the experience or qualifications you need to become an assisted carer, the types of duties involved, and how you can access support, read on for our handy guide.

What is assisted living care?

Assisted living care offers help with day to day activities, while allowing recipients to retain a degree of independence. It can be provided by family or friends in the recipient’s home, and it’s also a feature of many assisted living facilities, such as retirement complexes. These allow residents to live in their own flat or living space and receive the extra help they need, while retaining privacy and autonomy.

Assisted living care includes help with activities and tasks such as washing, dressing, cooking, shopping or managing medication.

How do I become an assisted living carer?

As mentioned, many private care facilities or retirement complexes employ their own team of professionally trained assistant living carers, but some people may wish to assist their loved one themselves. There are many advantages to becoming an assisted living carer to a friend or family member in their own home, including the greater affordability, and the comfort that comes with staying in their own property.

Care can be a sensitive subject, and many family members probably feel like they are already well equipped to take care of their loved one based on experience. However, there are some formal qualifications you can complete to become a recognised carer, and these can be very helpful if you’re nervous at the prospect.

Qualifications

There are several different levels of care qualifications that can provide carers with a greater level of competence and understanding around different care needs. You can take a Level 1, 2 or 3 certificate in health and social care which will cover the basic knowledge and skills necessary. From here, carers may choose to study for a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in health and social care. These demonstrate a level of competence as well as knowledge, and it’s recommended that all care staff working in a care home possess at least a Level 2.

There are also plenty of further courses and qualifications that carers can take on top of a diploma. These often cover specialist skills, such as learning to lift and move people safely, caring for someone with dementia, managing diabetes, or caring for someone following a stroke.

Day to day tasks

As mentioned, a carer’s role is to assist with day to day tasks or activities which your loved one may struggle to manage on their own. There are of course many varying degrees of care which may be needed, but we will cover some of the most common day to day tasks in more detail below.

Washing

This could mean anything from helping the service user in and out of the shower or bath, to helping them wash their hair or assisting with full head to toe washing. Some less mobile users may find that a bath or shower everyday is too much, so they simply need some help brushing teeth, washing their face, or a gentle sponge bath.

Dressing

Again, there is a broad spectrum of care depending on the elderly person’s needs and abilities; some may need assistance with fiddly tasks like tying shoelaces or doing up buttons, whereas some may need assistance getting fully dressed.

Cooking

Chopping ingredients, taking things out of the oven or draining pans of boiling water can all be dangerous if you struggle with common age problems such as bad sight or mobility, but a carer can help to make sure everyone stays safe. Some carers may prepare and serve all meals, or care users may just need help with more difficult tasks like cutting vegetables or opening stiff jars.

General admin tasks

‘Life admin’ covers a vast variety of things; including shopping, laundry, paying bills, tidying and remembering to order medication. Assisted living carers often help with all these tasks and more, ensuring that loved ones stay on top of paying bills, remember to take their medication, and keep on top of housework.

Carer respite

Elderly care is highly rewarding, but it can be hard work, so it’s vital that carers get the breaks they need. Known as respite care, it’s important for carers to take some time out, for both themselves and the people they look after. It can be easy to become run down and exhausted when performing non-stop care work, but a respite break can give you the time you need to recuperate.

Respite care can be anything from a few hours to a few weeks, with options including a volunteer to come and take over for an afternoon, using a day centre, or sending your loved one for a short term stay in a private care home. There are also funding options available from your council to help pay for the costs of respite care. You can apply for a carers assessment or a needs assessment for the person being looked after here, and this will assess whether you qualify for any council funding.

What other options are there?

The type of care you choose for your loved one is a highly personal choice, and many relatives or close friends may find they simply don’t have the time to be an assisted living carer. Luckily, there are many other options available, including private assisted living care from an agency, sitting services via a charity or local organisation, or moving into an assisted living facility.

An assisted living facility shares some similarities with a care home, but many allow residents to rent or own their own property within a wider supported environment. Residents can retain their independence by living in a self contained flat, but there will be 24 hour care and on-site support available when needed. Many retirement or assisted living communities also provide a range of extra curricular activities, day trips and bespoke care packages.

If you’re looking for elderly care services for your loved one which will allow them to live in independence and comfort, consider the range of properties for sale at Retirement Security. We’re proud to offer only the highest quality properties in secure retirement complexes across the UK, with the full support and care facilities you need available onsite. We provide 24 hour emergency onsite support, a wide variety of social activities, and affordable payment methods which allow you to safeguard your capital.

To browse our list of properties or find out more about our care services and facilities, don’t hesitate to give us a call, or visit our website today.

A Look at Residential Care and Retirement Villages Around the World

We’re often told to ‘respect our elders’, and while it pays to be polite at any age, it’s important that our elderly populations are given the care they need. One way of making sure people are looked after in their old age is with a stay in a residential care home or retirement village, with many residents choosing to move into one of these complexes on a permanent basis.

There are many different models of such homes around the world, from exclusive gated communities, to niche retirement homes especially for former postal workers. If you’d like to know more about how retirement and care homes have evolved through the ages, and find out about some of the more unique homes to be found across the world, read on for our handy guide.

What is a retirement village?

A retirement village is a private residential community or housing complex that’s specifically designed for elderly residents. They are aimed at older adults who are able to mostly care for themselves, although they are designed with elderly residents in mind, with features such as gentle slopes instead of stairs, support rails in bathrooms and emergency call buttons. Many also include additional help such as a cleaner, as well as assistance with day to day tasks such as washing or dressing if needed.

Retirement communities also provide a programme of activities and social events, such as day trips, art classes, games nights, group lunches and more.

A residential care home is similar to a retirement village, but they are geared more towards those who need daily assistance with washing, dressing or cooking. Residents still live in individual flats within a complex, but have access to greater support and assistance with personal care, meals and medication.

Some early examples

The first retirement communities sprung up in the 1920s and 30s, and Florida became the ‘go-to’ destination in the USA for those of retirement age. In previous centuries, ill health and short life expectancies meant that (rather morbidly), many people simply didn’t reach retirement age, but the advance of modern medicine and better living conditions meant that a new age group emerged; those who were still in relatively good health, but considered too old to work.

This retirement generation had plenty of spare time on their hands, and the advancing popularity of golf courses, film, and television meant that the very act of having nothing to do could be turned into a leisure activity.

A scheme known as ‘elder cohousing’ was launched in Denmark in the 1970s, and followed a very similar model to today’s retirement villages. Cohousing involves multiple individually owned housing units, with common spaces for daily communal activities, and a specially developed design to suit residents of all physical abilities.

This cohousing model then spread to the United States, and many retirement villages and residential homes across the world use principles and designs based on this cohousing model.

America’s niche retirement communities

The US has an abundance of retirement communities across its many states, from the luxurious gated communities of Florida, to the 8,000 home Sun City Summerlin community in Las Vegas. There are approximately 47 million senior citizens living in America, and in recent years, more niche retirement communities have emerged that are based around a common interest or hobby.

In Florida alone there are communities built around specific former jobs, such as the Polk County community for retired postal employees, as well as a community specifically for car lovers. There are also retirement villages based around ethnic and cultural groups, such as the Aegis Living complex for Asian-Americans in California, or Lake County, Florida’s community for first generation Indian immigrants.

The largest retirement community

The world’s largest retirement community is also found in – you guessed it – Florida, and the state’s central complex The Villages spans an impressive 30,000 acres. Home to over 100,000 residents, despite the name, ‘The Villages’ is actually a self-contained town in its own right. It contains everything residents could want, including entertainment facilities, shopping, places of worship, medical facilities, golf courses, restaurants and more.

This gated community has incredibly low crime rates, and most residents use golf carts as their transport of choice!

Australia and New Zealand

Both countries provide a leading example of how to do retirement villages ‘right’, with clear care paths set in place, and transparent rates about the cost of living in this type of complex. Many villages in New Zealand charge residents weekly fees at the fixed rate of when they first enter; allowing people to budget without worrying about rising inflation rates or annual fee increases. They also include onsite nursing care, home care and serviced apartments, allowing different levels of help and assistance based on each resident’s needs.

Care home prices are not fixed in Australia, but their government has a focus on ways to fund care for the elderly population, as well as initiatives to help people stay in their homes for longer. Like most retirement village models, Australian homes include shared community spaces such as meeting rooms, pools and libraries, as well as group activities like crafts or joint meals. Australia is considered one of the most pioneering countries in the world when it comes to catering for the needs of the elderly, with around ten times more retirement communities than in the UK.

The UK’s luxury retirement villages

As more and more people in the UK retire later in life, there’s been a boom in luxury retirement homes for those who want to reward years of hard work in style. While these homes will sadly be out of reach for some, if you have the money then you’re spoilt for choice, with homes such as Surrey’s Cooper’s Hill which includes a fitness studio, spa, swimming pool, hair salon, bar and library.

There are plenty more similar complexes to be found across the UK, combining state of the art care staff and facilities with acres of manicured gardens, luxury flats and recreation spaces.

The future of care

The elderly population is growing at a rapid rate, so the future of care and how we ensure there’s enough space and resources for those of retirement age is an important concern. One future approach was founded in the Netherlands, and the innovative model has now spread to several care homes and retirement villages across the UK. The gated community De Hogewey was specially designed for those with dementia, and features a supermarket, bar and shops. Staff and nurses don’t wear uniforms, and are all trained in hospitality to add to the relaxed community feel.

This natural ‘real-life’ approach to dementia care homes has spread to several sites across the UK, with the goal to create a supportive environment based around independent principles of shopping, cooking and doing laundry. For example, carers run a ‘launderette’ and are encouraged to serve residents like any regular customer, giving them the opportunity to do as much or as little laundry as they want. You can read more about the future of these types of homes in an article from The Guardian, here.

If you’re looking for independent living within a supportive community, consider one of the residential retirement homes from Retirement Security. We offer a range of properties across the UK, with self-contained apartments that are part of a wider complex offering all the support you need. Our homes are designed with senior care in mind, and have all the care home design features you’d expect, including wide corridors, handrails, extra wide doors and more.

We also provide 24/7 on-call care should you need it, as well as a full team of trained cleaners, gardeners and maintenance staff to ensure everything is kept in good order. If you’d like more information about any of our properties or retirement complexes, don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our website today.

How to Stay Warm This Winter


Weather in the UK is unpredictable especially during autumn and winter. With temperatures suddenly dropping and even snow making an appearance, it’s important that your home is warm and comfortable, and your prepared for these changes.

Read on for our top tips on staying warm this winter.

Manage your finances

As the weather gets colder the need to turn your heating on increases – and with this comes higher bills. Get prepared for winter by managing your finances, and check if you could be entitled to any financial help such as the Winter Fuel Allowance. Websites such as Age UK, can give you a little more clarity on some of the options available.

Prep your home

When it gets cold you are likely to spend a lot more time indoors, so make sure your home is prepared. Having your boiler checked will ensure it’s in good working condition to last through winter, draught excluders will prevent cold air from getting in and make sure you have enough blankets and thick bedding so you can stay warm at night.

Wrap up

Of course, you will have to go outdoors at some point, so always wrap up warm. Make sure you have a thick coat, hat, scarf and gloves as heavy winds can lower your body temperature quickly. When you get home, make sure you take off any wet clothes and let them dry. Get your heating on and you’ll be toasty warm in no time.

Eat well

Having a warm meal each night will keep your healthy and warm. A poor diet can increase your chances of getting ill, so always make sure you’re having a good balanced diet. Hot drinks throughout the day is a great way of keeping warm too.

Here at Retirement Security, we specialise in retirement housing across the UK. If you want to continue owning your own property, but want the comfort of living in a supportive community, we can help. Take a look at our properties for sale or get in touch for more information.

How to Stay Fit as You Get Older


As we get older our joints can get stiffer and mobility-related issues can develop. However, while many people believe that they should completely slow down as they get older, keeping active is a good way of staying nimble.

So, what can you do to stay fit? Read on for our top tips.

Light exercise

Why not check out what your local leisure centre is offering and sign up to a new class or sports session? Aerobics, tennis, badminton and swimming are fun activities that can be done with friends – so you can socialise and reap the health benefits. It’s important not to push yourself too hard, especially if you have underlying conditions, however light exercise is a great starting point so always consult your doctor first.

Walk more

Whether you’re popping to the shops or simply want some fresh air, walking more can have a positive impact on your overall health. You don’t need to walk for miles to feel the benefits, a short walk can be enough to reduce joint stiffness and get your heart pumping. According to NHS advice, those who are active reduce their chances of heart disease, stroke, some cancers and dementia.

Little and often

Keeping active little and often is a manageable and sensible way of staying fit. A small amount of exercise can improve the quality of your sleep, your mood, energy levels and overall well-being – which is often much more beneficial than doing one longer session of exercise per week.

Maintain a healthy weight

As you get older your metabolism starts to slow down which makes putting on weight a lot easier, and the thought of exercise can more daunting. Having a good balanced diet will ensure you’re getting all of the nutrition you need, and being active will be more enjoyable and less stressful.

Here at Retirement Security, we have a range of retirement properties across the UK. With transparent costs and a professional team, we’re dedicated to helping you find the right property for your needs, ensuring your retirement is a comfortable one. For more information get in touch today.

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