There has been a growing government policy emphasis on promoting independence for older people, offering them choices, and improving their quality of life.
Retirement villages appear to serve current governement agendas very well, as they offer purposefully designed barrier-free housing with its associated autonomy, a range of facilities and activities that are not care related which generate opportunities for informal and formal social activity and engagement, alongside a range of care and support services that can respond quickly and flexibly to a range of care needs over time.
Comparative Evaluation finds:
- Evidence shows very clearly that older people see retirement villages as a positive choice. They are particularly attracted by the combination of independence and security, as well as opportunities for social engagement and an active life.
- The size of retirement villages (sometimes more than 100 dwellings) allows certain economies of scale and the development of facilities and care services that would not be viable in smaller developments.
- Mixed-tenure developments may be one way of extending the accessibility of schemes to older people with a wide range of levels and types of income.
- Affordability may be an issue for those who are self-funding their own care. Offering older home-owners opportunities to rent their homes may allow some to release their housing equity to assist with paying for care services.
- Retirement villages play an important role in promoting health and well-being among older people. Flexible on-site care services can assist residents as their care needs change, and may promote early hospital discharge and reduce the need for hospital admission.
- Retirement villages can help address the current shortage of homes suitable for later life, by developing housing that is purposefully designed to meet the current and future housing needs of older people, as well as releasing significant numbers of under-occupied properties for use by the wider community.
- Retirement villages also provide employment opportunities for the wider community, and increase the viability of local services and facilities.
In Warwickshire, Retirement Villages are situated at:
|Retirement Villages||Location||Contact Details|
|Richmond Coventry Village||Bedworth||Telephone: 02476 645544||Web: http://www.richmond-villages.com/|
|Town Thorns||Rugby||Telephone: 01344 620191||Web: http://www.ben.org.uk/|
|Sunrise Senior Living Of Solihull||Solihull||Telephone: 0121 701 2700||Web: http://www.sunrise-care.co.uk|
|Also more information available from:”Making the case for retirement villages” – Joseph Rowntree Foundation ( http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/making-case-retirement-villages )|