By Lesa Macpherson
This is Part 2 of our series dealing with the things to consider when selecting a Retirement Village, and entering into a Retirement Village Contract. For Part one click here.
13. Home Help and Aged Care is a vital consideration. Plan these sooner rather than later. What options are available?
14. Do you prefer new, or established accommodation? High Rise? A garden? Take time to view a variety of options. If possible look closely at floor plans and view lived in areas, not just a display unit.
15. Ask about the demographics of each option – does the age range of other occupants suit you?
16. If you are still partnered, would fees be manageable if you become single ( through separation or death)?
17. Can you maintain your own garden? How would the area be modified for your pet?
18. What’s covered in the MSF (Monthly Service Fees)? Do you pay for electricity, gas, water, internet separately? Are these shared, or are they individual costs?
19. Can you meet the on-site manager? Do you relate well? What involvement does the residents committee have? How are disputes resolved in the Village?
20. Is the security in the Village suitable for you?
21. What arrangements are in place for maintenance of:
b. Community Facilities;
c. Grounds/common areas.
22. Are meals or a dining area available?
23. When are Village staff on duty? How often is there a nurse on duty? Who responds to emergency call buttons? Are these provided?
24. Review amenities and services. For example – wheelchair access, physio, exercise and relaxation classes, gym equipment, pool, spa, hairdresser, men’s shed, library etc.
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