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What is a Retirement Village?

What is a Retirement Village?

What is a Retirement Village?

A retirement village is a purpose-built community which offers a range of accommodation, services and facilities to people who want a change in lifestyle to suit the next chapter of their lives.  Retirement villages tend to have a strong focus on community, lifestyle and convenient access to amenities including cafes, gyms, pools, communal dining areas and more. 

Typically retirement villages operate on a License to Occupy agreement which means the village operators are responsible for their upkeep. 

The advantage of this arrangement and retirement living itself can mean: 

  • No more worrying about insurance 
  • No lawn to mow 
  • No rates cost 
  • No paying for plumbing or electrical repairs

 For more information on how this works, read our guide on retirement living costs here.


Is retirement living like aged care?

It’s important to remember that retirement living isn’t aged care. Residential aged care homes (also referred to as nursing homes) are a residential setting in which residents have constant access to high levels of care. 

Retirement living communities are a place people move into to maintain their independence and keep living life on their terms.

Why do people move into retirement villages?

People move into retirement villages for choice and freedom. But what that means is different for every person.

 A move into retirement living could be for:

  • Better position: closer to families and friends.
  • Better location: near the beach, near shops/restaurants or to live more rurally.
  • A more manageable home: one that’s easier to maintain.
  • Financial freedom: spending less money on property and leaving more money in your back pocket.
  • Security: locking up a home and travelling without any concern
Retirement living

How much do retirement villages cost?

The costs in retirement villages vary based on size, location and amentities. 

For some clarity on how to navigate the costs of retirement village, read our guide here.

How do you choose the right retirement village?

There’s a lot to consider when looking for a retirement village that’s right for you. Discover some tips on how to choose the village that’s best for you here.

How do you downsize into a retirement village?

Making the move from a family home into a completely new lifestyle can be overwhelming. 

Visit our page on downsizing for more info here.



St Vincent’s Retirement Villages

While each of our retirement village communities is unique, they share a common welcoming and peaceful atmosphere. With us, you have the freedom to be as independent and involved as much or as little as you like. Relax in the privacy of your own home, take advantage of the many social activities on offer, or enjoy a shopping trip on our community bus — the choice is yours. 

We have 8 retirement villages across Queensland and New South Wales and a connection to home care, aged care and hospitals within those regions.  

For more information on St Vincent’s retirement living communities, or even to just chat to our team about the possibility of moving into a retirement village, call us on 1800 778 767.