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On the list of must-haves for any retiree will always be on-site care facilities. Retirees need to ask the right questions, and ensure they’re getting what they need… and are paying for.

In-home care

Generally speaking, the medical care, nursing staff and management are outsourced to professional service providers such as MyCare and TotalCare, but equally, there’s a greater focus on in-home care.

It’s not only believed to be a healthier option for residents to remain in their homes while cared for – retaining that all-important independence – but it’s obviously less costly for the developer and therefore the residents.

Leigh-Anne Aitken is a director at MyCare and is well aware of the care concerns of retirees, in particular as to when or whether care facilities will be built. “We don’t believe in a frail-care centre per se, but the option to have home-based care, overseen by a registered nurse based in the care centre. The care centre is much smaller than traditional frail care, but we have doctor’s consulting rooms, where, for example, an audiologist visits one day a week.”

Accessible medical facilities for all

It’s also making good financial sense for developments to have on-site medical facilities which are available to those outside of the retirement development.

It’s impossible to predict the care needs of residents at any one time, so allowing others to access the facilities – while prioritising residents’ care – certainly spreads the financial load.

Full care

And then there are developments which provide full medical care. Here you’ll get everything from frail-care units and assisted-living units, to specialised Alzheimer and dementia care and nurses on 24-hour call.

For many retirement villages, the ability for a retiree to be able to call for medical assistance is standard.

Preventative health care

For many, health-promoting facilities are important. Whether it’s long boardwalks through nature, cycling and hiking routes, yoga, gym or swimming pools – these matter.

Particularly today, when developments are billed for over 50s and over 55s, who are relatively young people with many years of good health ahead of them – they want facilities in which to ensure that longevity.