It’s a simple fact that retirement villages and residential aged care are just not the same thing. Retirement villages and residential aged care facilities are designed for people at different stages of life and with very different needs.
They both provide accommodation for older Australians but that’s where the similarities end.
Retirement villages are made up of private homes and usually offer a range of shared facilities for recreation and relaxation, including pools, community centres, gymnasiums and sports facilities such as bowling greens or tennis courts. They often also have spaces for doctors, physiotherapists, hairdressers and other ‘come to you’ services.
Unlike retirement villages where you may or may not require additional care or support, residential aged care provides accommodation, health care and support services to seniors requiring round-the-clock supervision and assistance.