Entering into a Village

The decision to move into a retirement village is a big commitment, but one that more than 15,000 South Australians have made. It’s important that you carefully consider the lifestyle that you are seeking and the options available to you when looking at retirement village living.

You will need to consider what your needs and personal preferences and some key questions are likely to emerge. For example, you should give thought to:

  • the type of accommodation you want to live in (whether it’s a villa, apartment or serviced apartment)
  • if it’s an accredited village
  • where the village is located and if it has access to aged care facilities
  • the costs and fees
  • the activities and services at each village
  • if there are places such as libraries, churches and recreation facilities nearby

We highly recommend that you visit a number of retirement villages and speak to their village manager and sales staff. Feel free to visit them more than once if you need to and ask if they will allow you to talk to some of the residents or members of the resident committee.

Make sure you clearly understand your rights and obligations, the financial arrangements and compare fees and charges.

Use the Retirement Village Checklist as a way to record details of the village and to ask the right questions.

It is important you seek the right independent financial and legal advice, do your research and be assured you will have no trouble finding the right retirement village to suit you.

The Office for the Ageing have developed a handbook Information for residents and prospective residents of a Retirement Village. We encourage you to read this handbook as it gives you a comprehensive outline of the decisions you need to make when deciding to move into a Retirement Village.

When you have entered into a Retirement Village you can also access Home Care programs and services to assist you in staying in your Village longer. Click here to search for Home Care programs and services.

Click here to search for a Village.