In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of luxury retirement living and retirement villages with older adults across the UK.
Designed specifically for adults of retirement age and older, luxury retirement villages typically come with a wide range of exciting amenities, activities, and facilities for residents to enjoy, as well as the comfort and security of having 24/7 support, should it be needed.
While the concept of retirement villages is fairly new to the UK, the evidence on the health and wellbeing benefits they bring are making them an increasingly popular choice for older adults to not just enjoy their golden years, but embrace them and live them to the full.
In this blog, we’ll look at what an average day looks like in a retirement home, and explore some of the amenities and activities offered in luxury retirement living.
What is Luxury Retirement Living?
The allure of luxury retirement living has prompted a growing number of older adults to downsize and embrace a lifestyle that combines comfort, community, and convenience.
Retirement villages such as Santhem Residences provide not only a beautiful and luxurious way to fully embrace life in retirement, but the reassurance and peace of mind of having on-site support at hand should you ever need it. In fact, according to a report published by ARCO in November 2020, 70% of people stated that they would be interested in moving somewhere where support was available as an alternative to a standard care home.
In a retirement village, seniors are offered the opportunity to downsize from a larger family home to a more manageable space, which is designed with their needs and preferences in mind. This enables you to focus on enjoying life without the burdens of physical and financial maintenance. There is also the lure of having constant community connection and socialisation, helping to combat the concerns of loneliness and isolation, as well as the wealth of outstanding amenities and services to make daily life even more enjoyable and enriching.
Enjoying Your Days in a Retirement Community
Now, let’s look at what a typical day in a retirement village looks like.
Take in the Morning at Your Own Pace
Wake up in your beautiful home, which is fully fitted with a number of mod-cons and filled with the personal touches that makes it your home. Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee, take in the views of the grounds from your windows and make yourself a delicious breakfast in your fully fitted Hacker kitchen as you plan your day.
Catch Up With Friends
If you fancy having a more social start to your day, then enjoy meeting up with friends or neighbours over a hot cup of coffee in the café. The café is open all day and serves complimentary teas and coffees, not to mention a range of delicious home-baked cakes and pastries which are served in the afternoon. The comfy chairs and welcoming atmosphere provide the perfect spot to chat, make plans, and catch-up on each other’s news.
Nothing sets you up for the day better than a little exercise. After breakfast, head to the gym and treat your body and mind to some fitness. At Santhem, our gym is equipped with award-winning seated EGYM equipment that’s perfect for every age and fitness level, and the wellness team are on-hand to help if needed. You could even join in with one of the exhilarating fitness classes, such as our chair exercise class with the Wellness Coach.
Take in the Gardens
After your hard work in the gym, reward yourself with some rest and relaxation in our beautiful, landscaped gardens. The gardens provide a tranquil oasis and are ideal for basking in the sunshine, entertaining family, meeting up with friends, or taking part in some gardening yourself. You could even host your very own garden party on those special occasions.
Relax in the Library
Before heading back up to your home, why not have some time to yourself in the lounge or library? Pick out a quiet spot and get cosy reading the latest paperback or catch up with the day’s news with a newspaper. There are also plenty of comfy couches to enjoy.
Want to feel and look your best before your evening plans? Then a trip to the hair salon is in order. Book yourself an appointment and treat yourself to a fresh hairdo or a manicure and let our team of hair and beauty experts truly indulge you.
Time for Dinner
Now you look and feel wonderful, it’s time to meet with friends or welcome guests for dinner at The Fable. Our on-site restaurant is run by a passionate and accomplished chef, with a menu filled with tempting delicacies made with the highest quality ingredients. You’ll be spoilt for choice as you sample classic dishes with a modern twist that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.
The Perfect Way to End Your Day
After dinner, if you’re not quite ready to turn in for the night, head to our on-site cinema right on your doorstep. Help yourself to some popcorn, have a seat on a plush armchair and get lost in the magic of film. With something for everyone, you’ll love ending your days in our private cinema.
Luxury Retirement Living Your Way
Whatever your perfect day looks like, at Santhem, we’re here to help make it happen. This is your home, so if you’re in the mood to relax and unwind in your specially designed home, bask in the sunshine while you stroll around our beautiful landscaped grounds, or wine and dine while you catch up with friends, you’re in control.
If you’d like to find out more about luxury retirement living at Santhem Residences, then we would love to help. Get in touch with our friendly team and we can answer any questions you might have, and even arrange a tour.