The retirement industry has finally recognized this in a world where the customer is the queen/ king. Compared to the earlier retirement homes that provided only the basics to the residents, today, the retirement industry has undergone a positive change designed around the needs and requirements of their primary customers, the senior community.
The much-needed change has come about due to two main reasons:
- The increasing awareness in people regarding themselves and their health due to the easy access to information and choices via the internet.
- Retirement is now becoming a choice rather than being accepted as a norm.
As the world and its priorities and needs changed, the retirement industry and the facilities in retirement villages in North Shore, Sydney.
The pertinent changes in trends in the retirement communities around the world and
especially in the retirement village in NSW:
1. Impact of technology:
We all are witnesses to and end-users of the progress courtesy the modern technology and its dynamic progression. None of us is untouched and unaffected by technology, including the senior citizens. Today’s retirement homes provide the facility of internet access with computers, tablets, personal health monitors, and more through which the residents stay well-versed and connected with the world. Personal health monitoring gadgets help track vital statistics, which automatically update the residents’ individual medical and health profiles. Every room is fitted with automated sensory alarm systems, alerting the staff in case of emergencies or mishaps.
2. Easier accessibility:
More and more retirement communities are becoming mindful of their residents’ growing demands and changing needs in terms of quality living, inclusive of entertainment, shopping, various activities, and fine dining. This understanding is why retirement communities align their services with the residents’ desires and expectations. Easy access to shopping centres, theatres, restaurants, shopping malls/centres, cab services, etc.
3. Focus on healthcare:
Many retirement villages in NSW Sydney have better access to healthcare facilities specifically designed for seniors. In-house medical rooms are staffed by trained medical care personnel who conduct regular medical check-ups of the residents. Villages also have dedicated on-call doctors, specialists, and physiotherapists with direct connectivity with emergency services and hospitals in case of emergencies. The healthcare plan also includes health-related essential activities like a dietician, healthy food, yoga, gyms with professional trainers, meditation teachers, and spa facilities. The homes understand the value of life and health and actively encourage their residents to participate. A daily exercise routine is a mandatory activity for the residents in some homes.
4. Resident-friendly architecture:
Increased awareness also brings forth the availability of earlier ignored basics. Building premises are now planned to keep in mind the limitations that are a part of aging that make movement and accessibility to facilities constricted and difficult. Now the retirement communities are planned thoughtfully with the help of modern design principles to make the place more welcoming, comfortable, and safer. There are more open spaces with well-maintained gardens, walkways, brighter and airier rooms, and common areas with natural sunlight and breeze. Every room is senior citizen-friendly with well-placed supports, skid-free flooring, bathrooms, rounded furniture corners, an alarm system, etc.
5. Mental health:
The world has woken up to the importance of mental health and understands how a healthy mind impacts the quality and longevity of life. The atmosphere of retirement living in Sydney is full of warmth, caring, and cheerfulness with a well-trained, compassionate staff and personal care staff. It offers many activities and opportunities for the seniors to engage themselves with and pursue. The active lifestyle in a friendly atmosphere with fellow residents promotes a healthy mind, leading to a healthier and happier individual. The atmosphere in the retirement villages is very comfortable with the feeling of an extended family. After all, this is their home now, and homes are meant to be welcoming, secure, and comfortable.
For this reason, many villages allow pets to stay with the residents. Pets are the biggest stress relievers, and the villages understand and value the value of a pet for their owner. Some retirement villages have dedicated pet play areas and walking trails with planned programs involving pets.
6. Community service:
To keep the seniors connected with the outside world, the villages offer community services opportunities that the residents can volunteer for various causes. Many retirement villages also encourage children’s visits to spend time with the residents. It is a well-researched and documented fact that senior citizens who are alone and away from their families feel lonely and sad. Their participation in activities with the children encourages improved health and calmer countenance.
The changes mentioned made a remarkable difference in the perception of a retirement village life and its quality and longevity. The world is constantly opening up to new possibilities contributing to the value of life.