Another Reason Why People Decide to Move into a Retirement Village

As we approach retirement, many of us start thinking about how we will spend our time and where we will live.

We know that we want to be active and social, that we want to be able to do all of the things we currently enjoy, and that spending time with loved ones becomes a top priority.

While we find these things easy – often exciting – to talk about, we often struggle to bring up or even think about one of the other reasons that many decide to move into a lifestyle village for.

A caring environment

Conversations about what will happen to each other when one passes can be difficult.
None of us wants to dwell on our own mortality, let alone that of our partner.

However, it’s important to have these conversations early on, before they become necessary.

For Rick and Ann, residents of one of our Teman communities in WA, Lakeside in Ravenswood, this was one of the primary reasons they began the search for a new home.

Ann recalls worrying that, once either of them passed – “or pops the clogs” as she humorously terms it – she didn’t want the other person “isolated in suburbia, not knowing the neighbours, and feeling lonely.”

The pair have since enjoyed settling into their new home, making scores of friends, spending time with family, and trying out more activities than they can count.

On top of that, they now live with the added peace of mind that, when one of them passes, the other will be able to keep on doing all of the things that they love in a caring, supportive environment.

Losing a loved one

Losing a partner is one of the most challenging experiences that we can ever face.

It’s not just the loss of a person; it’s the loss of a way of life, a shared history, and future moments that will never be. The grief that follows can be overwhelming, and it can feel like it will never end.

Jacquie, another Teman resident, experienced this firsthand when her husband passed away shortly after they moved into the community.

Having lost her “best friend and soulmate,” Jacquie says living in the community was one of the only things that helped get her through such a hard time in her life.

“Without the support and the care of staff, management and the residents, it would have been exceedingly difficult. I’m just so pleased I’m here and not outside. My year would’ve been horrendous without it.”

Moving forward

Moving forward after the loss of a loved one can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that it’s possible.

For Jacquie, living in a Teman community was a crucial part of her healing process.

“The thing that surprised me the most about moving into the village was that it’s only a little community, but so full of friendly people.”

These people – her friends and the staff – supported Jacquie through this challenging time.

But they weren’t the only ones to support her during this difficult period – her beloved dog, Jemma, was always by her side.

“To me, having a pet is just so important. Having lost my husband just under a year ago, I don’t know how I would’ve survived without Jemma. I know from speaking to others in a similar position, it’s important to them too. They’re such good company.”

Our pets can be incredibly comforting during times of hardship, and studies have shown that spending time with animals can provide a sense of calm and companionship to those who are struggling with loss.

This is just one of the many reasons that all Teman communities are pet friendly.

We’re with you

Living in a community of like-minded people provides opportunities for social connection and support, which can be invaluable in the aftermath of a loss.

It’s important to find ways to honour and remember the person we have lost, while also finding ways to move forward and continue living a fulfilling life.

This can be challenging, but it’s often easier when we think about the people we’ll leave behind after our own passing, and the way that we’d want them to keep on living.

So no matter what stage of life you’re at – if you’re planning for the future or you’ve recently experienced loss – we’re with you every step of the way.

Life at Teman

Did you know we have Teman retirement villages across Australia? We are located in Cooranbong, Gillieston Heights, Cessnock, and Orange in New South Wales. Brisbane, Rockhampton, and Gladstone in Queensland. Perth and Ravenswood near Mandurah in Western Australia. If you’d like to know more about living in a Teman community, the benefits of a lifestyle village, or to preview our fantastic facilities, simply complete the form below and we’ll email you an information pack.