What is it Like Moving into a Retirement Village?

Whether you’re approaching the end of full-time work or you’ve been enjoying it for a while, retirement often carries the misconception that you’re slowing down and doing less.

While you certainly enjoy the freedom created by doing less work, in reality, retirement is a perfect time to do as much as you like. Ask any of the residents at a Teman community, and they’ll likely tell you the same thing:

With less maintenance, housework, and daily commuting on the calendar, you’ll find more time to spend with new and old friends, pursue your passions, catch up with family, and explore the world around you.

Catherine, one of our resident’s daughters, can’t speak highly enough:

“My widowed father lives there, and I visit him as often as I can. I am happy that he lives in a wonderful place, where everyone looks out for each other! He is doing more activities than me, and I feel happy he is in a safe happy place. Enjoy your new venture!”

But the idea of moving into a lifestyle village can often seem daunting, draining, or outright difficult, and there are scores of questions we receive about the process and experience.

You might be wondering things like:

  • How do I downsize?
  • What’s it like to move in?
  • How do I make friends?
  • What is it like living in a retirement village?
  • How active and social can I be?

While there are quick answers to some frequently asked questions over on our FAQ page, sometimes it’s best to hear from people who have already begun their next chapter.

many activities at retirement villages, full of like minded people

Downsizing

Many of us find that as we get older, we accumulate a lot of possessions, and our homes become cluttered. Downsizing to a smaller, more manageable living space can be a daunting prospect, but it can also be incredibly liberating.

Just ask Ann, who recently discovered just how freeing it was to sell or donate “boxes and boxes” of items that she’d moved around with over the years.

“As each batch went,” she recalls, “I felt more liberated. Able to start a new existence with reduced clutter.”

Ann’s husband, Rick, also enjoyed freeing up time spent on maintenance:

“There was always something to do in the house, maintaining it. We would have had to spend a lot more money refurbishing it. We also couldn’t make the kitchen any bigger.”

Now the pair are living happily in their new home, with so much more time and money to spend on the things they truly care about. You can read more about Rick and Ann’s experience here.

Moving in

The thought of moving to a new home can be overwhelming, but moving into a retirement village is often easier than you might think.

At Teman, we strive to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Our friendly team is on hand to help with any questions or concerns you may have, and our Village Managers ensure that everything runs smoothly.

We also understand the importance of choosing local people to manage our communities, so you can rest assured that you’ll be looked after by someone who knows the area.

When it comes to the logistical side of things, there are plenty of removalist companies operating in the areas where our communities are based. Many of them are familiar with our communities, too, and they’ll do all the heavy lifting for you.

And if you’d rather have friends or family help out instead, that’s completely fine as well.

Regardless of who’s packing, make sure you don’t forget your furry friend’s favourite toys and bed, because all Teman communities are pet friendly.

Can i bring my pet to a retirement village. At Teman communities you can.

Making Friends

One of the biggest concerns for those considering a move to a retirement village is the fear of being isolated and lonely. Many of our current residents initially had this same worry, before discovering the exact opposite.

Take Bob Southern, for example, who overheard laughter while having breakfast on his very first morning in his new home, where he “didn’t know anybody.”

He recalls wandering over to find a group playing a game called disc bowls, and they immediately called out and invited him to join in, which he describes as “the best thing ever.”

18 years later, Bob is still playing disc bowls weekly, and now coordinates the games to help people build new friendships and establish new ones. And Bob’s story is just one of hundreds.

Our residents often comment in surprise at the sense of camaraderie they feel living in their new communities. Our response?

There are no strangers here. Just friends you haven’t met yet.

Being active and social

With each of our communities thoughtfully designed to promote an active and social lifestyle, our residents love the ability to make new friends, take part in new and familiar activities, and discover new interests.

Why? Because we believe that retirement is a time for growth, connection, and joy, and we’re proud to offer a retirement living experience that helps our residents do just that.

So whether you’re into bowls, cycling, golf, and swimming, or arts, reading, the cinema, and trivia – there’s always something to do in a Teman community.

And when it comes to social activities, Lindsay and Judy have found immense value in not only having the time to spend with their family and existing friends, but plenty of new ones, too:

“We have what we call ‘Grub in the Pub,’ which is a visit to one of the local hotels, and once a month we take a bus trip out to the local vineyards, or down to the lake. We also often go to barbecue raffles, bowls days, and sausage sizzle – there are lots of social activities within our village.”

Gathering with friends for a cheese and wine afternoon at a retirement village Ridge Estate by Teman in Gillieston Heights NSW

Village Life

Living in a retirement village offers a unique and valuable experience for people looking for a fulfilling and engaging lifestyle.

With a wide range of activities and amenities available, you can easily tailor your day-to-day routines to suit your interests and preferences.

But the flexibility you’ll enjoy with more time to spend on the things and people you love isn’t the only bonus of moving into a lifestyle village. At Teman, we recognise that our families bring us a huge amount of enrichment, fun, and companionship.

That’s why we encourage you to invite your family and friends to visit, and they’re more than welcome to use the facilities too.

Rick and Ann’s grandchildren, who absolutely “love Grandma and Grandad’s village,” seem to be making the most of this policy.

“They visit all the time,” Rick says. “Any facilities that we’re allowed to use, the family can come and enjoy.”

Living better

Moving into a lifestyle village can provide a comfortable, active, and social lifestyle that’s completely tailored to your preferences and needs as you approach retirement.

With so many options for how you might spend your days and evenings, the only constant seems to be that you’ll have more free time, and more opportunities to choose from. Lindsay’s advice if you’re considering the move?

“Don’t hesitate. It’s the best thing that my wife and I have done.”

Life’s good, and it’s even better here

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.