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How Do You Want To Live Your Life?

Mark Gale

Mark Gale

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Lifestyle

Fewer everyday cares and worries mean you can concentrate on having fun

Enjoying a fulfilling retirement isn’t just about where you live. How you live plays an equally important role when it comes to getting the most out of what ought to be an extremely rewarding time of life.

This is why creating an environment that allows its homeowners to live life to the full is at the heart of every service and property that McCarthy & Stone provides.

There are three development options: Lifestyle Living, Retirement Living and Retirement Living PLUS. Each offers low-maintenance properties, with thoughtful and future-proof features and amenities, with varying levels of support, that let homeowners focus on doing the things they enjoy the most.

 

Lifestyle Living

Lifestyle Living developments are age-exclusive luxurious homes in desirable locations throughout the country aimed at people who are 55-plus. You can take your pick of rural and coastal retreats, stylish city-centre apartments and smart homes in bustling market towns.

Homeowners enjoy total privacy, with the freedom to come and go as they please – with the confidence that comes from knowing their home is safe and secure thanks to high-level security features including door-camera entry and even gated car parking at some developments.

Meanwhile, for Lifestyle Living and Retirement Living developments, McCarthy & Stone Management Services (MSMS) looks after exterior maintenance and gardening. This frees up time for homeowners to spend on developing their hobbies and interests, and getting to know their neighbours.

 

Retirement Living

Retirement Living is about combining independence with complete peace of mind. These developments boast beautiful and spacious apartments close to amenities, with a luxurious homeowners’ lounge for socialising.

Designed with the over- 60s in mind, each one has its own house manager – a friendly face who takes care of practical matters while helping to facilitate the shared social activities that homeowners can take part in if they wish to.

These might include wine evenings, bridge clubs, games nights, tai chi, flower arranging and pamper days. Homeowners can also choose to get involved with these types of activities at Retirement Living PLUS developments.

Developments often offer a guest suite for visitors wishing to stay overnight. Door-camera entry comes as standard, but with the added security of a 24-hour emergency call system. 

 

Retirement Living Plus 

With Retirement Living PLUS developments, homeowners are entitled to all the benefits of Retirement Living developments but with the additional advantages of 24-hour staffing, an on-site restaurant or bistro, domestic assistance and, if and when required, personal care.

There are no “one size fits all” care packages – the care provided is tailored to each homeowner’s particular wants and needs. Some domestic assistance each week is built into the annual service charge, and for many homeowners that’s enough.

But they can also benefit from as much or as little extra assistance as they feel necessary, with tailor-made care packages that allow support to be increased or reduced at any stage.

In these Retirement Living PLUS developments, an estate manager acts as the eyes and ears, making sure day-to-day life runs smoothly. Meanwhile, Your Life Management Services – the equivalent of MSMS – takes care of exterior maintenance and gardening. 

As well as practical help such as accompanying homeowners to hospital or GP appointments and picking up groceries, companionship services can provide support to homeowners when they are out and about. 

 

You’re Welcome, Pet

Anyone who has experienced the great joy of sharing their home with a much-loved pet will know that our four-legged friends really do become important members of the family.

This can be especially so with older people. Caring for a pet gives retirees a sense of purpose and structure to their day, and allows them to maintain a caring and nurturing role, even if they live alone.

Having a pet can also help with general social interactions and breaking the ice. After all, who can resist stopping to pat a friendly dog and having a chat with the owner? And of course, musing over the personality of a pet cat or discussing a shared love of these animals can provide great talking points.

Little wonder, then, that for many people considering moving into a retirement development, whether they are permitted to bring their doted-upon cat or faithful dog with them plays a big part in their decision- making process.

McCarthy & Stone fully appreciates just how important this relationship is, which is why it is happy to welcome a well-behaved pet to live with you in your new home under its pet-friendly policy. (Terms and conditions apply.)

To find out more about current retirement properties for sale across the country, click here.

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