Sometimes it's good to know you have support
One of the best parts of retirement is having the freedom to spend more time with your friends, family and loved ones.
That's why retirement villages and our developments are becoming increasingly popular. At both a retirement village and a McCarthy Stone retirement community, you can keep your independent lifestyle and still be part of a supportive community of like-minded people where extra help is available, should it be required.
However, people often do ask ‘what is a retirement village?’ as the term itself can suggest a few things. What’s more, a retirement village is similar in some ways to a McCarthy Stone development. In both cases, you'll have:
- A secure, self-contained property.
- Shared spaces and gardens that are professionally maintained.
- A little extra help and support if you ever need it.
- A community of friendly neighbours, where you can mix and socialise as much or as little as you like.
So what is a retirement village?
Retirement villages in the UK are usually large-scale developments of up to 250 homes. Often, they’re built outside towns and are designed as complete neighbourhoods. They often come with a range of internal services, such as a health club, a café, a swimming pool and a pub.
For some people, it's a convenient option, and many residents like having a range of facilities within a self-contained development. But, others might not like the idea of relying too much on just what's on offer in the village, and they may feel like their distance away from a town centre might make it harder to visit friends and family outside of the community.
What are the benefits of living in a retirement village?
Usually, those who live in retirement villages consider the following to be the main benefits on offer:
- Flexibility – being able to live independently and having the ability to come and go from your retirement property as you please.
- Facilities – having access to communal areas including restaurants, gyms, lounges and gardens.
- Community – making new friends with fellow homeowners and being able to socialise in and out of the retirement village.
- Security – having peace of mind in knowing the retirement village is safe and secure and protected by 24-hour security systems.
- Support – being able to access different levels of care, even when one person in a couple may require more support than another.
- Visitation – having the option for family and friends to visit and potentially stay over in a guest suite.
- Maintenance – not having to worry about maintaining the grounds or dealing with any repairs to your property.
It’s important to note that due to the similarities between retirement villages and our developments, a number of the above can also be found with McCarthy Stone. However, it’s also important to understand that all retirement villages are different and won’t necessarily offer the same levels of care, support or facilities like those mentioned above.
How is a McCarthy Stone Development Different?
Our retirement communities are typically built in well-connected central locations, and our smaller-sized communities of around 40 properties make it easier for us to give the right level of personal care and support.
Instead of providing our own pubs and cafés, we build properties that are either in, or close to, town centres, so you can easily visit and meet people both inside and outside the development. This way, you'll have a full range of shops, restaurants and public transport within easy reach.
As a result, 91% of our customers have told us they have good access to local amenities  and nine out of 10 customers say their new property has improved their quality of life .
What if I Need Some Extra Help?
With a Lifestyle Living development, you’ll receive:
- A secure, self-contained property that you own, rent or Part Buy Part Rent.
- A high level of security, with door camera entry, a fire detection system and, at selected developments, a gated car park.
- Communal areas to socialise and meet new people.
- A private outdoor space or balcony.
- All the gardening and exterior maintenance taken care of.
- A 24-hour emergency call system.
- A friendly House Manager who's on-site during office hours.
- A guest suite for visitors to stay in.
- WIFI in shared areas.
- DBS checked staff who are on-hand to help.
If you’d like even more support, then in a Retirement Living PLUS property, you'll also get:
- An Estate Management team that's on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- One hour of help around the house each week as standard provided by our in-house YourLife Management Services (YLMS) team. All of our staff are DBS checked and YLMS is registered with the CQC.
- A flexible level of personal care, so you only pay for what you need, when you need it.
- A table service restaurant that's open every day.
At our Retirement Living PLUS developments, we have around 5,000 homeowners and 1,200 members of staff , which makes us the largest provider of new housing each year and the largest private operator in the sector, delivering 35,000 hours of care and support each month  .
We pride ourselves on making a profound difference to the lives of our customers, so if you'd like to own a luxury home with the same feeling of community and independence as a retirement village in the UK – but with all the convenience of being close to a town centre – start your search for a retirement property today.
What is the best option?
After you get an understanding of the answer to the question ‘what is a retirement village?’, the follow up is usually around which retirement accommodation option would be best for you. The reality is that there’s no simple answer to this and it does very much depend on your own unique preferences and circumstances.
So, if you’re still not sure, you can get in touch with the team here at McCarthy Stone and we’ll be happy to explain more about what we offer with our developments to help you make an informed decision.
 Homeowners survey (2017)
 Survey of homeowners by the NHBC and HBF (2017)
 Figures correct as of 31 May 2019
 Figures correct as of 31 May 2019