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Retirement Villages, Home Care and Aged Care Guide for Australian Seniors

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Retirement Villages, Home Care and Aged Care Guide for Australian Seniors


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This website is a resource for Australian seniors and their families, where you can find information and get the facts about retirement villages (including manufactured home villages and rental villages), home care and aged care and then find and review the best retirement villages, home care services and aged care homes in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC), Western Australia (WA), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT).

So if you want to learn about all aspects of retirement living, seniors housing and care for seniors in Australia - you've come to the right place.

Retirement Villages, Communities and Homes

When we refer to retirement villages, we mean managed communities for seniors that fall into the following categories:

  1. retirement villages for the over 55's
  2. manufactured home villages for the over 50's
  3. rental villages for the over 50's.

Each of the above categories is subject to different State legislation and involves different legal structures. The financial arrangements can include an initial ingoing capital contribution, ongoing recurrent charges and a unique fee, called a departure fee, exit fee, deferred management fee or DMF, which is paid when the resident permanently vacates the premises. The age criteria are often not as rigid as they sound.

Retirement villages may also be called retirement homes, retirement communities, retirement resorts, retirement estates, lifestyle villages, lifestyle communities, lifestyle resorts, over 55s villages or over 50s villages, but they will usually fall into one of the above categories.

Retirement villages generally offer accommodation that is referred to as "independent living units" or "self care units" (which may offer a range of personal services, if required) or "serviced apartments" (which include a package of personal services as part of the contractual arrangements).

To better understand retirement villages, please see the following pages in our Retirement Villages Guide for more detailed information:

  1. Retirement Villages Guide
  2. Why Are Retirement Villages So Complicated, Confusing And Controversial?
  3. Financial Considerations
  4. How Are Retirement Village Departure Fees Calculated?
  5. What Are Retirement Village Departure Fees For?
  6. Departure Fee Calculator
  7. Top Ten Tips
  8. Rental Accommodation
  9. Pets
  10. Legislation

When you have all the information you need, you can then search our Retirement Village Directory to find a home to buy or rent.

Independent Living Products and Services

A rapidly expanding range of specialized products and services are available for seniors. It's just a matter of finding them!

Our Products & Services Directory lists products and services that are particularly relevant to seniors. The listings include website links and contact details, so you can find and review relevant products and services from the comfort of your own home. Many of these products and services can be arranged or ordered online or over the phone and delivered to your door. Some may also be available at a retail outlet that you can visit.