Retirement villages are residential, multi-unit complexes designed for people aged 55 years or older which also offer a range of health, leisure and support services.

The majority of villages are ‘campus’ style with single-level villas occupying spacious landscaped grounds. Villages may include recreational and medical facilities, such as community halls, tennis courts, bowling greens, and rooms for visiting doctors or allied health professionals.

Some retirement villages are on the same site as aged care facilities and others are not – please be sure to check, if this is of a major concern for you, in your decision making process.

The majority of village residents live in ‘independent living units’ (ILU’s). Retirement village residents generally live quite independently and are not frail or dependent on staff.

However, retirement villages are designed for seniors, so they include accessibility features such as gentle slopes (no stairs), grab rails in the bathroom, and emergency call buttons. Some retirement village residents have additional assistance through paid help (eg a cleaner) or community care packages, but they do not need daily help with dressing, bathing or cooking.

Retirement Villages are regulated by government legislation designed to protect residents’ rights. For further information on the legislation that applies within your State or Territory, please visit Seniors Living – Seniors Care.

For further information, please see the section on Retirement Villages on our website.

Please use our Business Directory Search facility to find ‘Retirement Villages’ in your local area.