Moving to a retirement village

What are “Mind blocks” about moving into Clare House Retirement Village?


There is absolutely no doubt that moving to a retirement village is a significant decision and one that no-one makes lightly. There is a myriad of glossy advertising to wade through enticing you to make that move, however, at the end of the day it needs to be a decision that you have made having reviewed all the facts and information before you.


Retirement villages are a fabulous way of life and there would not be many retirement village operators around the country that would not have heard “I wish I had made the move earlier”, on more than one occasion.


So what are the most common “mind blocks” about moving to a retirement village?


The most common one is “I am not quite ready”. Ready looks different and is different to each person. Retirement village living is not about entering an institution where your independence is taken away; it is the exact opposite. Retirement village living provides you with the environment to enjoy life without the concerns and worry of maintaining your own home. By moving to a retirement village the biggest decisions that you will have to make are all about you!


The second most common mind block is “what will my family and friends think?” You may be surprised to know that more often than not friends and family are supportive of your decision. Many a daughter or son has said, “I have wanted Mum or Dad to move in a retirement village sooner”. When you consider your time with your family, is it quality time or are they rushing around doing things for you that allow you to stay in your own home? Retirement village living allows you to have quality time with your family because there is not that list of jobs for family to do – be it vacuuming or mopping the floor, cleaning the leaves from your gutter, bringing in the fire wood or mending that leak under the sink. Enjoy having lunch out or that visit to the museum instead.


The last most common mind block is “I will lose touch with my community”. Living in a retirement living is just a change of address. All of Clare House Retirement Village residents are encouraged to maintain contact with their community. Be this attending Age Concern, Probus, or bridge club. What better way to spend the day than with friends at bridge and to come home to a hot meal. Maintaining community contacts is very important as it keeps the mind agile and ensures an element of routine is maintained. You are always welcome to bring your community to Clare House and utilise the lounge for meetings.


Clare House staff wish to make your move to our village as smooth and as stress free as possible. As Winston Churchill said “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”. Let Clare House be that right direction.