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Overview of retirement villages and residential care

If you, or a family member are thinking about moving into a retirement village, rest home, or need hospital-level care, this information will help you to make an informed choice.

Retirement villages are developments that are purpose built to cater for people over the age of 55 years.

Residential care for older persons is long-term and offered in the form of:

The most appropriate facility for you will depend on your individual needs.

Reasons to move to retirement villages and residential care

Some of the reasons people consider moving to a retirement village or residential care include:

When thinking about moving you need to consider some things such as:

Think carefully about what you need now, and what you may need in the future.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2019.

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