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The base level of care offers the most independence but with a number of special features that will appeal to older homebuyers. With wellbeing and healthcare on the up, many people enjoy excellent health and mobility for many years after retirement and don't need to rely on or pay for lifestyle assistance as they can easily maintain their own independent life.
In a Retirement Living development there are a few basic facilities that make life easier and provide peace of mind. In apartment blocks there will usually be a lift to all floors - no matter how spritely we may feel generally, there will always be times when we might not fancy tackling several flights of stairs. Electrical sockets in properties are fitted at a convenient height to minimise the amount of bending required. There is also a 24-hour emergency call facility on hand to call assistance if needed.
You can expect to find a House Manager, someone who is in overall charge of the development and able to answer queries and resolve problems as and when they occur. The development will also provide a residents' lounge which will act as the social hub, a place to go to meet friends, enjoy a coffee or take part in social events.
There will often be a guest suite, which can accommodate friends and family when they come to stay if you are unable to put them up yourself. It's usually an en suite apartment with kitchen facilities offering your guests some independence too.
The development may also provide other useful amenities such as a laundry room for residents to use.