The Ideal Age to Move into Retirement Homes

Last modified on July 11th, 2023

seniors gathering together

You can start planning your retirement at Centennial Living any time you want, but the big question is – at what age should you actually move into a retirement community facility? Typically speaking, a health crisis, loss of independence or death of a partner is usually the catalyst for an individual moving into a retirement home. The lifestyle choice is often an easy decision to make, as the advantages it provides a potential resident are immeasurable. Amenities, services and social opportunities are a major draw card, as well as access to health and wellbeing assistance. 

According to the Retirement Villages Act 1986:

  • most residents are 55 years or older or are retired from full-time employment (or are spouses/partners of such people)
  • residents receive accommodation and services, other than services provided in a residential care or aged care facility, and
  • at least one of the residents, as a contractual condition of entering the retirement village, paid an ingoing contribution that was not rent. It doesn’t matter who made that payment, or whether it was a lump sum or by instalments.


What are residents of Centennial Living really like?

To help make the decision about when the best time to move into a retirement home is, learning about the diversity of our community may be of assistance. Our residents at Centennial Living come from all walks of life, and have varied reasons for moving into one of our villages. There are people with backgrounds as teachers, CEOs, professors, engineers, artists, business owners, nurses, and just about any job you can think of. The age of our residents also varies dramatically. From 55-100 years of age, there are people who will have different degrees of functional cognition and physical ability. No matter what age you decide to move into a facility, you won’t be stuck for interesting conversation and lots of friendships to make. The average age of retirement village residents is approximately 84 years of age, with a mix of couples and singles. Interestingly, most of the residents in seniors living facilities are women, and most of them make the move between the age of 75-85. 


Things to consider when looking for a Seniors Living Community

At Centennial Living, you won’t need to worry about giving up too much of your independence, nor will you have to complete strenuous tasks that you’re finding more challenging as you get older. Your quality of life will be maintained, and in some instances it will be boosted. When you’re looking for a retirement village to call home and deciding when you should move, there are a few things you may want to consider:

• Your mobility and accessibility needs

• Social and lifestyle aspects that will change

• Requirements for assistance with everyday tasks

• How independent you are and want to be

• What your existing quality of life looks like

• Changes that may need to be made to your living arrangement

• Location of facilities in relation to family and friends

• Cost of a retirement home

• The finer details of apartments and villas

• What amenities and facilities do you require

• Medical assistance and existing health complications


Visit Centennial Living’s assisted living villages in Melbourne today

Knowing when it’s the right time to move into a retirement village can be tricky. At Centennial Living, we have a lot of different options when it comes to your living arrangements. There’s no reason why you can’t spend your later years as relaxed as possible while staying connected with those around you in a very popular retirement home community. 

To learn more about life with Centennial Living, don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can reach out to us today by calling  1300 098 000 or leaving an enquiry via our contact form.