Take a first step to carefree living

Oak Tree Hill Village residents having outdoor BBQ.

The decision to sell your family home and move into a retirement living community can be an emotional journey, but the lifestyle rewards on the other side can be vast.

Being well informed will help you make the right decision for your needs and circumstances.

Australia’s leading retirement living provider Aveo has created the convenient online First Steps Retirement Living Information Sessions, bringing together eight independent experts in their fields to share their insights.

The free to access series of videos offers advice on key topics such as downsizing and decluttering, selling the family home, and the financial and legal considerations of living in a retirement community.

In one of the videos, Director – Village Guru Rachel Lane suggests visiting several retirement villages to find the right community.

“Get the vibe of the community by doing the formal tour, then go back for the social events and chat to the residents,’’ Ms Lane says.

She says that while retirement villages are very different from residential aged care, you can receive extra services or have care delivered.

“When looking at communities, it is important to ask, ‘what happens if I need support?’ You may not need the services now but in the future,’’ she says.

Knowledge is key to your first steps to the retirement you deserve in a village suited to your needs. Then it’s your time to make new friends and have fun.

For more information about the range of services available at Aveo’s Melbourne communities, please call 13 28 36.

To access the First Steps information videos go to aveo.com.au/infosessions.

*facilities vary across communities