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Moving in Retirement – An Insight From Our Friary Meadow Homeowners

November 16, 2021
Moving in Retirement: Senior Couple Cooking Together

Are you considering moving in retirement?

There are many factors to consider when you retire, and where you decide to live is one of them. You’ll need to consider your family, financial arrangements, health and much more when you consider moving in retirement, and decide what’s right for you.

This week, we’ve spoken to three of our Friary Meadow homeowners to find out why moving in retirement was the right choice for them.

Staying Independent at Friary Meadow

When you’re heading into retirement, it’s important to consider how you can maintain your independence. Here at Friary Meadow, we support our homeowners to live independently for as long as possible as this can help to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.

One of our homeowners, Anthony Bray, lived alone for 13 years before he came to Friary Meadow. He’s still able to drive and live independently. 

Moving in retirement was something Anthony had been vaguely thinking about, but had no immediate plans to do. As he got older, he realised that he may need some assistance with day-to-day living – and this was his motivation for moving to a retirement home.

Here at Friary Meadow, our homeowners are supported to live independently, with a helping hand always available whenever they need it. This provides peace of mind for our homeowners and their families.

Now, as a homeowner at Friary Meadow, Anthony (89) enjoys living independently, whilst having plenty of opportunities to enjoy social activities with like-minded people.

Elderly couple out walking.

Moving in Retirement: Quality of Care

Another of our homeowners spoke to us about the quality of care within our community here at Friary Meadow. She explained that the care given is second to none: “If ever there’s a problem, they’re very prompt when it comes to getting a doctor or a nurse, or to help you themselves. The lady in charge is a qualified nurse too, so that’s really very helpful.”

Moving in Retirement: Staying Social

At Friary Meadow, all of our amenities are designed to help our homeowners retain their independence and socialise with each other. Our homeowner continued: “I’m a sociable person, and I love the social side. We meet up a lot – a group of us – and we all just get together and talk, and it’s lovely.”

Our cinema room is particularly popular; our residents often enjoy watching TV with their friends. We also have a cafe and restaurant where our homeowners can dine together and spend quality time catching up and having fun.

Moving in Retirement: Seniors socialising in a cafe

Moving in Retirement: Reassurance and Peace of Mind

Another of our homeowners decided to move to Friary Meadow with his partner as their home had become too large for them to maintain. They saw Friary Meadow advertised and, with no immediate family nearby to look after them, considered moving in retirement.

Pre-empting that one day in the future they might need help and support, they took the plunge and bought a house here. He said, “You’ve just got to push a button and somebody’s on-call straight away.” 

At Friary Meadow, it’s important to us that our residents can feel safe and secure in their homes, and that we strike a healthy balance between independent living and immediate on-call support.

We’d like to thank our homeowners for sharing their experiences with us.

If you’d like to know more about moving in retirement, why not read our previous blog on retirement lifestyle tips?

Alternatively, if you have any questions or would like to book a tour, please contact a member of our team.