What’s the difference between aged care and retirement living?

If you’re beginning to search for retirement villages or aged care options for yourself or a loved one, it can be overwhelming. It’s important to consider the level of care you require or are expecting, what services you are looking for, and to understand the difference between retirement living and aged care. In this article, we cover the key differences and considerations to help you find the best option for you, or your loved one. 

Retirement living

Retirement living offers independence, convenience and socialisation, and is ideal for those who have a higher level of independence and require minimal care. Retirement living apartments offer low maintenance accommodation while allowing you to feel right at home with spacious living, kitchen and dining and bedrooms. A range of lifestyle programs and events are on offer within retirement villages to create community connections and opportunities to socialise. 

It’s important to feel safe and secure in your new home. At Evergreen Life Care, we are one of the only Central Coast retirement villages that provide a concierge service team who are always on-hand to help you with day-to-day tasks and provide 24/7 emergency assistance if needed. All apartments are equipped with an emergency response system for your peace of mind.

Convenience is key, so retirement villages offer many amenities and services right on your doorstep including a cafe, community centre and transport. 

Aged care homes

An aged care home offers higher levels of care if you or a loved one needs more support. They cater to a wide range of care requirements and are often eligible for government funding. There can be a range of room offerings available, including single rooms or double rooms for those with partners. There are still plenty of opportunities for socialising, but in aged care it is offered in a more supportive environment. 

At Evergreen Life Care, Yallambee Lodge offers a leisure and lifestyle program. With music and dancing, our “Moove & Groove” program is ideal, promoting improved memory function and mood-boosting social engagement. 

Essential services are also available, including an onsite hairdresser, library and podiatrist. 

It’s important to understand the level of care your aged care home offers. At Evergreen Life Care, we believe in personalised care plans, and offer peace of mind with 24-hour support.  

Which one is right for you or your loved one?

Some of the benefits of moving into either an aged care facility or retirement village include: 

  • Increased social engagement
  • Greater connection with community
  • Access to additional services if needed
  • Safe and secure, 24-hour care or concierge services
  • A supportive environment that promotes activity 

Before you decide which option is right for you or your loved one, consider your level of care requirements. Take a tour of the retirement village or aged care lodge to get to know the staff and community. If you are considering an aged care home, you might want to book a short respite stay, which is a great way to get to know the aged care home and smoothly transition into care. 

Do you need support searching for the right care option? 

We’re here to help if you would like to learn more about retirement living and aged care options here at Evergreen Life Care. Our Central Coast retirement village offers retirement living in Yallambee Village and aged care within Yallambee Lodge. Book a tour, take a virtual tour or get in touch with our team. We look forward to meeting you and your family.