How do I find the best retirement living provider?

Nearing retirement and dreaming of your new home and lifestyle? Retirement can be an exciting phase of life, but also a stressful one. Especially when there’s so many factors to consider when looking for the best retirement living provider. 

What to look for in a retirement living provider

The best retirement living villages offer both the practicality of a place to call home and peace of mind that you’ve got all the community services you’ll need to live a happy and fulfilled life in retirement.

We’ve put together a guide to the five things you should look for as you explore your options for retirement living on the Central Coast.

1. A location that suits your lifestyle

When reviewing retirement living providers, it’s important to consider the location and its surroundings. Ask yourself, is it close to the places I love to visit? Does it offer the right atmosphere for my lifestyle? Will I be social and active? Is it accessible with flat grounds? 

Our retirement living accommodation, Yallambee Village, is in an enviable retirement location in West Gosford that’s close to the freeway, train station, shopping centre and Gosford Hospital. It’s set on 13 acres of landscaped grounds, bordered by Narara Creek and Brisbane Water, and with views of distant hills. Because it’s tucked away but still close enough to everything you need, Yallambee Village suits all lifestyles — from quiet and contemplative, to active and social. And, unlike many other locations across the Central Coast, our beautiful grounds are flat with direct water access for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing. 

2. Affordable accommodation

Choosing a retirement living provider is not simply a lifestyle decision, it’s also a financial one. So it’s important to have open conversations with and plan your budget. Ensure that you and your family understand the upfront and ongoing expenses, as well as the services and other benefits that you’ll get for your investment.

Evergreen Life Care’s apartments and cottages feel like home and present great value for money on the Central Coast. We offer 149 modern, purpose-built independent living apartments and cottages, in a range of configurations. Living areas are spacious, bright and modern, with amenities designed specifically with you in mind. Our cottages include 1.5 bedrooms and flexible living spaces to suit your needs. Apartments boast an open plan lounge and living area, king-sized main bedroom and generous second bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, spacious bathroom, practical laundry, and storage area.

Additionally, our lower units have private courtyards and outdoor space where you can design your own gardens. Our upper units have balconies that offer water or tree vistas.

For more information on the pricing and availability of accommodation in Yallambee Village, please contact our friendly team.

3. A vibrant community

As we get older, we get more accustomed to convenience and want the comforts that a community offers closer to home. So, while your home has to feel good, it’s also important to understand what else is on offer outside your door. 

Yallambee Village makes it easier for you to enjoy an active and fulfilling social life without having to travel. In our Community Centre, the heart of our village, you’ll find the popular EverBean Café where you and your guests can enjoy coffee and cake, or lunch on delicious meals and daily specials. Grab your essentials from our mini grocery store or if you don’t feel like cooking or going out to eat, you can purchase our chef-made meals to take home.

The Community Centre also hosts a wide range of activities. Enjoy one of our regular events including barbecues, afternoon movies, wine and cheese tasting and choral society shows. Or, get creative with art classes, craft or sewing groups. Play cards, darts, indoor bowls or putt-putt golf. Explore books, puzzles and games in our cosy library. Log on in our technology centre, or head off on a fortnightly bus adventure.

4. 5-star services and support

When looking for a retirement living provider, get to know what local services you can take advantage of to make everyday life a little bit easier. 

Yallambee Village brings popular services to you, including an on-site hairdressing salon, mobile dental, podiatry and pharmaceutical services, and church services. We’re located close to public buses and trains, and our village bus can also provide access to medical appointments and local shopping centres.

Yallambee Village is also one of the only retirement living locations on the Central Coast that provides a 24-hour concierge service team who are always on-hand to help you with day-to-day tasks and provide emergency assistance if required. All apartments and cottages are private and secure, and equipped with an emergency response system to provide you with on-call support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

5. A home that grows with you

When choosing your new retirement living provider, make sure you know how they can support you over the long-term as you (and your partner) age.

At Yallambee Village, our friendly and professional team can arrange personal care, cooking, cleaning and transport if you need an extra level of care. And if you need to transition into respite accommodation or aged care, we can help manage that process too.

Live your best retirement in Yallambee Village, West Gosford

For more advice on beginning your evergreen life in retirement, or to enquire about our available apartments and cottages, please contact us.