Study of Retirement Communities shows huge health, well-being and security benefits for residents

In-depth research by ARCO (Associated Retirement
Community Operators) shows older people are healthier and more active in
specialist housing-with-care.

The largest and most in-depth poll ever conducted of UK
retirement community residents and prospective residents has found that
people who live in retirement communities have healthier, more active,
more social, more secure and happier lives than those who have not yet
moved to a retirement community – supporting the results of our own research with Aston and Lancaster Universities.

Carried out by ProMatura International and ARCO, the research
included 2,799 residents from 81 retirement communities run by 15
operators and 1,111 older people who were considering a move into a
retirement community.

The report found that residents in
retirement communities, compared to those who had not yet moved (but
were considering making a move):
• stay healthier for longer;
• are more active (our research shows an increase in exercise by our residents of 75%);
• are less lonely (again, our research shows that 87% ExtraCare residents are hardly or never lonely);
• have a greater sense of a safety net;
• feel more secure;
• enjoy life more; and
• enjoy more privacy.

The report also found that:

90% of residents thought they had moved into a retirement community at
just the right time – 6% would rather they’d moved in sooner;
• 71% of residents saw moving in to a retirement community as a chance to make new friends;
• Retirement community residents feel more in control of their lives; and
• By a huge margin, residents of retirement communities believe their lives are better now than they were a year ago.

Retirement
communities or retirement villages, like ours, combine high quality
housing options for older people with tailored support services. They
allow residents to rent or own a property and to maintain their privacy
and independence, with the reassurance of 24-hour on-site staff,
communal facilities, and optional care and support as needed.

ARCO has published the results of its research into retirement communities at arcouk.org

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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