When it comes to anticipating trends for 2021, the impact of the ongoing pandemic is most notably seen in the focus on health and technology.
These trends have filtered through to retirement villages, with residents adjusting their priorities while navigating these challenging and uncertain times.
“A lot of the trends we’re noticing were already emerging but have gained a lot more traction since the arrival of Covid-19,” said Phil Barker of Renishaw Property Developments.
“There’s been a definite spike in interest in those looking to retire earlier, with lifestyle definitely topping the list in terms of features for retirement estates.”
People are looking to retire in places that cater to overall wellbeing in terms of mental, physical and emotional health. Rather than tackling problems traditionally associated with old age, estates are supporting an active and engaged ‘care first’ lifestyle to enhance personal health.
This means the inclusion of relevant sports’ and recreational facilities, the establishment of community-based interest clubs, lifelong learning programmes, and necessary support structures within the retirement estate.