Modern retirement villages look a bit like landscaped holiday resorts.
Gone are the days when the term conjured up images of people past their prime, reduced to living in cramped conditions.
Living your dreams at a retirement village is what it’s about
A visit to Rand Aid Association-run Thornhill Manor in Lakeside Village, Modderfontein, is a case in point. Set in 18 hectares of land and boasting beautiful gardens and water features, the retirement village offers two-and three-bedroom cottages, all with two bathrooms and single or double garages.
With a village-like atmosphere, a garden service and weekly servicing of cottages, residents can relax and enjoy life. After years of raising families and building careers, there is now time to golf, shop, lunch with friends and pursue all those interests that were neglected in the daily grind of life ― without worrying about who is going to repair the roof, paint the eaves or mow the lawn. Holidays and nights out are easier, with the peace-of-mind brought by living on a secure estate with 24-hour security, allowing residents to lock up and go!
With Thornhill’s community consisting of people of a similar age and status, there is always company to be found should you feel like a chat, and there is abundant in-house entertainment on offer, a library on site and transport to nearby shops if needed.
A big plus for doting grandparents is that Thornhill offers a child-friendly environment. Grandchildren are encouraged to visit and enjoy the swimming pool and large gardens.
Medical care is always nearby at a retirement village
And if you are feeling under the weather, there is a nursing sister in attendance who is available to advise, support and sort out minor complaints. An emergency call system is also offered. When longer term care is required, residents are assured of personal attention at the Ron Smith Care Centre, situated in the grounds of Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge, a mere 5kms away. Residents also have the security of knowing that should they fall on hard times, Rand Aid has other facilities where they can be accommodated.
More and more people in their 60s are realising that retirement villages allow one to fully enjoy life while having peace of mind regarding the future. Often, however, they are unable to secure a place at one of these villages, having neglected to timeously put their name on a waiting list.
Interested people who are 55 years or older are urged to contact Thornhill; if an opening comes up and you are not yet ready to move, the unit will be offered to the next person on the list and you will again be contacted when next a unit becomes available. Call the retirement village manager, Esme Erasmus, at 011 608 2480 for further information.