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Understanding the Concept of Downsizing (Right-sizing)

Retirement LivingJanuary 23, 20243 minute read
A move towards simplicity

Downsizing your house doesn't mean downsizing your quality of life; in fact, it's quite the opposite. It involves letting go of the unnecessary clutter, obligations and concerns that tie us down. It's about freeing up time, space and resources to invest in what truly adds value to our lives: our health, relationships and personal interests.


Perhaps a more apt term for downsizing—especially in the context of moving to a retirement village—is 'right-sizing'. This implies making decisions about what fits best for you at this stage of your life, whether it's a smaller home or less stuff. Key to this process is setting achievable goals, staying organised and taking it one step at a time.

The financial advantage

Downsizing can also bring about significant financial benefits. By moving to a smaller home, overhead costs like utilities, maintenance, and property taxes are typically reduced substantially. The Productivity Commission in Australia found that out of the seniors they surveyed, 79% were able to positively change their financial situation after downsizing.

Environmental Impact

In our collective efforts towards sustainability, downsizing can play an essential role for seniors. Smaller homes have a lesser environmental footprint, consume less energy, and encourage a minimalistic, low-waste lifestyle. This is a significant step towards leaving a healthier planet for future generations.

Downsizing your space. Upsizing Your Care 

When moving to an Anglicare retirement village you're not just downsizing your living space— you are actually "upsizing" your care by having professional, personalised care right at your doorstep. We have highly trained caregivers and staff who aim to make your life easier. From assistence with routine tasks and daily activities to specialised medical care and services to better your health and wellbeing. At Anglicare our home care services are diverse and tailored to your individual needs. 

Minto Gardens Lifestyle Stock Photo

Minto Gardens Lifestyle Stock Photo

Downsizing is about more than just moving into a smaller space; it's an opportunity to declutter and streamline your life. It involves assessing what's truly important to you and letting go of the rest, creating an environment that reflects your present lifestyle and your future needs. There are numerous benefits to doing so, and it's worth considering each one as you plan your move. 

Benefits of Downsizing to an Anglicare Retirement Village

Reduction in Home Maintenance
Moving to a smaller property can significantly reduce the amount of maintenance and repairs, both in terms of time and money. You'll be able to focus more on activities you love, rather than worrying about the demands of a larger home.

Increased Social Interaction  

Increased Social Interaction and Community
One of the great benefits of of an Anglicare retirement village is the heightened sense of community. You'll be surrounded by like-minded people facing similar life changes, which can provide plenty of social opportunities. 

Access to Amenities and Services to Suit Your Needs

Access to Amenities and Services to Suit Your Needs
Anglicare retirement villages offer convenient access to a range of amenities such as fitness centers, dining facilities, home care and health and wellbeing services. By living in a place where these are readily available, daily life can become so much more comfortable. 


Find Your Next Home with Anglicare

With more than 20 retirement villages across Sydney and Illawarra to choose from, you’re sure to find the right retirement community for you.

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