What is retirement living?
Retirement Living is very similar to living in your own home, but without having to worry about time-consuming things like maintenance and upkeep. It’s a great option if you want to stay independent with the added benefits of living in a supportive, caring and welcoming environment.
Who can live in an Anglicare retirement village?
The minimum age for our retirement living is 60 years but only you can decide when the time is right for you. One comment many of our residents have made to us is “I wish I’d moved here sooner!”
What is the difference between a retirement village and residential aged care?
Our retirement villages are thoughtfully designed to enable people over 60 to live independently in their own homes while also enjoying the benefits of village life. Residential aged care homes (which many people used to know as ‘nursing homes’) provide care and support for people who are no longer able to live independently.
What are the benefits of retirement living?
- Designed to help you maintain your independence. It’s the best of both worlds – your own home, within an environment purpose-built for convenience, access and security.
- Freedom from home maintenance responsibilities. No need to concern yourself with painting or gardening, plumbing or electrical repairs. It’s all taken care of!
- Easy access to social connection and activities. With every village offering its own unique mix of facilities and groups there’s no need to get into the car to enjoy the things you like doing.
- Peace of mind in a safe and secure community. Enjoy the reassurance of knowing your village manager, staff and neighbours are on hand. Travel is also worry free - just lock the door and leave!
What makes Anglicare different to other organisations?
Your Anglicare village is more than just the roof over your head, and for our caring and compassionate staff members, Anglicare is more than just a job. With longstanding experience based on Christian values we take a holistic approach to providing a great retirement living experience for each resident, including community events, activities and services to support your health and wellbeing.
Can I bring my pet?
A number of our villages are pet-friendly. Contact us by calling 1300 111 278 for more information.
Can my relatives and friends stay with me?
Of course they can. We encourage all our residents to keep in contact with friends, family and other people outside the village. Visitors or short-stay guests are welcome however you would need to discuss the arrangements with your village manager.
What services and facilities will I have access to?
Each of our villages offers a range of recreational facilities, social activities and support services. Explore our village locations for more information on services and facilities at specific locations.
Once I’ve moved in, can I make changes to the home?
Yes, subject to approval. Your request would have to be put in writing and sent to your village manager.
What if my needs change after I move in?
If you move into one of our retirement villages and later find you need a little extra support, our tailored home care services – Anglicare At Home can help you to continue living independently. Many of our retirement villages also have residential care homes on the same site, providing extra peace of mind should your care needs change.
Here are a few things our residents had to say:
“We decided to move to a village for security reasons. To have a lot of people around us, especially the other residents.” – Madouce, Rooty Hill Village resident
“Yes, the grounds are lovely and the facilities are wonderful, but it’s the friendly staff and people that make me feel at home.” – Helen, Oran Park resident
“We certainly joined the village quickly. The neighbours were fantastic and within a month we felt we knew most people by name.” – Colin, Glenhaven Green resident
“We enjoy a wonderful social life here at the village. I play table tennis and lawn bowls. You can be involved in as many or as little social activities as you wish.” – Peter, Caddens Village resident
“You’re not pressured to do things here. We don’t live out of each other’s pockets, but the support you get from this community is wonderful. They are there if you need them.” – Carol, Warriewood Brook resident
What are the contract options?
When you first enter your new home, you will pay an ingoing contribution which secures you the right to live in the village. We offer three different deferred management fee (DMF) contract options to assist you in selecting the one that suits your financial needs best.
To find out more, contact us by calling 1300 111 278. We are happy to talk through the options available so you can make an informed decision of which one is best suited to you. Please note we recommend you seek financial advice.
What are DMFs?
When you leave an Anglicare village, you will have to pay a departure fee, also known as a deferred management fee. This helps to fund aspects not covered by recurrent charges, such as improving or expanding the village services and facilities, as well as income for Anglicare as an operator. The DMF is calculated as a percentage of the sale price multiplied by the number of years you’ve lived in the village.
What is a loan licence agreement?
Our villages operate under a loan licence agreement which gives you the exclusive right to occupy the premises without having to legally own the property. This means you do not pay stamp duty or any other additional taxes.
Do I pay stamp duty?
No, you don’t pay stamp duty or any other additional taxes at an Anglicare village. Our retirement villages operate under a loan licence agreement which gives you the exclusive right to occupy the premises without having to legally own the property.
Will I receive capital gains?
Based on our villages operating a loan licence agreement, no capital gains are applicable on departure.
Can I rent in an Anglicare retirement village?
We don’t currently offer rentals at our villages.
What are recurrent charges? What is covered?
As a community, all residents contribute to the overall costs of maintaining and operating the village. This includes things such as:
- Cleaning of common areas
- Council rates
- Home maintenance upkeep of buildings
- Building insurance
What do I need to pay for?
- Telephone and internet
- Contents insurance (at your discretion)
- Gas (if applicable).
Will I have to pay any exit fees?
Your exit fees are covered by the Deferred Management Fee.
Will I have to pay for renovation or refurbishment costs when I leave?
No, you don’t. Anglicare does not have ongoing fees or charges once you return your keys. We do not charge for routine refurbishment of the premises and the amount deducted from the initial contribution is clearly stated up front.
When you leave the village and hand your keys back, you will not be responsible for “selling” your unit – we take care of all the administrative work, cleaning and renovating for you. You are guaranteed a minimum refund based on the contract model you chose upon entering the village.
What if I move into an Anglicare village and then decide it’s not for me?
We want you to be happy in your new home and confident that you made the right decision. You have a settling-in period of 90 days from the date you move into the village. Should you decide to leave during this time we will return your entry payment and any recurrent charges paid to us. All you’ll pay is a fair market rent if you occupied premises, a minimal administration fee, and cost of repairs for anything excess of fair wear and tear.
To find out more, explore Costs and Payments for Retirement Living
Can I visit a retirement village to see if it’s right for me? Who do I talk to?
Absolutely. We offer private tours that allow you to explore the village and become familiar with the facilities on offer. Get in touch with us below to speak with one of our Sales Representatives to arrange your personalised appointment.
What support does Anglicare provide during the buying process?
The sales representative for your selected village will be there every step of the way. From your initial enquiry to your move in date (and everything in between). They can even recommend a range of other resources to make your move as stress-free as possible.