Handy guide to making the move

The Book of Wise Moves: Retirement Living Council launches free guide

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Planning to downsize? Read this book first.


JUST A quick Google search for ‘retirement village’ can bamboozle the best of us when it comes to researching retirement living options.

From choosing where to live, what type of community to opt for and how to plan financially, it can be difficult to know where to look for the most up-to-date and relevant information. 

Which is why the Retirement Living Council (the retirement arm of the Property Council) has published The Book of Wise Moves – a guide for planning your move to retirement village life for retirees, people intending to retire, their families and friends.

WISE MOVE: Booklet.

WISE MOVE: Booklet.

Released in November 2018, the book covers all you need to know about retirement living and is recommended by many in the industry including retirement village operator Village Glen chief operations officer Peter Nilsson.

“Facts and figures, legal and financial responsibilities, differences between retirement living and aged care, support available, the list goes on!” Mr Nilsson said 

“And it is all collated in the one book.

“When making such a significant lifestyle decision, of course there is a limitless amount of information you need to know.

“This book is a useful tool to answer all your questions in one place.”

From ‘What is a retirement village?’ and ‘What can I expect from life in a retirement village?’ to funding your move and guiding you through the legal jargon, this book is a must-have guide for anyone thinking of downsizing.

It covers different types of retirement villages; the difference between retirement villages and residential aged care; the legal and financial practicalities of securing a home in a retirement village; and the types of support available in villages.

As well as facts and figures, the book also looks at pet ownership and how to sort out your belongings when you downsize.

While it contains information about all housing options available to seniors, including information on home care support within your existing home, the primary focus is retirement villages. 

There is also a glossary of terms, and a handy list of contacts and websites for national and state organisations.

The Book of Wise Moves can be downloaded at www.awisemove.com.au or phone (07) 3225-3000.

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