It’s really interesting when you get older and you look at things that as a child you didn’t question. I mean, I remember my Granny Heron used to live in sheltered housing. As children we went their loads and spent lots of time with the other people who lived there. Granny Heron loved it cause it was company for her and she was always having social times with people.
When she eventually went into a home, as long as she was mobile she dealt with life in the same way and only recently did I think back to her in sheltered housing and think for those people it really was a nice place to live cause they could keep themselves to themselves when they wanted to but there was always someone on hand in similar circumstances to each other.
My nana still lives on her own at 89 and is struggling and I wonder that when she and granddad were still fit enough, rather than moving into a flat just the two of them, I think they should have bought a brand new McCarthy & Stone property. At the end of the day these are developments that are totally suited to people in their retirement. I think that over time they will become nice communities where people support each other. I’ve even noticed recently that they are being developed on smaller sites close to good amenities which means that as a retired person you have the best of both worlds, they are not massive developments but they are in great locations. As they say it’s all about the location.
On a night out some moons ago, me and my friends were chatting about just this and when it comes to our turn to look at what to do in retirement, the plan is to all club together and buy a large property to house us all, with staff and drink gin. That sounds like a fabulous plan
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