Resident-funded retirement villages are an accommodation option for people retired from full-time employment, aged over 55, who wish to acquire the right to occupy a self-care unit or serviced apartment. The majority are run by private sector businesses, but a small number are run by not-for-profit organisations such as churches, and welfare agencies. Villages vary a great deal in size, services and costs.checklist
We have a checklist and an information sheet to use when considering resident funded retirement villages.
Further information is available;
Aged Care Guide – a listing of retirement villages which includes detailed information about each of them.
- Produce a Guide to choosing and living in a retirement village
- Have a Public Register of Retirement Villages with a list of retirement villages which have notified the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria that they are operating under the Retirement Villages Act 1986.
Some residential villages do offer accommodation rental units, (sometimes known as periodic tenancy) but these are generally reserved for people with limited financial resources and are usually income assessed. The main providers of rental accommodation for seniors are non-profit organisations such as religious, charitable and other benevolent organisations and local councils. However, the private sector is beginning to develop purpose built rental accommodation for seniors.
Independent living units
An independent living unit is usually a small bed sit or apartment for an older person who can live independently. They are usually for people aged 60 plus. Some are only for people on a low income. Most are run by not-for-profit organisations and have varying criteria for eligibility. Costs vary depending on the unit. You may have to pay an ingoing fee as well as rent.
To live in a residential park, you usually own a movable dwelling (also called a manufactured home or relocatable home), and rent the underlying site (land) where your home is located. Residential parks are often marketed to people over 55 as an affordable housing option. They sometimes seem similar to retirement villages, but there are important differences.
Consumer Affairs Victoria have produced a publication Moveable dwellings a guide for residents, owners and managers which provides information about these differences.
Social Housing is long term rental housing for people on incomes or with special needs. It includes Public Housing and Community Housing.
In Victoria Public Housing is managed by the State Government Housing Department.
Community Housing is rental accommodation for people on low incomes or with special needs. It is usually funded by the government and managed by Housing Providers (generally either not-for-profit organisations or local governments).
These Housing Providers also provide other valuable services including:
- Short-term housing-focused crisis support
- Housing information and referral services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- Outreach programs to provide long-term support to people with complex needs and long histories of homelessness
- Support and advocacy for people living in social housing to help them successfully establish and sustain their tenancies
Supported Residential Services
Supported Residential Services (SRS) are privately operated businesses designed to cater for older people (or younger people living with a disability) who wish to live in a communal setting or whose health requires some support
Detailed information is available on the Victorian Government Health Department website
Abbeyfield Housing provide an affordable, secure housing option for people aged 55 and over who are eligible for public housing. They are suitable for people who wish to maintain their independence but need a little support to do so. They offer non-institutional family-style housing close to amenities in the local community. Read more in our information sheet.
Homeshare brings together older householders who could benefit from help in the home and companionship, with people of integrity prepared to lend a hand in return for affordable accommodation. The Householder provides a bedroom and shared facilities. In exchange, the Homesharer provides approximately 10 hours per week of practical assistance such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and gardening, as well as providing company and the added security of having someone else sleeping in the home.
Aged care assessment
If you need some help at home or are considering moving into an aged care home, you may first need a free assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT, or ACAS in Victoria). A member of an ACAS will talk to you about your current situation and work out if you are eligible to receive government-subsidised aged care services.
Further information about ACAS assessments is available on the My Aged Care website.
Respite Care is a form of support to give an older person, or their carer a short term break from their usual arrangements. If you have a change in your health or care needs or your carer needs a break from their caring responsibilities alternate care can be arranged for you.
My Aged Care has information on respite options available and how to apply.
The Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) can give you information and advice about your legal rights. If something goes wrong, they can also help you to make an application to Consumer Affairs Victoria or the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Complaints about Aged Care are the responsibility of the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.
Elder Rights Advocacy is an independent agency funded by the Australian Government to provide advocacy services for people receiving Australian Government funded aged care services in Victoria We also assist carers and family members who represent the interests of aged care recipients, as well as people who have been assessed as eligible for an Australian Government funded aged care service.