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The Ultimate Guide to Retirement Village Living

At IRT we understand that it can be difficult to know where to start when researching your retirement living options.

To assist with your retirement journey, we’ve answered some of your most commonly asked questions.

How much do retirement villages cost?

We understand making the move to a retirement village is an important financial decision. That is why are here to explain how each payment option works and help you find the right one to suit you.

The cost of living in a retirement village  will be depend on the location you choose, the size of the villa or unit and the pricing option you choose. As a retirement village resident, you’ll also make regular contributions to the cost of maintaining your community, similar to a strata levy.

What’s the difference between a retirement village and aged care?

When it comes to understanding the difference between a retirement village and aged care centre, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start.

Retirement villages are best for people who are still able to live independently in their own home, but want to enjoy the benefits of living in a community with other older Australians.

Retirement villages come in many shapes and sizes and can range from small one-or-two-bedroom units, to four-bedroom villas and high-rise apartments.

What is a Retirement Village?

A retirement village is a community of likeminded people over the age of 55. You live independently in your own home and enjoy the benefits of community living.

Entertain family and friends by the pool or our many social spaces, attend community activities/events and have your home maintenance taken care of while you travel.

As your needs change you can access allied health services at most sites, community transport and home care. You’ll feel safe and supported with your Retirement Village Manager and neighbours close by.

Is independent living right for me?

You can live the life you want in an IRT retirement village. Make new friends and have an active social life or enjoy more peace and quiet in your new home.

Independent living gives you more choice and control over how you live your life and a low-maintenance, hassle-free home. You can choose to go travelling, knowing your belongings are safe in a secure community.

You can choose to keep busy, with weekly social activities and volunteering. You can also choose to relax… in the gardens, the library or in your home.

Which villas and apartments can I choose from?

You can choose from a range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas or apartments in a variety of communities.

Every IRT retirement village offers something different, but most villas and apartments have outdoor entertaining, open-plan living and all the comforts of home.

If you’ve chosen a new villa or apartment off-the-plan, you can generally choose from a range of colour schemes and finishes.

What community facilities are there?

Our communities are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Every IRT retirement village is different, but facilities may include:


Community centre


Landscaped gardens


BBQ area




Secure parking


Community bus

What happens if my needs change?

We want your IRT retirement village to be your home for life.

If your needs change, you can choose to receive additional support through IRT’s home care services. You can also take advantage of our trusted network of allied health providers, and other service providers.

Unlike most family homes, our villas and apartments feature age friendly design. This means there’s plenty of room for mobility aids, and easy-grip door knobs and taps, for when your needs change.

You’ll feel safe and supported in your community with the help of your Retirement Village Manager and network of like minded neighbours.

Our reviews speak for us

My beautiful wife lives there so I visit often,the staff are beautiful angels that are overworked and underpaid
gary B.
I dont live there but good friends do and they are happy and comfy in there home
Donny G.
RE: Resident Pat Lane, posted for StephenOn the 6th May, I visited my sister who is a resident at Sarah Claydon, Milton. After travelling from Tasmania for the visit, I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and quality of the centre. I found the staff were friendly, helpful and caring towards the residents. In particular we were welcomed and assisted by nurse Sandra who was very helpful and kind to us. I left the centre contented that my sister was in good care. Written by Stephen
Nadine de L.
The genuine kindness and thoughtfulness of Sans Souci Gardens RNs & carers are far beyond professional service. The care manager took her RNs to learn new caring skills from the hospital in order to serve the special needs for our loved one. From the time our loved one moved in, until he passed away, there were so many times they took extra mile to care him as their resident, as well as us in our visiting time. They gave us the true family sense.We will always remember each of you though we won’t mention your names here. When it comes to my turn, I know where to find my care — lovely SSG staffs, stay forever young!
hy K.
Such a wonderful team!! I would highly recommend IRT Thomas Holt aged care team! They are nice and caring to the residents. Thank you so much for everything you did for my grandpa in his last months. We are so grateful that God had prepared this beautiful and comfy nursing home for him that he could feel he was at home. We are assured that God also has prepared a better place for him where there are no more sufferings and disease. Can’t really tell that how much we appreciate your hard works and love to my grandpa. Thank you! THANK YOU!!❤🙏God bless you all!
Neat and tidy
Kachi U.
Very nice friendly nursing home.
Damien L.
Nice place
andrew F.
Work here
Jenny B.
Awesome place
Dave H.

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