Audley Clevedon Set to Welcome US Couple in Retirement Exchange Programme

Open field with blue sky and a tree in Buckinghamshire

09 September 2011

Residents have come from far and wide to live at Audley Clevedon but for Lou and Murial Schloss, the journey of more than 5,000 miles means they will definitely be expecting a warm welcome on arrival!

The couple are leaving their retirement community in Santa Barbara, California to take part in a retirement exchange programme that will see them sample village life in the UK. Mr and Mrs Schloss will spend time living at both Clevedon and St Elphin's Park in Derbyshire where they will get a taste of retirement living in the UK, taking part in a range of activities on offer at the developments and meeting other residents.

Tony and Carol Gregory from St Elphin's Park village will be representing Audley and take the trip across the pond, spending time in the Maravilla village in the US. Audley initiated the exchange to gain further insight into retirement living, dispel myths and challenge stereotypes of 'old folks' homes.

Nick Sanderson, Audley CEO said: "For too long there have been negative stereotypes attached to retirement living and we're hoping to address these with the exchange programme. At Audley, we have pioneered a new UK concept, a village environment which offers a chance to downsize and maintain independence, but with the security and peace of mind that when extra help is needed, it's readily available without having to move again.

"Retirement villages are already well established and accepted in America and we're keen to share knowledge with SRG and look at ways we can learn from each other, challenge perceptions and develop our offerings."

The couples will be keeping a record of their trip via social media channels with Twitter and Facebook updates, in addition to keeping a written diary.

To follow the exchange, please visit the Audley Retirement Village Facebook page or follow: @AudleyAdviser on Twitter