From luxury retirement villages and sheltered housing to assisted living and nursing homes, there’s a whole range of choices depending on your particular needs and budget.

To help you decide, we’ve outlined the main ones below.    




You can own your retirement home within a beautiful community known as a retirement village.

Retirement villages offer independence and flexibility whether you're completely self-sufficient or in need of some support, often with a variety of rental and leasehold properties.

Often set within a village community, the wide-ranging facilities and various care options mean you can choose the lifestyle, involvement and level of help you want.


What is it like to own your retirement home?

Retirement villages can feel like local communities. Lots are built around a central building which houses facilities such as restaurants, bistros, bars, spa's, swimming pools and more, creating a hub of activity. Many have care options available through on site staff or through a third party provider.




Rental retirement properties are suited to those who would like to experience the lifestyle of a retirement village, and who perhaps need some medical care, but either do not have a property to sell or want to keep their property for any reason. 

At Audley, we do not currently offer retirement properties to rent.


What is it like to rent in retirement?

Renting a retirement property opens the door to the retirement living experience whilst paying rent and a monthly management fee each month. Rented properties can vary considerably in size and number of rooms, typically include communal recreational areas and care staff on hand. Rented homes are often in a sheltered housing development although rental options are becoming increasingly well-considered in retirement villages.



If you’re mostly self-sufficient and would enjoy the chance to socialise with other residents, sheltered housing may be a good option. Sheltered housing schemes are supervised, self-contained homes with some facilities and 24-hour emergency help on demand. Extra-care sheltered housing also provides meals and personal care, combining the independence of sheltered housing with some of the support a care home or nursing home would provide.

Buildings are often functional in style with some communal facilities such as laundry rooms, social lounges, guest suites and shared gardens. You can rent or buy sheltered housing on a leasehold basis. Homes are let by local councils and housing associations, so allocation criteria and waiting lists usually apply.

Audley Villages are different from warden controlled housing or sheltered accommodation.




Care homes offer two levels of support – residential care (without nursing assistance) and nursing care (with assistance).

Who are care homes for?

Residential care homes are designed for people who need help with everyday tasks and are unable or may not wish to maintain their current home. Typically, a care home offers a personal bedroom, sometimes with en-suite, and shared communal areas. Residential care includes meals, help with personal care like bathing and dressing, 24-hour staff, physical and emotional care and care through short illnesses.




Nursing homes are for those who require everyday medical care, but don’t need to be in hospital full-time, however are unable or do not wish to maintain their current home. 


What is it like to live in a nursing home?

In a nursing home you are typically offered bedroom, sometimes with en-suite bathroom. Nursing home staff provide medical care and support, 24 hours a day. Specialist care such as occupational or physical therapy is also available. Some feel much like hospitals while others aim for a more homely, relaxed atmosphere. 




Who is it for?

If you have no need or wish to downsize, one or more care workers or nurses can provide at-home care. This can include help with preparing meals, bathing and dressing. 

What is it like?

Home care can vary enormously according to individual needs, as will the cost. It might be anything from a few hours a day to live-in, 24-hour assistance and may be offered on a temporary, intermittent or long-term basis.