Independent retirement living developments bring a number of benefits, including having a maintenance free lifestyle and a feel of close community.
And best friends Ceinwen Kerslake (85) and Gillian Morgan (77) have found an added benefit - living next door to each other at communal development Homegower House in Swansea.
Their friendship spans over 40 years. Gillian says: “After both losing our husbands, we each experienced the loneliness of being widows living in larger houses and wanted to downsize. I would come and visit Cei who moved into the development first, and eventually decided to buy a flat of my own right next door!
“Living next door to each other has brought us closer together as friends, we now spend five days a week together, doing activities like eating out with friends and joining in the developments activities.”
Cei added: “Living so close to each other gives us the peace of mind that we can rely on each other when needed, whether that’s a medical emergency or just borrowing milk for a cup of tea.
“We actually tend to share food and save money on our weekly shop! We never expected to live so close to each other in later life but the company we offer has brought us so much joy, we would encourage anyone in a similar situation to us to do the same.”
Laura Fisher, Sales Manager at Retirement Homesearch says: “It’s wonderful to hear about the close friendship of the two ladies, which has continued to flourish at Homegower House. We’re so happy Retirement Homesearch were the estate agents who helped Gillian find her perfect property.
“We’re seeing a growing number of enquiries for friends and families looking to live near each other or in the same development building. And this is a trend we’re expecting to see continue, especially with rising living costs.
“Independent retirement living is a perfect choice for anyone looking for a safe and secure forever home with the benefits of communal lounges and spaces to socialise with friends and families.
Retirement Homesearch has a range of available homes for sale – including a couple of beautiful apartments at the ever popular Homegower House!