A unique Lancashire retirement complex is forcing people to rethink the way they view the ageing process.
Here in the UK, our population is getting older: by 2024, there will be 18m residents aged 60 and over, 3.1m more than in 2014.
With one in four people now aged over 60, the concept of 'mature living' is gaining popularity as people embrace the chance to enjoy their later years and grow old in style.
According to the Centre for Ageing Better, the fact that more people are living longer represents a huge opportunity for society, but they need a helping hand to enjoy good health, financial security and social connections.
All these things are already high on the agenda at Links View, which is shaking up the way we think about retirement homes, elderly care or sheltered housing.
The purpose-built complex, situated just a short walk from the town centre at the edge of St Annes Old Links Golf Club with stunning views over the golf course and the sea beyond, is a world away from traditional fusty retirement homes or sheltered housing.
Designed for people who want high-quality, secure yet independent living, it’s a great way to enjoy your retirement in your own self-contained home, with minimal responsibility for a property and the peace of mind of knowing that you’re safely looked after.
There are 59 one- and two-bedroom apartments at Links View, each with a similar layout, and they are rented unfurnished.
The building itself features corridors and doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and other walking aids, and all the communal corridors have grab rails and handy spots to sit. External doors are accessed via ramps and a lift carries you to all floors.
One of the main benefits of a complex like Links View is the fact that there is always someone to talk to; the strong sense of community means there are events taking place throughout the week. And if you fancy a little peace and quiet, the beautiful grounds can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or you can take a walk along the path to enjoy the views.
Facilities on hand include a subsidised restaurant, a hair salon, gym, launderette, a censory room, large screen TV room, shop, hobby room and computer room: everything you need is under one roof. Plus, with trained staff on hand 24 hours a day and the option of assisted living when you need it, it really could be your home for life.
If you are interested in mature living at Links View, call 01253 721678 for an informal chat or visit www.icarematureliving.co.uk