Would living in a retirement community suit you?

Fiona Wookey from Holy Cross Priory answers your most common questions about living in a retirement community.

Why do people choose to move?

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The majority want to ensure that they enjoy making their own decision about their future home - and it is not left to a relative due to a crisis. Many people were concerned about the practical demands and costs of maintaining a big house and garden. Plus, their current homes are not designed for potential future care needs and, if they were widowed, life would be very lonely.

How is it an investment? What type of accommodation is on offer?

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You are still purchasing a home, so you are investing in bricks and mortar. You can find some rented retirement flats, but at Holy Cross Priory you would own your apartment. We have 20 stunning 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in a Grade-ll listed Priory building and 20 new build 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. There is also a separate care home within the grounds.

The apartments combine stylish features with subtle, practical elements that enable it to suit any needs in the future. For example, the apartments include wet rooms and wider doorways, alongside period features and luxury fittings. There is also some housekeeping support included in the purchase price and the option of an in-home personal care service, if you should ever need it.

What makes your community different from others?

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Right from the start, you will see how Holy Cross is different to anywhere else. Unlike so many other large, shareholder-owned retirement villages, Holy Cross is totally independent and run by the people who work there, for the benefit of the residents and the community. That is never going to change. This particular community is owned by a charity, the Sisters of Grace and Compassion Benedictines (and is open to people with any or no religious beliefs). Owners of Holy Cross Priory apartments are able to get involved in shaping how things are run in the retirement community if they wish.

This different approach also extends to the way each apartment is being marketed - there are no corporate sales agents to deal with. You can take a relaxed tour with one of the team who work at Holy Cross Priory.

What makes your community different from others?

There are a lot of facilities that you can choose to use if you wish. For example, there is a restaurant, library, small shop, hair salon and bowls lawns, clubs, allotments, chapel, function room and guest suite for visitors. There is also assistance with transport to the local towns and villages, so you get the best of both worlds - access to local amenities with a private and very peaceful rural setting.

What makes living in a retirement community a sociable experience?

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You will have neighbours of a similar age and be able to socialise in a number of ways with the various facilities within the community. There is bound to be something that suits your preferences and personality. At Holy Cross Priory, you can always set up new social clubs and activities too. It is so important not to be isolated and lonely as you get older. In fact some of the statistics are frightening. In February 2013 a study reported that social isolation is associated with a 26% higher death risk for those over 52 years old. Social isolation is ranked as high a risk factor for mortality as smoking. A retirement community enables you to live as privately as you wish, but have the companionship of other retirees, domestic and care staff within easy reach.


To request a brochure and arrange a no-pressure tour please contact us.

Feel free to ask Fiona your own questions.