From sailing around the world to life at an Inspired Village
Globetrotting resident David Phillips shares why renting in later life gave him a new start and improved his wellbeing
David Phillips, aged 90, is a resident at Inspired’s Millbrook village, in Exeter. David spent most of his retired life enjoying boats, having spent over 20 years sailing with his late partner, including two years sailing around the world.
After David’s long-term partner passed away, he decided that he needed to move to new surroundings, suited to his new situation and rented a two bedroom apartment at Millbrook. David comments: “My apartment is spacious, well equipped and with two bedrooms it offers the opportunity of family visiting from time to time. Renting has offered me the opportunity to spend some time assessing if this will be suitable for me without a long term commitment.”
He adds: “Both families and friends have been impressed by the general ambience, the surroundings and the apartment itself.”
This option of renting offers over 65s the chance to enjoy all the benefits of life at an Inspired village, without being tied into home ownership. The central facilities at Millbrook, which include; a cinema, brasserie, library, wellness spa, gym and games room and the lure of an active lifestyle were major factors in David’s move to the village, he says: “It has surely been a major factor in improving my wellbeing despite the restrictions of the lockdown.”
After spending years travelling and enjoying an active retirement, moving to a retirement village was a lifestyle change for David, but the range of activities on offer has ensured he’s still making the most of later life, he comments: “I enjoy playing bridge, indoor bowls and skittles, as well as using the gym and pool.”
The way of life at Inspired villages offers residents the opportunity to connect with other likeminded over 65s and make new friends, David adds: “There is certainly a good community spirit and friendliness which I particularly like about the Village.”
During lockdown, things have been different at the village, but colleagues have done all they can to ensure residents do not feel isolated, whilst self-isolating. David comments: “The staff have really done marvels at keeping things going, particularly regarding the food, with the setting up of the lunch service and village shop. The development of activities through Zoom has also been fantastic and I’ve enjoyed choir and Pilates sessions.”
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