Retirement living is experiencing a boom in the UK, as an increasing number of homeowners make plans for a long and happy retirement.

Once upon a time, retirement was seen as the end of an era. Now it’s an aspirational life stage that many working-age people look forward to.

Our generation of retirees are in the prime of our lives and have a much younger outlook than our biological age. Thanks to better nutrition, healthcare and technology which can even be combined when you order medication from an online pharmacy, older people are living their best lives, keeping fit, enjoying holidays, using social media and often enjoying a more active social life than our children or grandchildren.

At the same time, some of us are starting to find that our house is becoming a handful to maintain, our garden is getting a bit too much, and we don’t really want to do all the cooking and preparation anymore when we host dinner parties.

Expectations and assumptions are changing and more of us are choosing to move to upmarket and aspirational retirement communities, such as those from Adlington Retirement Living, whilst we’re fit and healthy, to future-proof our retirement with peace of mind for the years ahead.

Joyce Burgess moved into a two bedroom apartment at The Chimes in Cheadle in August 2019: “I had always thought I would move home in the future but when I came to look at The Chimes I thought this is the future. The people, location and convenience of it all was very appealing.

“The whole ambience and welcoming feeling of the place was marvellous. I sold my house in a very short amount of time so it’s absolutely wonderful to have help at hand after the move from the handyman. The day I moved in I sat out on my balcony and thought this is absolute bliss – and I have never stopped thinking that.

“If I could offer any advice to anyone thinking about moving to an Adlington apartment it would be not to hesitate. Everything from the sales process, the experience, the progression – there’s help each step of the way. Honestly, I can’t praise it enough. If I’d left it another couple of years, I don’t think I could have done it.”

Adlington Retirement Living is the creator of purpose-built retirement communities in Southport, Cheadle, Macclesfield, Ramsbottom and Romiley, where homeowners don’t have to compromise on their lifestyle, their social life or their independence.

These new, high-end, developments offer the best of both worlds. Homeowners can enjoy the privacy of their own peaceful and spacious apartment, spend time in the leafy gardens (which are maintained by an expert team of gardeners), relax in the hair salon, therapy room or lounge and then invite their friends over to enjoy the table service restaurant, without having to think about cooking or washing up.

Alexandra Johnson, Sales and Marketing Director for Adlington Retirement Living, explains: “We want our Homeowners to enjoy every moment of their retirement. We constantly refine, adapt and invest in our buildings and interior design to deliver high quality homes and create welcoming retirement communities. Our spacious apartments are built to the highest standards with quality fixtures and fittings, and they are superbly appointed.

“Moving into an Adlington Retirement Living apartment is far more than just moving into a new home. It’s a chance to become part of a thriving community of like-minded people, with a shared outlook. Our communities provide a safe, secure and happy environment with a circle of friends, a family of like-minded people and a sense of belonging.”

Peace of mind is an important consideration when you decide to downsize in later life. One of the aspects that appeals to many of us and our families is the fact that optional, additional care is available as and when it is needed, for as long as it’s needed. So, if you have an accident and need some additional support for a short time, it’s available, or if you need more long-term support, that’s available too. Plus, there’s a 24 hour emergency call system that’s linked to a dedicated on-site support team, 365 days a year.

There are plenty of thoughtful touches and services available to make life a little bit easier too. The apartments have been designed with later life in mind and every detail, from the height of the door handles to the layout of the bathroom has been considered to make everyday life safer, simpler and more comfortable for homeowners.

This attention to detail also extends to the quality of the fixtures and fittings, the modern fabrics and the handy appliances that are hand-picked for each kitchen.

Karen Chicken, General Manager at another Adlington Living Retirement development, The Sailings in Southport, adds: “We care about our Homeowners and consider them part of our extended family. Our priority is always to do the best for them – whether that’s by providing a personal health care package, helping them with everyday tasks, or respecting their independence.”

With all the time in the world, a lively social calendar, the company of friendly people and the reassurance of support when you need it, you can truly live life your way.

If you would like to find out more about Adlington Retirement Living, a range of beautifully furnished show apartments are open to view daily at The Sailings in Southport, The Chimes in Cheadle, The Bridges in Macclesfield and The Cottons in Ramsbottom from 10am to 5pm. Call 01260 285667 to find out more or visit


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