Aim: Facilities in retirement villages form a supportive environment for older residents. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the provision of these facilities in retirement villages, which are regarded as a viable accommodation option for the increasing ageing population in Australia.
Methods: A content analysis of facilities in 124 retirement villages operated by 22 developers in Queensland and South Australia was conducted.
Results: The most widely provided facilities are community centres, libraries, barbeque facilities, hairdressers/salons and billiards/snooker/pool tables. Commercial operators provide more facilities than not-for-profit organisations, and larger retirement villages normally have more facilities due to the economies of scale involved.
Conclusions: The results of the study provide a useful reference for providing facilities within retirement villages that may support the quality lifestyles of older residents.