Review of community facilities in Australian retirement villages: A content analysis

Bo Xia*, Martin Skitmore, Jian Zuo, Laurie Buys

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


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