Studies have shown that most of us wish to retire in a 5km radius from where we currently live.
Downscaling your house does not mean minimising your lifestyle and the connections that you’ve built up over the years. Up until now the greater Sandton area has had very little to offer retirees with regards to facilities that are welcoming to yourself as well as your family and friends, allowing you to keep socially and physically independent for as long as possible.
Circle Senior Living has recently launched their first modern apartments, in Sandown, to showcase their new high tech construction. What first appears more like that of a luxury boutique hotel will soon be one of four lifestyle retirement estates that are due to launch in prime locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Not only does this bring more security to your home investment but will also allow residents to travel between cities.
Situated on 9 Adrienne Street, Sandown, the Phase 1 building of the 74 unit development will officially be open towards the last quarter of this year, although they are starting with presales now and 20% of the units have already been snapped up. There are a variety of offerings from studio layouts to two bed two bathroom plans overlooking balconies, gardens and communal spaces. Prices range from R945 000 to R7 145 000, with all residents having access to premium community areas, amenities and services – medical and otherwise.
Stay where your memories are
Corene Breedt-Rammutla, the CEO and co-founder of Circle Senior Living who also co-founded SILVERAgE, an aged care consulting business and was previously the COO of the Chevrah Kadisha Group – a welfare organisation caring for 1000 onsite residents – has been heavily involved in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and was drawn to making this vision a reality over two years ago with co-founder and previous CEO of the Chevrah Kadisha Group, executive Michael Sieff.
“Retirement should be another chapter in your life that brings you joy, something to look forward to.” says Breedt-Rammutla, “One should have a choice when buying a home, both financially and in the design. Once you’ve settled in a place that you enjoy, you shouldn’t have to worry about moving again if your health deteriorates but should have access to the tools and care that keep you as active for as long as possible.”
70 is the new 50
The stylish apartments are designed so that when you move in, you don’t feel like you’re in a retirement home but rather a penthouse with stunning views.
Michael Sieff explains: “An active couple in their 70’s aren’t going to want live in a place where they see handlebars and a chair in their shower, for example, but they will appreciate the finishes in the cupboards, the interactive iPad and smart tv, the decor in the communal areas and the high quality of the food. As their health needs change, so will their home, with extra options like having an electric adjustable bed installed, helping them to age gracefully when they need it.”
Continuing with the philosophy of 360 balance, the Sandown centre will have a vibey community driven calendar that promotes socialising in areas such as the yoga room, coffee shop, restaurant, pool, party venue and retail section as well as ‘me time’ amenities like a spa, book swap and onsite cinema. There will be a business hub and assistant concierge plus a children’s area and luxury lounges where you can enjoy spending time with your family – one can even book to customise those areas for a family function.
The medical team consists of a Care Manager, qualified Registered Nurses, enrolled Nurses and Caregivers that cater for what is traditionally known as independent, assisted, frail and memory care. The Circle difference is that all the care takes place in your own home and your own physical needs are tailored for.