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Plan for retirement: Put your name on a waiting list

Rand Aid Association’s Elphin Lodge Retirement Village.

Those considering their retirement living options have likely started researching retirement villages and what they offer, to find one that suits their current and future needs and offers independent, carefree, safe and secure living.

They may not realise, however, that most retirement villages have very long waiting lists and you can’t just pack up and move straight into one.

Planning ahead and making sure that everything is in place will enable you to live life to fullest during your retirement years.

One of the challenges of planning for retirement is that it’s hard to foresee when you will be ready to move to a retirement community, and which services you may need as you age.

By putting your name down early, you can be at the top of the list when you are ready to move. While most retirement villages require a deposit to add your name to the waiting list, it is usually refundable if you change your mind or decide on another retirement village. It’s advisable to always ask the retirement village about their waiting list policy.

Rand Aid Association offers accommodation in a variety of independent-living retirement villages – Elphin Lodge, Thornhill Manor and Inyoni Creek – all of which offer residents a quality lifestyle, in a carefree and secure environment, in beautiful grounds with abundant birdlife, dams and many opportunities for tranquil and safe walking and enjoying nature.

These retirement villages, based in Edenvale and Modderfontein in Gauteng, all have waiting lists. You don’t have to move in immediately, when your name reaches the top of the list. You can keep your top spot until you are ready.

Taking this step provides you with a level of security, knowing that your retirement needs will be met. Once you have made the major life decision to plan for your future, you will likely feel that a tremendous load has been lifted.

For more information about Rand Aid, its various independent living retirement villages and its frail care centres, visit To stay up to date with Rand Aid’s news, like its Facebook page: @RandAidAssociation.

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