IT WOULDN’T do for us all to be the same, now would it? Which is why many of Britain’s older residents are turning to retirement villages that offer a range of solutions to help them live their lives to the full.

Take Trevor Covey, a professional artist, who at the age of 80 has bought a one-bedroom assisted living apartment at Anchor’s Bishopstoke Park where he can live alone but pay for domestic help, and can increase the amount of help he needs should the time ever come that he needs full-time care.

His best friend Edith, on the other hand, has moved into a flat at the same Hampshire retirement village but has chosen to live independently. “It is wonderful that we can live so close together whilst receiving different levels of care,” says Trevor.

“I chose an assisted living apartment and it was the best decision I ever made,” he continues. “I don’t feel 80 but my body tells me otherwise and so I think this is the perfect option if you have any concerns about the future.

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“I currently have all my laundry and cleaning done for me and I have one meal prepared for me every day as well as all my utilities paid for. “I have turned one of the rooms into my studio and because everything is done for me I have more time to do the things I enjoy, like painting.

“As I get older, or if my situation changes, I can increase the level of care I need as I see fit. The fact that there is also a care home on site is a huge comfort to me as it means I never have to leave. This is my home forever.”

Not that this high level of care was the only attraction for Trevor: he was also won over by the facilities at Bishopstoke Park, which include an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna plus cutting edge wellness centre with a gym.

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Elderely people are now turning to retirement villages to get a deal that suits them.

There’s a croquet lawn in the communal grounds, a hair and beauty salon and organised days out. “Bishopstoke Park was particularly appealing not only because of the superb facilities, which will encourage us to be more active, but also the village mini-bus which takes you out and about and is completely free of charge,” says Trevor.

“It is touches like this which set this development apart.” There is another factor that appeals to  Trevor, too: “Everyone here is in the same situation and has similar experiences,” he explains.

“It is great to be part of the community that is developing here and Edith and I are enjoying getting to know other residents whilst trying out new activities at the same time.”

Phase one of the Bishopstoke Park apartments are now nearly sold out, with mostly assisted living flats left that range from £260,000 to £390,000, but phase two will be launching this summer, with completions expected next year.