Safe and secure – but far from sedate


Rental retirement communities are becoming a popular alternative for Australian seniors, according to Jennifer Lonsdale. She adds that they provide the opportunity to live financially free, without the many up-front costs or complex locked-in contracts common in traditional retirement living options.

Jennifer is manager of just such a community – Ingenia Gardens Geelong. She explains that the rental model at the community offers seniors the freedom of independence and flexibility.

“Residents get the added benefit of a secure lease, along with the lifestyle, convenience and safety aspects of belonging to a retirement community,” says Jennifer.

“Our residents love the fact they can come and go as they please, feel safe and secure, and belong to a welcoming community of like-minded people.”

Under this Ingenia Gardens rental model, a single weekly fee covers rent, water and basic maintenance, enabling residents to focus on staying active and social well into their retirement.

Residents can choose to continue to cook for themselves or select a flexible meal package.

“This service lets our residents forget about meal-planning, cooking or cleaning up chores and instead focus on friendships and social connections created through sharing delicious and nutritious meals in the central community room.

“Our residents enjoy regular free fun activities, performances, bus trips, and wellness talks as part of Activate, a resident lifestyle program designed to build strong bonds and a sense of belonging and community.

“And Ingenia Care, the community’s free care co-ordination and advocacy service, aims to keep residents active and independent for longer by connecting them with the support they need.”

Want to know more about living in a place where you know your neighbours and everyone looks out for each other? Call Jennifer and arrange a tour.

Ingenia Gardens Geelong, 142-152 Townsend Road, St Albans Park. Inquiries: 5248 8426 or

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