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

Xia, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, Zuo, Jian, & Buys, Laurie (2015) Review of community facilities in Australian retirement villages : a content analysis. Australian Journal on Ageing, 34(3), pp. 144-148.

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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 ever-increasing ageing population in Australia.


A content analysis of 124 retirement villages operated by 22 developers in Queensland and South Australia was conducted for the research purpose.


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 economics of scale involved.


The results of the study provide a useful reference for providing facilities within retirement villages that may support the quality lifestyles for the older residents.

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ID Code: 68613
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ageing population, Australia, Content analysis, Facility, Retirement village
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12153
ISSN: 0726-4240
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2014 ACOTA
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2014 00:31
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 00:31

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