The humble retirement village. Hundreds of thousands of people around the country live in them, all offering a level of care and community for those in their twilight years. Some move there for company, some for medical needs they cannot get at home.
The retirement village has become a popular setting in the media, with plenty of writers tackling subject matter related to the residents. Here are some of Alfix’s favourite uses of retirement in books, movies, television shows and other media.
Most known for presenting Pointless and House of Games, in 2020 Richard Osman decided to take his skills to the novel and penned The Thursday Murder Club. The story revolves around a bunch of pensioners who live in a retirement village in Kent. The group meets each Thursday to look over cold cases and try to solve them but soon finds their skills needed in real life when a property developer is murdered.
Two sequels following the same gang have been released since then, with a fourth on its way!
Some Kind of Heaven is an American documentary directed by Lance Oppenheim about The Villages in Florida, which is the world’s largest retirement community. In 2020 the community had a population of nearly 80,000 and it currently covers an area of approximately 32 square miles. The documentary follows four residents who are trying to find happiness in the villages, from an elderly couple trying to manage the husband’s deteriorating mental condition to a widow looking for love.
Recently debuting in the United Kingdom is the brand new American crime-drama/comedy Poker Face from the mind of filmmaker Rian Johnson, known for the Knives Out mystery films. Charlie Cale, played by Natasha Lyonne, is a casino worker on the run who finds herself solving murders across America. How does she do it? Well, she has the unique gift of knowing when somebody is lying.
Episode 5 of the first season, ‘Time of the Monkey’, takes Charlie to a retirement village, where two lifelong friends (Judith Light & S. Epatha Merkerson) murder a new resident who they recognise as the leader of a cult they used to be in. While she initially befriends the murderers by accident, she soon learns about their dark past as she tries to figure out how they committed the murder.
A key feature present in plenty of retirement villages is stairlifts. They are a great tool to allow the elderly to regain independence and traverse their property with ease. It allows the immobile to move around, while also helping to prevent injuries from occurring.
Here at Alfix, we offer stairlift installation to customers around the country, including in Worcester. We can install permanent stairlifts at properties or can rent stairlifts to you if you only need them on a temporary basis. We offer curved, straight, slimline and even bespoke heavy-duty stairlifts, so we can find a great option whatever the requirements of your home are.
Give us a call today at 01905 630133 if you live in Worcester and require our services.