Who Owns Sirovilla?
Sirovilla Incorporated is the legal entity responsible for owning and managing Sirovilla Retirement Village in Highton and Sirovilla Lions Village Anglesea. The name of the organisation was changed from Sirovilla Elderly People’s Homes Inc to Sirovilla Inc. in 2014.
Does Sirovilla manage the Villages under the Retirement Villages Act?
Yes, both Sirovilla Retirement Village in Highton and Sirovilla Lions Village Anglesea are registered as Retirement Villages and are managed under the Victorian Retirement Village Act (1986).
Who can live at Sirovilla Highton and Sirovilla Lions Village Anglesea?
The majority of units are reserved for low income Victorians who would otherwise qualify for public housing. For such units no in-going contribution is required but potential applicants must meet the Victorian Office of Housing eligibility criteria which is income and assets less than $30,000. Units are also available for persons who do not meet this criteria (self-sponsors) who are able to fund a unit. Self-sponsor households are required to pay an in-going contribution as well as a rent.
What is it like living in a retirement village?
Living in a village is not a lifestyle that suits everyone but it does suit a lot of people very well. There are some benefits of living in a community like Sirovilla:
- Less responsibility for home and grounds maintenance
- Fixed rent indexed to a pension
- Independent living for as long as required
- No complicated formulae when moving out
Is there a minimum age for admission?
All applicants must be at least 62 and in receipt of an income from Centrelink. This usually means people are eligible to apply for a Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Aged Pension or a Disability Support Pension.
How is rent calculated?
Rent is paid fortnightly and at an amount equal to 25% of household income and 100% of rent assistance. Sirovilla uses an Income Statement from Centrelink to determine the amount of rent paid.
What does the rent cover?
The rent covers the operating costs of the village including:
- Repairs and maintenance to the interior and exterior of your unit
- Management and administration of the Village
- Maintenance of all common areas
- Council rates – land
- Building and public liability insurance
- Utility payments for communal areas
- Staff wages and related costs
- Legal and auditing fees
- Grounds maintenance
Residents are responsible for their own small gardens and for insuring their own belongings. Residents are also responsible for electricity and telephone.
What about Rent Assistance?
Commonwealth Rent Assistance is available to eligible pensioners through application to Centrelink or Veterans Affairs.
What facilities are provided within the villages?
A central Community Centre is the focal point of both Villages. Both Village Centres have an all-purpose room, small library, a fully equipped kitchen and an administration area. There are also computers providing internet connection at no charge for residents. Residents are encouraged to use this space. These spaces can also be hired by residents for a small fee, for birthdays and family functions.
Is there a recreational centre and resident’s committee?
The Village Centres serve as the recreational centre of each Village with a variety of activities conducted. Both sites have active groups of residents who organise social functions for residents. Information sessions and talks are also conducted in the Centres.
Are there any other services?
Residents live in individual units and can receive support services such as meals on wheels, home help and, if required, a personal call alarm service. Residents are required to arrange support services themselves.
What about pets?
Small pets are permitted with management approval in units that have a courtyard that is suitable for pets. Approval for pets is subject to the pet policy.
What happens when I want to move or can no longer live independently?
Sirovilla will work with you and your family to support you during your transition.