When considering where to live, here are some things that you might want to think about.
Staying at home
You might be able to stay living in the same home with some support; for example:
The Homeshare scheme, where young people live with older people, for reduced rent or free accommodation in return for help with basic tasks around the home and companionship, might also be an option for you.
Move to more suitable housing
When looking for a different property, there are options to rent or buy. Location is very important, for example, to be near to family, friends and/or local amenities. You might be looking for a smaller property which is easier to manager, or perhaps one on a single level, particularly if using stairs is an issue for you. There are retirement housing and park houses to rent or buy which are specifically targeted at older people.
1. Sheltered housing
This provides smaller, more manageable housing for older people, often including a call bell or alarm with a manager or warden available to respond in emergencies.
2. Extra care housing
This provides similar accommodation to sheltered housing but includes a team of flexible care staff on site to provide additional support. The care staff can help with personal care, domestic chores and social activities. If needed, they can provide help at night too. Extra care housing can be an option for people of all ages. The emphasis of extra care is on independence and can provide an alternative to residential care for many people who value having 'their own front door'.For more information about extra case housing please watch our video:
3. Residential homes and nursing homes
Residential homes provide accommodation, meals and care for people needing a significant level of personal care which cannot be provided in their own home. Nursing homes provide residential care plus nursing care 24 hours a day from a qualified nurse.
4. Supported living
Younger people wanting to move on from the family home may want to consider supported living. This provides people with their own tenancy in a shared house with two to four other people and an on-site support team who can help with personal care, daily living tasks and accessing the community.
For more information about supported living please visit our Supporting People website.