Choosing where to live
A new, free guide on how to find the right housing option for you provides information and advice on topics such as deciding whether your home is right for you, thinking about your priorities, and the different housing options to consider.
Think about what you’ll need now and in the future – Moving can be a big upheaval, so considering your future needs now will give you more choice and control. Think about where you want to live, your health and care needs, and your budget. Health and care needs, in particular, might change, so it’s important to take this into consideration.
There are many reasons why you might be considering where to live as you get older. Health and mobility difficulties, changes to your household size, and a wish to be closer to family and friends, or to shops and services, are a few examples. This guide helps you to consider your options. It looks at:
- Is your home right for you?
- Deciding your priorities
- Staying where you are
- Moving, and the different housing options available
- Getting help with the move
Choose the type of home – There is a range of different types of housing that you could move to, so think about the pros and cons of each before you decide what would be best for you. Options include downsizing, moving in with family, sheltered or extra care housing and care homes.
Plan ahead for the move – Plan as much as possible in advance to help reduce the stress and cost and make things go as smoothly as possible. Get quotes from a few different removal companies and be realistic about what possessions you can take with you if you’re moving to a smaller property. Download our checklist to get you started.
Order or download the guide from Independent Age or by calling 0800 319 6789