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Finding a new home

Deciding whether to move home in, or in anticipation of, older age can be challenging. Whilst a move may provide a whole new lease of life, a wrong move will be difficult to undo.

A more suitable home

Finding a more suitable home

If you’re not looking for retirement or sheltered housing, you may still be interested in bungalow estates or apartments that are designed to be ‘age friendly and where residence is restricted by age – typically to people over 50 or 55.

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Buying a shared ownership property

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Buying a shared ownership property

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Buying a ‘lifetime lease’

A lifetime lease means what its name suggests – you buy the right to live in a property for as long as you (both in the case of couples) die or move to a care home. It enables you to live somewhere you couldn’t otherwise afford, or to retain some of proceeds from selling your current home to spend on other things.

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Retirement housing

Understanding & finding retirement housing

Retirement housing includes a wide spectrum of apartment blocks and bungalow estates that are for people over a certain age (typically 55 or 60), have on-site management, usually include communal spaces (residents’ lounge, garden, parking, buggy store) and often have a vibrant social life.

Read more about retirement housing.

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Lifestyle Housing

Understanding & finding lifestyle living & retirement villages

Recent years have seen the growth of a new type of age exclusive developments whose attraction is that they focus on encouraging and supporting an active, healthy and sociable lifestyle, whilst still providing a range of ‘hospitality’ services, as well as care if or when needed.

Read more about lifestyle living & retirement villages

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Understanding & finding housing-with-care

Housing-with-care is a recent but natural evolution of retirement housing to provide an environment capable of enabling older people to maintain their independence even if they become physically or mentally frail.

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A care home

Understanding & finding a care home

A care home is a residential setting where a number of older people live, usually in single rooms or hotel-style suites, because they need regular or continuous access to care.

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Read more about nursing homes

Search our directory of nursing homes

Hoop app

Our ‘HOOP’ (Housing Options for Older People) ‘app’ is designed to help you weigh up the pros and cons. This site also contains plenty of reading about the ‘Should I stay or should I move’ conundrum.

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