Information & downloads concerning caring for the elderly. Either browse using the A-Z listing, or enter keywords to locate specific items. Alternatively you can browse for information by subject matter, or by publisher.

Making the Case for Retirement Villages

Retirement villages are a relatively new type of provision in the UK. Using the authors own research and other studies, the report reviews evidence to date on the impact of retirement villages. There are several key themes including – the potential for these villages to enhance choice for independent living, how they can be made […]

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Property Law Reform Retirement Housing

An overview of Scottish legislation, i.e. Abolition of the Feudal tenure (Scotland) Act 2000, The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003, & The Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 effective on 28th November 2004, and how this might affect owners of retirement housing in Scotland

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Private Retirement Housing Code of Practice England

The Code for England was launched on 1 June 2016 by the Government under the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. It aims to promote best practice in the management of leasehold retirement housing, regardless of whether the services are provided by private companies or housing associations. The Code can be used as evidence […]

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Private Retirement Housing Code of Practice

This Code of Practice and Addendum has been prepared by the Association of Retirement Housing Managers to promote best practice in the management of leasehold residential properties which are specifically designed and designated for retired older people, sometimes called private sheltered housing.

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Planning for Retirement Housing

Good practice guide, with recommendations, for those involved in the planning and development of retirement housing

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OFT investigation into retirement home transfer fee terms

In September 2009 the OFT announced an investigation into the contract terms signed by owner-occupiers of purpose-built retirement homes. We considered that a number of terms relating to transfer fees – payable when a lease is assigned, sold or disposed of – may be unfair, and hence breach the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations […]

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Guide to Retirement Villages in the UK

A guide to 150 housing developments designed for older people and described by their developers / managers as Retirement Villages.

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Buying Retirement Housing

Describes retirement housing, (also known as sheltered housing), explains some of the rights that purchasers have and highlights some things to consider when buying retirement housing.

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Buying a retirement property FS17

For many people, retirement and sheltered housing allows you to retain the independence of having your own front door whilst having the reassurance of additional services and assistance close by. This factsheet discusses the key things to be aware of when purchasing retirement housing.

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Retirement Living Where is the Opportunity

• By 2025, 20% of the UK population will be over 65 (14.3 million people) • The over 65s own a combined £800 billion of housing equity • JLL estimate that there is a potential requirement for an additional 725,000 Housing with Care units by 2025 which would equate to nearly 50% of all new […]

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Preventative Care the Role of Sheltered Retirement Housing

This paper by the Sussex Gerontology Network of the University of Sussex makes the case for seeing sheltered/retirement housing in the context of the ‘preventative’ agenda. Prepared as a discussion paper for their workshop in April 2006.

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Understanding the factors that can influence the resale values of newlybuilt retirement properties

A report, written by Elderly Accommodation Counsel, considering the resale values of traditional retirement housing-with-support, built between 1995 and 2018.

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Executive Summary Understanding the factors that can influence the resale values of newlybuilt retirement properties

Executive summary of a report, written by Elderly Accommodation Counsel, considering the resale values of traditional retirement housing-with-support, built between 1995 and 2018.

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities A guide to planning

This guide is designed to be of practical assistance to those involved in the planning and development of extra care housing. It looks briefly at demographics, market research, feasibility studies, option appraisal, tenure, planning policy issues, planning application and development control issues.

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Checklist for Sheltered Retirement Housing Providers

Checklist, or tool, for sheltered housing providers to assess how well they work with health & social care services to meet the needs of residents. Useful for Best Value and Supporting People Reviews. A series of questions with tick boxes for answers.

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Living at Hartrigg Oaks residents views of the UKs first continuing care retirement community

This report draws on the experience of the residents, including their reasons for moving there, the location, community, amenities, satisfaction etc.

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Too little too late Housing for an ageing population

CASS Business School, the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and ARCO are delighted to launch their joint research report conducted by Professor Les Mayhew. The report examines the current lack of housing for older people in the UK – including Retirement Communities and how to maximise the benefits the sector delivers to […]

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The ARCO Consumer Code

ARCO aims to set and maintain high standards for operators of Retirement Communities in the UK. The ARCO Consumer Code was launched in 2015, and updated in 2017, to provide a benchmark for good practice within the housing-with-care sector. The Code applies to Retirement Communities in the UK that have been registered with ARCO by […]

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Residential Leases Fees on Transfer of Title Change of Occupancy and Other Events A consultation paper

Some residential leases require the leaseholder to pay a fee when they resell the property, sub-let it, and on certain other events. The fee can be up to 30% of the property’s resale price. The money either goes to the landlord or into a fund for the long-term maintenance of the site. Event fees are […]

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Benefits for people aged 60 or over

State pension age. Retirement pension. Other benefits. Winter fuel payments. Appointees & agents for disabled people. How much they are & how to claim

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Viewpoint 19 Downsizing for older people into Specialist Accommodation

This Housing LIN Viewpoint no19 makes the case for encouraging more providers to create attractive specialist schemes, and for encouraging more people to move into them, to “stay younger longer”. It considers the considerable challenges and the opportunities we face currently in delivering a programme of specialist accommodation, of funding improvements to existing schemes and […]

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Support Plan A Good Practice Guide

This model Support Plan is a tool for working with a service user in a sheltered housing context. It also enables temporary staff to become aware of the aspirations and expectations of service users with the view of maintaining a consistency of service. Contents include 2 case studies, at a glance case study, tenant care […]

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State Pension Factsheet 19

This factsheet has information about the new State Pension (for people reaching State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016) and the old State Pension (for people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016). It explains how to claim your pension and what to do if you have a change of circumstance. […]

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Specialist housing for older people Factsheet 64

This factsheet gives information about housing intended specifically for older people, usually aimed at those over 55 or 60. Specialist housing for older people comes in many different forms and we cannot cover all of these here. However, a common model is housing set out in a scheme of around 20 to 40 self-contained flats […]

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Sheltered Housing Has Changed Nine key questions answers

Describes sheltered housing, what it provides, the role of the scheme manager, eligibility, costs, benefits, & what to look for.

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Sheltered Housing

An introduction to sheltered housing and general advice on choosing accommodation.

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Seniors Housing Annual Review 2021

The data in this year’s Review suggests that, while the pandemic had an impact on the sector, recovery has been swift. We are seeing operators exploring what customers want with different fnancing options and tenures, with an emphasis on choice and flexibility. In this report we share the findings of our third annual Seniors Housing […]

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Retiring Abroad

webpage containing information for people considering retiring abroad, including sections on preparation, arrival, keeping safe, driving, & passports & visas

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Preventive Approaches in Housing An Exploration of Good Practice

The report uses a case strudy approach to look at how particular organisations have responded to the growing need for preventative services under thematic headings, draws examples of good practice and describes the main barriers to and issues around the development of preventative services.

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Opening up the Resources of Sheltered Housing to the Wider Community

Guide examining the issues around expanding the reach and scope of sheltered housing schemes to meet the housing and care needs of the wider community.

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Not Alone A Good Practice Guide to working with people with Dementia in Sheltered Housing

A good practice guide about how staff could and should deal with sheltered housing residents suffering from dementia

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New approaches to housing for older people

This briefing, the latest in our ‘new approaches’ series looks at housing for older people and how housing organisations can respond to housing demand and the needs and aspirations of older people. This publication has been developed with the support of the Housing LIN and is divided into three sections: – Why think about housing […]

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Looking for Rented Housing

Information for those considering moving into rented accommodation. Discusses subjects such as applying for council and housing association housing, private renting, sheltered housing, extra care sheltered housing, and housing for disabled people.

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Looking for Rented Housing

Information for those considering moving into rented accommodation. Discusses subjects such as applying for council and housing association housing, private renting, sheltered housing, extra care sheltered housing, and housing for disabled people.

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LEASE website

Wesite of the Leasehold Advisory Service, an independent advice agency, which provides free advice to leaseholders, landlords, professional advisers etc about the law affecting residential leaseholders

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Internet Access and Online Services for Older People Living in Sheltered Housing

Report on a small scale study that explored how older people in sheltered homes use the internet and how they and their carers feel about onlilne service access

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Implementing Supporting People A Guide for Support Providers

The Guide reflects current understanding of Supporting People. The main details of the policy are now clear and the Guide covers them. However, at the time of writing, there are still a few areas where the full details are not clear, such as charging. Hence the Guide does not cover them.

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Housing options for older people in Cambridgeshire

An introduction to services that can help older people live more comfortably or independently at home, and the options available to those who decide to move in later life. It is written for older people who rent their current homes as well as those who are owner-occupiers, regardless of their income or savings, and is […]

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Housing Options for Older People

Looking ahead to 2026, the rising number of older people, combined with increased longevity, will create a much greater need for properties suitable for the impaired and averagely frail very old. This calls for a commitment to new ‘lifetime’ homes, constructed with the lifestyles of older people in mind. There is a need to plan […]

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Housing Matters

Practical information & advice about available housing choices, including help to stay put, considering moving, moving home, moving in with family, moving to sheltered housing.

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Housing and care options for older people

An introduction to services that can help older people live more comfortably or independently at home, and the options available to those who decide to move in later life. It is written for older people who rent their current homes as well as those who are owner-occupiers, regardless of their income or savings.

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All our futuresHousing for ageing

In the Spring of 2015 leading figures from the housing and ageing sectors came together at a summit to map out the actions required to address the critical issue of housing for an ageing population. This report summarises the key messages that emerged from the day’s discussions.

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Action on Sheltered Housing Information checklist for hospital primary care staff

Outline information about sheltered housing, together with a checklist of key questions for hospital & primary care staff so that they can assess how well they understand & could work with sheltered housing

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Action on Sheltered Housing A Checklist for Social Services

A checklist for Social Services about sheltered housing that aims to improve joint working, by raising awareness of the potential benefits. Outline information about sheltered housing, together with a checklist of key questions for social services department staff so that they can assess how well they understand & could work with sheltered housing

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A Guide to Making Complaints for Sheltered Housing Residents

Sheltered housing includes a range of different models of accommodation and support. The changing and increasing expectations of older people, and the age and nature of some sheltered housing, mean that those models need to be able to adapt to different requirements. At the same time, different ways of funding the support that is included […]

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A Better Life Private Sheltered Housing and Independent Living for Older People

A study by McCarthy & Stone on the health and social care benefits of sheltered housing

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