Talk to family and friends.


This may be the first time you have considered moving from a larger or less suitable property to one that has been designed with the needs of older people in mind. Whilst many people wish to rent as they get older this guide is concentrating on the private sale sector which is still relatively new, bearing in mind such accommodation barely existed before the 1970’s.

It is very important to think about what you want and what is important to you, as well as your family and friends. Do you really need all that furniture? Whilst downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean a smaller property it certainly doesn’t have to mean a change in style or comfort – smaller numbers of rooms perhaps but not in standard of living.

There will inevitably be some concessions to make as having closer contact with people in retirement housing is different to living on your own in a larger property or perhaps with a private garden. You may decide to stay where you are or you may move but consider your priorities and whatever you do seek support from family and friends, especially family, as it is they who are likely to come and see you wherever you move and spend more time with you. Often moving closer to children is better for all parties.