Thinking about your options

A woman in front of her home.

If you need to make a change to your living arrangements, there is a range of options available. Feeling comfortable with where you live can have a big impact on your quality of life.

Deciding to stay or move

You might be finding your current house difficult to manage and be ready to downsize, or maybe you just need to make a few changes to your home to help you stay there. If you need some support, you may be considering moving in with family or going into sheltered accommodation.

If you own your home, downsizing to a smaller property can release equity which could supplement your pension, and reduce the running costs as well as housework and maintenance tasks.

Renting

If you are looking to rent in the private sector, consider the availability and prices in the area you want to live in and what security of tenancy it offers. If you are a tenant of a local authority or housing association, you may also be able to downsize and there are sometimes financial incentives to transfer to a smaller property.

Adaptations

If you need to adapt your home to make it possible for you to carry on living there, for example by installing equipment to help you get upstairs or answer the door, you might find the guide opens link in new window Adapting your home (PDF 2 MB) useful.

Park homes

Alternatively, you may find the idea of living in a Park home appealing. Park homes (sometimes called mobile homes) are usually pre-fabricated single-storey houses installed on a park home site. Read more about Park homes, or download the factsheet opens link in new window Park homes (PDF 159 KB).

Care homes

Moving into a care home is a big decision and there are many things to consider. Have a browse of our care home advice before you get started.

Further information

To get advice on all of the above options, download the guide

opens link in new window Housing options (PDF 670 KB)

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Useful documents

  • Information guide to help you decide if going into a care home is the right choice for you, and details of the support that is available.
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