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Age UK is working to enable older people to remain independent in their own homes for longer and with more confidence.

We know from our experience and evidence that the majority of older people want to remain in their own homes for as long as is practically possible.

‘A little bit of help’ offered in a timely and personal way can have a significant beneficial impact on health-related quality of life.

Age UK and its partners offer a range of services to enable this to happen.

What Age UK does nationally

Age UK is leading on a flagship strategy with local Age UK partners to enable high quality home support to be accessed by older people across the UK - Age UK is also a provider of a number of directly delivered services:

  • The Gifted Housing Service: By gifting their house to Age UK, a home owner (70 years or older) can stay in their home longer with peace of mind, knowing the Charity is looking after all the maintenance needs and has organised all the right care to be in place to support them as they get older.

What Age UKs are doing locally

  • Local Age UKs develop and provide vital home and care services to people in later life, ranging from specific home help services, such as cleaning, gardening and shopping, and also community warden and ‘handyperson’ schemes.
  • Homeshare: this scheme is currently being piloted by some local Age UKs, allowing older people to stay in their homes for longer by offering accommodation to someone in need, in exchange for their companionship or help with household tasks.
  • Over the coming year, Age UK will be working with local partners on defining types of services that can be delivered on a national scale and to a consistent and high-quality standard.

Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK 0800 169 8787

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