The home you have in later life has a major effect on your general wellbeing. Even if you are happy living where you are now, it is good to think about what you might need from your home in future in case you start to have mobility problems, can no longer drive or struggle to keep your home warm.
You may want to stay where you are with support and adaptations if you need them, move to a property which suits your needs better, move in with family or move to accommodation which is specifically for older people. Your options are explained in detail in Age Scotland’s guide Your choice of home in later life.
Home maintenance and repairs
Maintaining your home can be a challenge; you can find information about the help available with repairs and adaptations in our Older Homeowners' Guide.
If you need advice about repairs or to find a trustworthy business and avoid the risk of being scammed, contact your local Care and Repair service. You can also check if your local council has a trusted Trader scheme.
Fire safety can be a problem in later life, as some older people will 'make do' with faulty household appliances rather than replace them, and the risk is higher if people smoke or have memory problems. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides advice about keeping your home safe, and have also worked with us on our Fire Safety guide, which you can download below. You can also book a free home safety visit through the Fire Scotland website.
The Age Scotland Helpline
Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.