When considering their future needs, some people decide that their current home might not be right for them in later life.

Whether you are thinking of moving somewhere smaller, nearer to family and friends, or interested in accommodation aimed specifically at older people (commonly known as retirement housing, or sheltered accommodation), it is important to think about how to get the most out of making a change.

  • Are you looking for familiarity? Security? Privacy?
  • Do you want to live in a new environment?
  • Do you like the idea of a sense of community?

Finding out as much as possible about all the options available to you gives you the best chance of making the right choice.

As the Anchor Group is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people, we know that for those used to living in their own property, it can be helpful to know the difference between the main types of retirement accommodation available when making your decision.

Retirement villages

This describes a variety of rental and leasehold properties set out in a village development. Retirement villages offer independence with a sense of community, often with access to leisure facilities and the option to build in at-home care if required. Some also have a care home on-site.
Find out more about Anchor’s retirement villages.

Sheltered housing

Sometimes referred to as sheltered accommodation, this describes a group of self-contained houses or flats supported by a scheme manager or warden, with access to 24-hour emergency help. This is offered on a rental or leasehold basis and can include at-home care.
Find out more about Anchor’s retirement properties.

Care homes

Care home residents have their own bedrooms, some with en-suites but share all communal areas within one building. Care homes offer access to 24-hour support and are most suitable for those who require continual care. Care homes often provide specialist nursing or dementia care.
Find out more about Anchor’s care homes.