Making the right move
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 Anchor 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.
This describes a variety of rental and/or leasehold properties set out in a village development. Retirement villages often offer very modern homes and on-site leisure facilities such as restaurants and gyms, as well as the option to opt-in to at-home care packages if required. Some can also have a care home on-site.
Find out more about Anchor’s retirement villages.
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 where an at-home care service is also offer these properties are often called Extra Care housing locations.
Find out more about Anchor’s retirement properties.
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 residential 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.