Housing choices for later life
The decision to move house or not can be a difficult one to make, but it may be something that you need to consider for a number of reasons including one or more of the following:
- you may want to move nearer to friends or family
- your house is difficult to adapt to your needs
- your house is expensive or impossible to heat
- you can't manage the garden, maintain or clean your home.
There are services available to help with the above but moving house might leave you much better off financially and socially and with far less to worry about. It may be that you would like to move to a smaller property that is more economical to run, freeing up some of your time and money to do other things.
There are a range of alternatives to consider. This may be selling your current home and buying another which suits your needs; or you might want to consider more specialised housing such as sheltered or extra care housing schemes.
Helping with choosing and moving to a new home
The idea of moving home can be daunting but the benefits of making the move can be very worthwhile. You may feel that moving would not be for you because:
- I have a dog or a cat
- I have the family to stay sometimes
- I have too much furniture
- I can't afford it
- I can't deal with all the hassle of finding somewhere and packing.
To help you Calderdale Council has created a relocation service to help guide you through the process.
Our advisers can help you, from discussing your different housing options to helping you consider what needs to be done before and after you move. Their local knowledge and links with social landlords and estate agents means that they are aware of what is available. You might be surprised at how much your house is worth and what you are able to afford. They can also talk through the choices of alternative housing.
If you need support Contact Housing Options Service.
Home for Life map
The Home for Life map is designed to help you make choices about where you would like to live. It contains information about where housing schemes, local GP surgery's, bus stops and local shops are.
Give it a go by typing in your own post code and seeing what is near by. You can add different things in, such as GP surgery, by ticking the different boxes: Home for Life map
If you would like any more information or would like to make a suggestion about what else we could include in the map email email@example.com.
Different types of housing
There are a number of different types of housing that are tailored to be flexible in meeting the needs of older people. These include sheltered and extra care schemes, almshouses, residential care and nursing homes. There are also a number of private housing schemes across the borough that are available to buy into. The Home for Life map has more information about where these schemes are and how you can get in touch with them.
More than a home for life
There is a wide range of services available to help you stay independent and remain living in your own home:
- one off help with small jobs around the house;
- to help with personal tasks, having care delivered into your home;
- minor adaptations to your home when returning home from hospital.
Some services are offered by Calderdale Council, others are offered by private and voluntary organisations such as Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees| or for tenants by your landlord.
Ageing well is not only about being able to live well in your home but also about being able to be part of your community and the different groups within it.
There are a variety of groups in Calderdale that offer anything from gentle exercise to adult learning where you can meet like minded people on a regular basis.
To find out more download Home for Life [PDF file 2513KB]|.