Housing options for older people

If you’re thinking about where you might like to move as you get older we can help. We've listed some housing options for older people for you to explore and find out the difference between each.

Housing options for older people moving out of their own home

Are you starting to think more about where to live as you get older? It may have come to a time where you feel like living in your home isn't as suitable or safe, and although it is not an easy decision there are a number of options available. These include renting, buying, sheltered housing, independent living housing, residential care homes, dementia friendly care homes, nursing homes and care at home options offered by Abbeyfield. 

Whether you are looking to downsize or find somewhere more suitable for your physical needs, finding it more difficult to manage by yourself, want to live in the company of others as part of a community, we have a variety of housing options to suit you. Read more below to find out about the range of options and to search for the right housing option near you.

Sheltered Housing

Independent Living

Residential Care Homes

Dementia Friendly Care Homes

Nursing Homes

Housing options for older people remaining in their own home

Staying in your own home could still be an option for you, even if you are struggling with daily activities. Small changes to your home and getting support from trained carers could make all the difference and help you stay at home for longer.

Care at Home

Abbeyfield's Care At Home service currently operates in the following locations:


Our Malmesbury Care At Home service is run from the Abbeyfield independent living complex Burnham Court.


Our Sunderland Care At Home service is run from the Abbeyfield independent living complex Hope Bank View.

Next steps

Things to consider when downsizing

Planning ahead and making sure you have all the information you need can help make the move into a new home easier and worry free.

Your guide to moving house in later life

Whatever your reason for wanting to relocate, our tips below will help you in your move.

Tips for settling in to your retirement home

At Abbeyfield, we want new residents to feel at home as quickly as possible, so we’ve put together a few tips, as suggested by our residents, to help you settle in quickly.

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