Where to begin

Looking for housing or care can be a complicated process. Here are our guides to help you on your journey.

Make your way through our guides to help you on your journey through retirement.

  1. Moving home
  2. Moving into a care home
  3. Health and wellbeing
  4. Living with dementia
  5. End of life planning

Moving home

Housing options for older people

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

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.

Downsizing - your complete guide

Everything you need to know about downsizing.

Moving into a care home

When is the right time to move into a care home?

Moving to a care home can be an emotional time but making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful.

What kind of care do I need?

If you think you, or someone you know, needs care, the first step is to get a care needs assessment from your local council.

How will I finance the care I need?

Arranging care at home or moving into residential care or supported living can be a complex process, but we’re here to help. Below we’ll take you through paying for care, step by step.

Health and wellbeing

Healthy eating and nutrition

Eating healthily is important for all of us no matter what stage of life we’re in, however ensuring you have plenty of nutritious foods in your diet throughout later life will help you stay active and healthy for longer.

Exercise advice for people over 65

Living an active lifestyle is a good idea for all of us, with even small levels of exercise and activity massively contributing to overall physical and mental health.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Living a healthy lifestyle in old age is not just about looking after your physical health and fitness, but about making sure that you look after your mental wellbeing too.

Getting a good night's sleep

We all experience difficulties staying or falling asleep sometimes, however these issues are particularly common in older people due to the natural changes that our circadian rhythms go through as we age.


Providing advice and support on combating loneliness in later life.

Living with dementia

Dementia Friends at Abbeyfield

At Abbeyfield, we want all of our residents living with dementia to live the way they want which is why we offer Dementia Friends information sessions to all.

How Abbeyfield utilises The Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest we can give a person with a healthy brain to experience what dementia might be like.

Helpful organisations for those with dementia

A list of helpful organisations for those living with dementia.

End of life planning

End of life planning

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed of all your options can help alleviate any stress and give you confidence that your wishes will be met.

Helpful organisations for end of life planning

Helpful organisations for end of life planning

Making a will

Having a will is an important step in end of life planning. It is the document that gives clear instructions for your loved ones or executors about what you want to happen to you money, property and assets.

Planning a funeral

When it comes to planning your funeral there are lots of options available to consider. A funeral director will be able to help plan both the practical and personal elements but we’ve covered some of the things you might want to think about in advance.

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