Information to help recognise when it’s the right time to make a move

At some point in our lives many of us will need to make a decision on the level of support and care we might need in the future. No one thing will necessarily determine when the time is right to make this decision, and the level of help that you might need can vary depending on lots of different factors, so it’s sensible to find out in advance and have in mind what options might suit you best.

Find the right time to make the move

Making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful for you, your family and friends. Even if you only need temporary respite, for example after an illness or a fall, it’s always a good idea to know what’s available in your local area and what steps you’ll need to take to make it happen.

There are many things to think about, and the checklist below can give you an idea of the things you need to consider. It’s not something that you have to do on your own, so why not sit down with a family member or friend and talk through them?

  • What is it that’s making you feel that you need to make changes to the way you live? Is it a lack of social contact, or are you physically not able to do some of the tasks that you want and need to do?
  • Do you want to stay in your own home and get some extra help? There are devices like handrails or stairlifts that might help, or services where people can visit you to help you with daily tasks, like your shopping or cleaning.
  • Do you want to downsize and not have to worry about the garden, the size of your home, your security or your bills?
  • Do you want to rent or buy another property?

There are so many forms of care and support available that there really is something for everyone. Take a look at our houses and homes to see the full range of options.