Housing advice for older people who want to stay in their own homes
This information will help you to consider the options available if you do not wish to move.
Where we live is a very important issue for all of us. But you may be having difficulty living at home because:
- your home is in need of repair - for example, you have no central heating or your roof is leaking;
- you need help (support) understanding letters and sorting things out;
- you find every-day jobs difficult, for example: cleaning, shopping or bathing; or you cannot afford to pay your bills
If any of the above apply to you, there are two main housing options open to you:
- Staying where you are and receiving support or making improvements or changes (adaptations) to your home,
- Moving to a more suitable home for more help and support with everyday jobs, or to be closer to shops and services.
Your choice will depend on your personal situation and you should look into each option carefully before making any decisions - there are people who can help you.
If you are considering moving because that may better suit you, please see information on the page about moving home in Related articles.
If you want to stay where you are, please read the information below.
If you are renting, you could ask your landlord about improving or adapting your property to make life easier.
If you own your own home, it may also be possible to improve or adapt it. Boston Borough Council can advise you about:
- Free energy efficiency advice to help make your home warmer and your fuel bills cheaper
- Disabled adaptations, so that you can move around your property safely - for example: bath/shower, toilet, stair-lift, and kitchen adaptations, see Related articles for more information
- Small works loan scheme to deal with serious repair problems - for example: rewiring, roof repairs and serious damp, see the Private Sector Housing Policy Framework 2015 in Related documents below for more information.
If you are worried about being alone and getting help in an emergency - for example, having an accident or becoming ill - you might want to think about the Telecare service. By pressing a button on a pendant you can contact a 24-hour response centre, who will then call out the best person to help you - for example, a neighbour, relative or friend or the emergency services. For more information and advice on the Telecare service, contact Lincolnshire County Council Adult Social Care Services (see useful links).
Adult Social Care Services (formerly Social Services) will also be able to tell you what assistance you can get with everyday jobs and about help towards the costs.
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