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:
- 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.
The Wellbeing Service aims to help independent living at home with personalised support, minor adaptations and assistive technology. The Telecare Service helps you to live independently in your home but safe in the knowledge that help can be summoned quickly by pressing a button on a pendant in an emergency. This might be from a family member, friend or the emergency services.
For more information on how the the Wellbeing Service can benefit you, a family member or friend, see Related articles
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