One step short of moving into a care home, there are some options for you and your parents to consider if they are finding it harder to live independently at home. Sometimes, situations change, e.g. a partner dying or loss of mobility. Here, Age Space have outlined possibilities to maintain living independence in Hampshire.
We also recommend you check out our page on Safer Independent living in Hampshire.
For a guide to financing see our Home Adaptions for the Elderly in Hampshire page.
Downsizing in Hampshire
Downsizing can remove some of the more difficult struggles that come with living in a large family home including gardening, stairs, cleaning and maintenance. Moving to a smaller home can also be financially beneficial in freeing up capital for future care needs.
When planning a move, it is important to think in the long term and consider access to care, transport links, closeness to family and friends and local social activities. Our Guide on Choosing a Care Home in Hampshire includes an overview of the major towns in Hampshire and their appeals.
If your elderly relative is still healthy and mobile, downsizing is the first of the independent living options to consider. For more general tips on downsizing visit our page on the main Age Space site.
When planning a move for your elderly relative, you should consider local access to healthcare services. You can use our overview of Elderly Care Services in Hampshire to find out the provision of healthcare in each area, including finding the nearest GP.
The availability and accessibility of transport services is an important factor to consider when your elderly relative is moving area. This is especially essential if your relative is not longer fit to drive.
Traveline South West is an online resource enabling you to plan bus journeys from A to B in Hampshire, and to see how quick and easy a potential trip is.
Age Space also has two guides for you to take a look out when thinking about elderly travel around Hampshire:
- Patient Transport Services in Hampshire for the Elderly
- Hampshire Community Transport Schemes for the Elderly
Sheltered Housing in Hampshire
Sheltered housing is accommodation specifically designed for older people to allow them to live independently. Additional safety measures mean you can be assured of their safety. Accommodation usually consists of self-contained flats with shared, communal facilities.
Some common features of sheltered housing include:
- help from a scheme manager (warden), or support staff
- 24-hour emergency help through an alarm system
- communal areas, such as gardens or lounges
- social activities for residents
Before applying to a sheltered housing scheme your relative will most likely need to undergo a care needs assessment. Age Space offers a guide on getting a Care Needs Assessment in Hampshire.
Sheltered housing can be bought or rented privately, or it may be provided by a local authority, subject to eligibility. To find out more about local authority funded sheltered housing, click on your local council below:
Alternatively you can search for private sheltered housing in Hampshire using Housing Care, and refining your search by an area of Hampshire. The directory provides information on services available, the typical resident and costs.
Hampshire Retirement Homes
If your parent maybe requires closer watching or may benefit from a more communal feel, a retirement home might be a good option for them. Instead of separate housing, retirement homes offer the chance to rent or buy a room or apartment within a complex/building. Retirement homes differ from nursing homes in the level of nursing care that is available to residents.
You can search for retirement homes in Hampshire using Housing Care, and again, refining your search by area of Hampshire. The directory provides information on services available, the typical resident and costs.
Follow the link to the Age Space page Finding a Care Home in Hampshire if your parent requires a more hands-on and care-centric housing approach.