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Finding a home that suits your needs

The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has launched a campaign encouraging ‘rightsizing’, supporting people to find a home that’s the right size for them and their needs.

What is rightsizing?

Rightsizing means finding a home that’s right for you now and in the future. This might mean moving to a smaller home or somewhere on one level. It might mean moving near family or staying close to amenities. It could mean exploring supported living or retirement options.

Choosing to rightsize doesn’t always mean moving somewhere smaller. It is about making sure the space you’re living in is right for your needs. It may mean moving, but it may also mean adapting your own home.

Making the decision to rightsize can result in many benefits. It also means you have plenty of time to explore all options available to you.

What are the benefits?                                                       

  • Have more disposable income
  • Feel safer in your home
  • Have more free time because there is less maintenance
  • Improve your social life
  • Feel comforted that help and support is available when and how you want it
  • Feel content knowing you’ve got your future planned

Before deciding to rightsize it’s important to talk to others. Here are some questions to ask yourself or discuss with family and friends to help you make the right choice for you.

Where do you want to live?                                                

Choose a location that’s right for you. Do you want to live close to family and friends, near to shops, good local dog walks or a bus route?

Do you want to stay in an area you’re familiar with or are you happy to move to a new community? Think about what services and activities you want near your home.

Help and support                                                     

Consider whether you need any care requirements, such as residential, nursing or personal care.

Would you want to live somewhere with onsite support staff who look after building maintenance and emergencies?

Is onsite security important to you? Do you want domestic help with your washing and cleaning?

Think about family

It’s worth having a think about how many bedrooms you really need. You might need a spare room for the grandchildren. Some schemes and complexes have space for guest rooms allowing family to stay over.

Many people worry that their family will be upset if they decide to move. However, you may be surprised that your grown children could encourage the idea of you no longer living in the family home and having less to worry about. In many cases they will be happy that you’re thinking about the future and making your own choices about where to live.

Love your lifestyle

It’s good to think about the kind of life you love now and want for the future. Do you like gardening or do you have a pet? Is living on your own really important to you but you would like to also have some shared social facilities?

Which areas of your home do you currently use the most and do you need storage such as a garage? Rightsizing might mean moving to a similar-sized home that is laid out differently or has adaptations to support you as you get older.

 

It’s never too soon to start thinking about a house that works for you.

Visit yourhome-yourchoice.co.uk to find resources and support to rightsize.

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