Where we live can have a big impact on our quality of life. So if you’re considering a move, think first about how to get the most out of making a change.
• What is important to you?
• Are you looking for familiarity, security or privacy?
• Would you like to live in a new environment?
• Are you looking for of a sense of community?
Maybe you want to stay in your home, but need your home adapted to make it easier for you to get around. Or perhaps you want to maintain your independence, while having someone to call on in an emergency.
It’s a good idea to think about what you might need in the future, as well as what you want now. Finding out as much as possible about all the options gives you the best chance of making the right decision. Talking the possibilities through with family, friends and taking independent advice, can also be very helpful. But choosing where and how you live should be your decision; no one should try to persuade you to do something that you’re not sure about.
Staying at home
Staying in your own home doesn’t necessarily mean that things have to stay the same. A few simple changes could make life a lot easier. You might want to consider security and safety, adaptations, repairs and improvements and support in the home.
Making the right move
Moving will be a success only if your new home is right for you. Here are some questions you might like to ask yourself before making a decision.
• Is the accommodation available within your budget?
• What are the local facilities like? Is there a post office, shop or bank nearby?
• What is the public transport like? Even if you drive now, there could be a time when you do not want to or cannot continue driving.
• Will your friends and family be able to visit you easily?
• Do you like the area and do you feel safe?
• If you are a couple, how will the other manage if one of you dies?
• Will your new home be suitable for your needs or easy to adapt if your needs change in the future?