Why is later living replacing care homes?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Your later years are known as the 'golden years' for a reason. After all, it's probably the only chance you'll have to live out your dreams. With that in mind, you might think that you don’t want to spend your retirement in a care home.

However, getting older doesn't necessarily signify the end of your independence. There are alternatives to struggling with the responsibility of maintaining your current home and spending your days worrying about security.

Later living and assisted living developments are a much preferred option for many, as they provide as much or as little support as you require whilst giving people the opportunity to keep their freedom and privacy.

If you need a little bit of help with the household chores or assistance getting in and out of bed, but don't like the idea of round-the-clock care, later or assisted living properties could be the ideal alternative.

Let's take a look at the benefits:


One of the biggest advantages to this type of retirement property is that you are still able to own your own home. This sense of freedom is absolutely essential for many retirees, as retaining control of the property enables you to live as you see fit. Moving from your own home into rented accommodation can be a major culture shock, but later and assisted living allows you to feel at home.


When you move into your later years and relationships with work colleagues grind to a halt, it can be hard to meet new people if you're isolated in your home. In assisted or later living developments that are shared areas, you can socialise with other homeowners and build friendships.

Domestic assistance

Your golden years give you a chance to do everything you've been promising yourself your years. If you’re still dealing with the burden of household chores, maintenance and DIY then you could end up wasting your free time. Assisted living developments take away the burden of everyday activities and give you the opportunity to spend your time however you like.


Families are funny things – we miss them like crazy when we don't see them, but they drive us up the wall when we spend too much time together! Retirement properties often provide guest accommodation, so that your children and grandchildren can come to stay without getting under your feet.

To find out more about why later living is replacing care homes, visit McCarthy & Stone on Youtube and watch some of the videos.