Housing has been one of the hottest topics of discussion in the UK for quite a while; property prices have been steadily rising, whilst more and more people find it an impossibility to get themselves onto the property ladder with the chance of securing an affordable home.
Often, however, this spectrum of debate tends to centre on the first-time buyers, new families, and those who are looking for the step up from a flat to a dream home. Typically, you would expect this crowd to be what are these days termed as “Millennials”, as in those who grew up near the turn of the 21st century.
This is far from the case in terms of those who need help and access to more of the property market, and it is easy to forget for many that first-time buyers are by no means the only demographic to encounter difficulties within the housing sector.
Indeed, with the quest to secure votes from younger generations often leading to promises around new “starter” homes, with an emphasis on affordability for those seeking to make their first purchase, it can very much be the case that older generations can be left behind and not involved in the debate.
The particular issue with this arises because although many of this generation already have ownership of a property, it may not be the one they need now, and certainly not the one they need in ten years’ time. This then becomes a double issue as many realise that the lack of housing falling into the hands of first-time family home ownership and the like is due to the impracticality of older people being able to dispense of their current properties and move into a location that better suits their current and future circumstances.
It is often the case that an older person struggles to occupy a larger house that was once home to all of their children who have since flown the nest and begun to make their own moves into their own homes. This bigger house was perfect for a family of four or five, but when it becomes just one or two, those sets of stairs all over the place suddenly become a bit more daunting, especially if you need to move stuff about the house.
Affording a carer week on week can become a huge financial responsibility, and if you are supporting offspring at the same time for any reason, keeping carers on call for when needed can introduce a huge burden.
This is why many homes ought to be considered to be made more friendly for elderly users, with the likes of stair lifts and bungalows an obvious go-to option. Aside from making these homes more usable through retrofitting, many care home placements are opening up through a need to facilitate the requirements of those who are getting older, including the developments by MBi Social Care of Hartlepool in the north of England.
The housing market can be a minefield to navigate, but by having carers at your side whenever you need them, it can make all of the other tasks so much easier.