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Care Home Alternatives – What are my options

Accepting the need for additional support can be a daunting prospect for many older people to come to terms with – but it’s best to start making plans if you’re considering care home alternatives. For most, the idea of moving into an elderly home, and losing a lot of independence in the process, is a less than appealing option. Luckily, with a variety of choices on offer nowadays, this doesn’t have to be inevitable.

Preparation and prevention are key – and while staying in good health and exercising regularly are great places to start; it’s worth putting some more concrete plans in place. From down-sizing to adapting the home, we’ve created this post as an overview of these care home alternatives – so you can decide on the best option for you.

Down-sizing as a Care Home Alternative

Of the 12.3 million UK residents over the age of 65, around 3.1 million feel like they’ve got to ‘stay put’ in their current housing arrangement – with the upheaval of moving being too off-putting for many. Despite this, downsizing to a smaller property is still one of the best ways to ensure that you can remain living independently, and with a good quality of life, for as long as possible.

You may be fit as a fiddle now but getting older is inevitable – so it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected when it comes to your health. Moving into a smaller, single-storey building, such as one of our annexes, can not only decrease potential stresses on your mobility, but will also require less upkeep and maintenance due to their reduced size. Somebody To Lean On – Family and Friends

While you may be adamant that moving to a care home isn’t an option for you, it’s important to acknowledge that you’re probably going to need more assistance as you get older and a care home alternative will be needed. Relocating to a property closer to your existing support network of family and friends is a great alternative to getting this support – and an increasingly popular one at that.

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An estimated 1.5 million older people rely on their relatives for support, preferring the comfort of having care provided for them by someone they know and trust as opposed to a hired carer they may be unfamiliar with. With family and friends able to provide help that is often quite substantial, moving within a closer distance to them can be a no brainer.

Here at iHus, we understand the appeal of being close to your support network as you grow older. Our wide range of annexes, and array of customisation options for them, are the perfect way to tackle any of your concerns directly. Having an annexe built in the garden of a loved one allows you to continue living independently in a smaller, more appropriate space – all while having access to support that is quite literally on your front doorstep.

Making Changes – Adapting the Home

For some individuals however, moving out of the place they call home is simply not an option – be it due to practical issues, sentimental reasons or otherwise. If this is the case for you, there are other ways you can prepare for the later stages in life without needing to relocate to a care home or smaller property.

One option could be to adapt or renovate your current property, and it’s a good idea to make these changes while you’re still able to do so. Installing traditional aids, such as grab rails and stair lifts, are popular, tried and tested methods which can ensure you’re as prepared as possible for any future changes to your health or mobility. What’s more – modern aids, such as devices that can track for consistent movement across a property, are only working to enhance this.

Adapting a home however – while certainly an option, can only do so much to assist you with living on a larger property. Our bespoke line of annexes come in a range of sizes to suit your needs and we take pride in kitting them out with all the aids you’ll need to live comfortably. With all our builds fully customisable, we’ll work with you to create a space that truly feels like home and gives you the accessibility support you may need now or in the future.

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A Professional Service – In-Home Care

Making adjustments to your current property is certainly an option, but you may also find that a professional service – provided either through a home care agency or with a private carer, is a great way to supplement it.

If you or a loved one is starting to find it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks and personal care routines – such as getting dressed, washing or cleaning the house; then help can be provided. Not only this, it’s typically tailored to suit your needs – so there’ll be as little disruption to your life as possible. Different people will need varying levels of care so, while some may require external help on a full-time basis, others may only need it for a few hours each week.

Councils and the NHS are also increasingly investing in ‘telecare’ and ‘telehealth’ technologies to help their carers do their job in a more effective way. Devices can now be used to remind elderly homeowners to take their medications; or as a way for care staff to monitor things like blood pressure remotely so they don’t have to intrude if they don’t need to.

There’s downsides to this option though as in-home care is in high demand and can often be an expensive solution. As such, it may be preferable to move closer to relatives by building an annexe in their garden – so they can offer support free-of-charge. In-home care can still be used to supplement this and take some of the pressures off your loved ones – but it would certainly be a less expensive option than full-time care.

There are plenty of alternatives to going into a care home and here at iHus we’re extremely passionate about building spaces that can ensure comfortable, independent living for as long as possible.

Trust in iHus

With over ten years in the business and nearly 300 annexes built, why not get in touch with our friendly team to see how we can build you the annexe space of your dreams – and provide a care home alternative that suits your lifestyle.

View Our Annexes

The Cantley is the smallest annexe in our Core range and is one of our most popular models for independent living. The floorplan is designed to maximise space and fits comfortably into most back gardens.
As one of our most popular one-bedroom annexes, the Bawtry is the perfect choice for elderly care or an independent young adult looking for their first home.
The Ravenscroft is a spacious one-bedroom annexe, designed for those with a larger garden plot. All three footprints utilise a central shower room to separate the bedroom and the open-plan kitchen/living area to maximise living space.

Recent Projects

Williamson bespoke granny annexe

Jenny Williamson

The Williamsons family moved into their Annexe over 3 years ago. When visiting the family they told us life in their new home exceeded their expectations for many reasons. So much so, they wanted another iHus building! Click view to find out more about their story and take a look around their Annexe.
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Wendy Hamm

In Autumn 2020 Wendy Hamm and her family approached iHus as they were contemplating an annexe build in their back garden to house Wendy’s mother. Wendy’s mother Jane, 82, was living over an hours drive away from the family. Wendy’s day to day responsibilities meant that visits to Jane were a lot less frequent then they would have wished. Read their story here.
BOOKER Annexe

Shelagh Booker

All of our iHus annexe are customised to meet the want’s and needs of their owners. Take a look around Mrs Bookers annexe and listen to what her and her daughter have to say about their iHus annexe journey below.
granny annexe projects

Jenny Haughton

We recently visited the Haughton Family to see how garden annexe living was working out for them. It’s safe to say they feel like it was the perfect choice. Watch the video below to hear their experience of this ever-growing lifestyle.

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    Download Your Free Annexe Brochure

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