The demographic shift taking place in the UK and the impact an ageing population is having on elderly care services is now well documented. Despite this, all too often the process of considering elderly care remains the response to an accident, illness or significant decline in health resulting in many individuals and families having to make life changing decisions at short notice. It is therefore increasingly important that individuals and families consider their future needs as early as possible so as they can remain in control of decisions regarding their care to the greatest extent possible.
There are various living options available to elderly people today which can be split into ‘home care services’ (hourly home care or live-in care) and ‘specialist residential accommodation’. Residential accommodation can itself be into two categories, ‘institutional accommodation’ (nursing homes and care homes) and ‘specialist housing’ (retirement housing, assisted living and retirement villages).