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Abbeyfield Society, 800 houses around the country, offering residential places to elderly people. They’re at Abbeyfield House, 53 Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts AL1 3UW (01727 857536; www.abbeyfield.com).
Age Concern publishes a range of useful fact-sheets on subjects including Buying Retirement Housing, Finding Help at Home and Housing Options. They’ll send out up to five sheets free of charge; ring 0800 009966, write to Age Concern, Freepost, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7ZZ, or visit www.ageconcern.co.uk.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel, 3rd Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, offers a free telephone advice service to elderly people considering their housing options. Ring 020 7820 1343, or visit their website at www.housingcare.org.
Help The Aged, 207-225 Pentonville Road, London N1 9UZ (020 7278 1114) has a housing advice section on its website www.helptheaged. org.uk, including tips on how to choose a care home or retirement home. For help, telephone their SeniorLink line on 0808 800 6565.
McCarthy and Stone builds retirement developments, some of which offer assisted living, ie an on-site waitress restaurant and wardens permanently on duty. Some regions offer part-exchange on your current property; for details of your area, visit www. mccarthyandstone.co.uk.