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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.

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