Making decisions about your future
It's never too late or too early to make decisions about your future.
Planning for your future means important decisions about you and your health can be taken while you are still able.
Understanding the signs of growing older can also help with taking action, whether it’s making smaller lifestyle tweaks or more targeted steps to reverse or delay your journey into later in life.
Struggling to perform basic tasks like cutting your toenails doesn’t mean that it’s too late to make changes and regain some of these abilities. Some of the stages of growing older can be reversed and this improves the sooner you act.
While it's important to aim to stay independent for as long as possible, there may be a time when you need care and the possibility of long-term care. It's important to understand your options and the financial implications of care while you are still able to.
This includes making decisions about where you will live; deciding whether you will stay in your home or move in to Retirement Living and understand how much does care cost. Social care, unlike healthcare, is not a free service. Look for more information on the support to stay at home page.
Councillor Adrian Hardman talks about why it’s important we address remaining independent and making decisions about your future.
For those considering alternative housing options, take a look our Extra Care video. Extra Care refers to retirement living, for people aged 55 and over. It offers living in a home of your own with 24/7 support on hand, should you need it. For more information please visit the What is Extra Care page.
This video explains Supported Living, where a person with a disability gets the support they need to live in a home they own or are a tenant in. In this video we meet a number of people who show us how Supported Living helps them to live more independently. For more information visit the Supported living for people with disabilities page.