In the UK, there is an aging population. We’ve probably all heard this, but are we aware of what it means? An aging population is one where there is a large number of older, retired people. This is due to the UK’s excellent healthcare and the quality of life meaning that people are living longer and longer. Births are outnumbering deaths by a considerable amount which means we have more and more people living in the country. At least 18% of the population of the UK is over 65, and 2.4% are aged over 85 (according to the office of National statistics).
Because of this, there has been a huge increase in the demand for retirement homes all over the country. Retired people often want to move into smaller houses which are easier to manage but they are finding it harder and harder to move into suitable accommodation. This isn’t just an inconvenience for older people, but it makes it harder for younger people to move into larger properties because they just aren’t available.
While there are many retirement homes and companies offering incredibly luxurious properties all over the country, these aren’t always a popular choice. Many people feel that moving into a retirement home is a step away from independence – which they don’t want to lose, understandably. Park homes can provide an excellent alternative to retirement homes. They’re small enough that they’re attractive to older, retired people yet they allow these people to retain their independence for a longer time.
Park homes are independent, individual homes which are smaller than normal houses. A concern that a lot of people have when downsizing is the cost. Retired people want to free up a lot of their funds so they can enjoy their retirement with some extra cash. Buying a standard retirement property can often eat into these funds and leave you with little cash. Park homes are not only cheaper overall, but you can sometimes park exchange, where you use the profits from your home to buy it – and keep the difference.
This affordability allows retired people to enjoy the freedom of owning their own home, without having to break the bank. They can still be left with a lot of cash which is 100% their own so they can enjoy their retirement in style and comfort. Not only this but because park homes are completely individual, retired people don’t have to feel like they are ‘being looked after’ or ‘losing their independence’. Because this is a common concern for a lot of older people, park homes are designed with you in mind.
They are specifically designed so that you can retain your independence for as long as possible. That is why a lot of them are bungalows – so you don’t have to traverse stairs which you may feel unsteady on. They are all designed to be open and easy to access – so no high cupboards or things that may be out of your reach. This is why so many older retired people feel like park homes are becoming a much better alternative to retirement homes.
There are not enough houses built and designed for the older population, even though we have such high numbers of retired people in comparison to other countries. It’s clear that this isn’t sustainable, as older people are being forced to stay in their family homes that they can’t cope with. It also means that younger people are finding it harder and harder to get onto the property ladder as there aren’t enough houses for them to buy. Older people are also having to make the difficult choice between staying in a house which is too big for them or moving into a retirement property which can cost a fortune. By moving into a retirement property they also feel like they are losing their independence – which they don’t want.
None of us want our independence taken away from us, and as long as we are still able to physically cope we should be allowed to have our individuality. Park homes are such an ingenious solution to this problem because they are solving all of the issues. They are independent enough that people don’t feel like they are trapped or being forced into a property where their freedom is being taken away. Yet they are small and comfortable enough that they make the perfect properties for those who are looking to downsize.
Park homes are also designed to be connected with other people who are in the same boat. Made exclusively for retired people, park home sites are a close knit community of people who no longer work, but aren’t ready for the pipe and slippers life just yet. For those who move into a park home, they will benefit from their continued independence, but the peace of mind of knowing they aren’t alone in their community.
Sites with park homes are also completely sustainable for the local community. They meet the needs of local areas quickly and efficiently, and they don’t cost too much to build. They are far better at meeting the local demand when it’s required – simply because they are more quickly built and developed. They provide a number of quality homes for the retired community without taking up valuable land space. This often makes more sense than building a new estate which isn’t designed for older people. It also makes more sense than building a retirement home which people might not want to move into.
If you’re retired or planning on it then you should consider moving to a park home. They will solve all of your issues such as moving into a smaller home, while freeing up some much needed cash to enjoy your retirement. You will be surrounded by like minded people who will understand your needs and you will retain your independence. They are the perfect solution to the shortage in retirement homes and they make so much sense for a country with an aging population like we have.