Moving, downsizing and ageing in place solutions for older people

As we grow older, making a decision about where to live is stressful. We don’t always understand the options available and moving home is particularly taxing, mentally and physically, especially if family members are not close by or able to help.The Home Straight offers a service in Scotland which supports you and your family through this decision making process.

Here’s what we can do for you

We want to help you get on with your life, be independent, connected, respected and live, for as long as possible, in your own home. We can help you, whether you want to stay where you are, or, move and downsize to a smaller property, sheltered housing, residential care or nursing home. We can advise on adaptations to your current home so that you can continue to live there safely and independently and we can support you through the entire process of moving and downsizing. We also offer advice and guidance on improving your wellbeing in a new environment.

Thinking about moving home

Talking it through with us can help order your thoughts, get things into perspective and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

Planning to move house

Being prepared with a plan means moving house is less stress. We will work with you on all the logistics including how to take care of your pets and manage the move for you.

Saying goodbye

If you’ve lived in your home for a long time it will be a wrench to go. We will help you organise your photos of your life there as a permanent memento or suggest an artist who can paint your favourite rooms and views.

Prefer to stay put

We will give you advice on adapting and/or modifying your current home to suit your physical and/or cognitive needs and identify, source and educate you in the use of any adaptive equipment.

Downsizing means de-cluttering

Deciding what to let go is not always easy. We will help you work out what you most love, use and need.

Working with the whole family

Working with The Home Straight will help take the pressure off relatives so that they can balance their own family and work commitments with the needs of their loved ones.

Coping with change

The chances are that you need a bit of help adjusting. Our coaches will help identify the main anxieties for both you and your family and work out the best ways of tackling them.

Finding tradespeople

If your current or new home requires work to make it exactly right for you, we will help you find trusted tradespeople and manage their work for you.

Getting ‘plugged in’

You will want to make new friends, find out about which local council services you can access or locate private home help. We’ll find out what’s going on and help you work out what state support you are entitled to.