When you reach the age of 55, you have some decisions to make. For most of us, the children have left home and we find ourselves rattling around in houses that are no longer well-suited to the way we live our lives.
Too young to consider sheltered housing options yet too old to be considering an apartment in the centre of town, you may be wondering how you can manage to find a home that’s compact, energy-efficient, homely and welcoming in a peaceful setting. It sounds like an impossible dream, doesn’t it?
The truth is that it’s perfectly achievable thanks to the growing interest in park homes.
What is a park home?
They may look like mobile homes at first glance, but step inside one, and you’ll quickly see the difference.
Park homes nowadays are built to the same high standard as other types of housing, so you can expect a high-quality finish, built-in appliances, main drainage and electricity, excellent insulation and efficient heating systems.
Because park homes have been developed for an older demographic, you can be sure of meeting like-minded neighbours, all of whom care for their little patch of Eden, cherishing the peace and quiet, along with easy access to local towns and rural villages.
It’s no surprise that Age UK praises park homes for being easy to manage, cheap to run and with a community atmosphere for those who fear loneliness.
They’re easy to source. Just search online for park homes for sale, and you’ll find plenty of sites, such as http://www.parkhomelife.com, which set out your options and provide information and photographs so that you can see for yourself the sort of building standards that apply these days.
Safety and security
Older people worry about how they will cope with ageing. Safety and security are a particular concern, but the setup of most park homes is very reassuring. You’re surrounded by other like-minded people in a closed community, where everyone keeps an eye out for each other. You can go on holiday or visit friends knowing that your precious home is safe.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have visitors of your own. Many park homes have two or more bedrooms, giving you all the benefits of your previous home but with much lower running costs.