Self Help Guides

Living Safely & Well Self Trainer

This self-training module is for people who visit older people at home eg. health care staff, care workers, hospital visitors and voluntary sector to give general advice on a range of topics.

It has been designed to develop knowledge and skills by increasing understanding of:

  • the effects of poor housing on people’s health
  • the simple actions that can be taken to improve housing conditions
  • the organisations that can help to improve people’s housing conditions

The toolkit will enable you to:

  • identify potential health hazards and problems in the home
  • provide the people you visit with details about how to improve their health/reduce injury risk by dealing with these housing problems, and
  • make referrals to those who can help them

[May 2020]

Planning ahead for housing in later life

The following guides enable older people with long term health conditions and their carers think through the housing implications of the health condition and make plans accordingly, particularly with regard to future housing needs. There are six guides covering, respiratory, macular and heart disease, dementia, stroke and arthritis.

Each guide advises on what people can do to their home to make living with these conditions more manageable. They also describe the range of alternative housing options and offers suggestions about where to find more detailed information, advice and help.  [Note – these are only available as free downloads and have not been printed] [September 2017]

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Thinking ahead: Housing and related care options for older people – a guide for those who care for older people

This is a guide for carers about the housing and related care options for older people in later life. It has been produced by Silverlinks in partnership with Carers UK.


It offers carers and the person being cared for:

  • pointers for making decisions together on the suitability of the home.
  • information on the options available in making the home a better place to live.
  • moving options for later life.
  • the things to think about if considering moving in together.
  • where to find more detailed information and advice.

Follow this link to read the guide:  Thinking ahead: Housing and related care options for older people – a guide for those who care for older people  [March 2018]

Living Safely & Well at Home

A practical guide to improving your home to make it safer and healthier, this brochure explains how common housing faults may affect your health, how to make improvements and who to turn to for more information and practical help.

Click here for brochure [2016]

[Note that printed copies of this guide are available to order – contact]