How to choose where to live in retirement  

When you start to consider options for retirement living or accommodation for later life - for yourself or someone else - you are bound to have questions. We can help.  

The terminology used to describe accommodation and services designed for older people can be confusing. You’ll find there are big differences between the lifestyle and support on offer too. For example, a residential care home is completely different to a retirement village. 

What do McCarthy Stone retirement developments offer? 

We create elegant, award-winning, retirement properties for sale or rent. Our homeowners build vibrant, fun-filled communities. We specialise in thoughtfully-designed retirement properties in brilliant locations  — so you can concentrate on doing the things you enjoy. Are you after the freedom of a low maintenance lifestyle and/or the added reassurance of help when you need it? Browse our developments near you to find your perfect retirement home. 

We’re here to help

If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, give our friendly teams a call on: 0800 2014811 

Read our retirement living guides below... 

retirement living at McCarthy Stone

What is a Care home?

Read our guide to ‘what is a care home?’ and how McCarthy Stone retirement living services are different.

Extra Assisted Care

What is Extra Care assisted living?

We explain the meaning of Extra Care Assisted Living, also known as Extra Care Housing or Housing With Care.

what is extra care?

What is extra Care Housing?

Find out what Extra Care Housing (or Housing With Care) is. McCarthy Stone offers this as Retirement Living PLUS.

What is a McCarthy Stone Retirement Community?

What is a Retirement community?

Find  answers to ‘how do retirement communities work?’ ‘how to choose a retirement community’ and ‘what age to move into a retirement community’.

retirement living at McCarthy Stone

What is a Retirement Village?

Both a retirement village and a McCarthy Stone retirement development offer the chance to be part of a lively community.

What is sheltered Housing?

What is Sheltered Housing?

Read our guide to sheltered housing, how it works and the similarities and differences to McCarthy Stone retirement living communities.

Warden Controlled Housing

What is Warden-controlled housing?

Read our guide to warden-controlled housing, how it works and the similarities and differences to McCarthy Stone retirement living communities. 


What is Retirement living?

Retirement living developments usually refer to a community of retirement apartments or retirement  bungalows exclusively designed for older people.

Retirement apartments for sale and rent - McCarthy Stone

what is Retirement Living Plus?

Retirement Living PLUS developments offer McCarthy Stone apartments with the peace of mind of a manager on-site 24/7. Bespoke care/domestic services are also available.

McCarthy Stone - lifestyle Living

what is Lifestyle Living?

Whether you're after a rural retreat or a stylish city pad, Lifestyle Living provides luxurious low maintenance homes in desirable locations for people over 55.