Combat Loneliness Through a Home Part Exchange

During trying times as, we have all been experiencing since March 2020, many older people can sadly find themselves lacking support and feeling increasingly isolated. Whilst many would like to live as part of a supportive and inclusive community, the hurdles that come with moving in later life may often be too much of a deterrent.

Later living village Mickle Hill in Pickering, North Yorkshire, can offer a solution: through its part exchange partners, the village sales team can assist with every step of the sale of resident’s homes on their behalf, freeing them from the stress and pressure involved and allowing them to enjoy their retirement to the fullest sooner than they realised.

Residents at Mickle Hill live as part of a friendly community that looks out for one another and enjoy a wide range of in-house amenities to boost their social life. The village’s domiciliary care provider, MHA, can offer onsite care support for those who need it in the comfort of their own home. This includes tailored care and support plans ranging from help with personal care, companionship or help around the home.

Resident Margaret, 71, settled in her one bedroom apartment in late 2019 to enjoy her retirement somewhere better adapted to her needs. The sale of her former home was entirely handled by Rangeford Villages, the developer behind Mickle Hill, who worked alongside an external home exchange company, meaning no estate agent fees.

She says: “The sales staff were really helpful every step of the way, which enabled me to move to Mickle Hill within two months, in time for a very enjoyable Christmas.”

Margaret’s new home is located in the village’s entertainment hub, called the ‘Pavilion’, which boasts a cinema, gym, Jacuzzi, library and café bistro. Adding to the community lifestyle is the hair and beauty salon, convenience shop and regular activities such as felting, calligraphy, crafts and art, singing, gardening, gym and gentle exercise, scrabble and board games.

Moving to Mickle Hill has given Margaret confidence that if help is needed staff are on call 24/7, and she likes the freedom and flexibility Mickle Hill gives her. She says: “If you want to be on your own that’s okay but there’s always someone around if you want company. There’s a big family atmosphere at Mickle Hill. It offers the best of both worlds.”

Commenting on life at Mickle Hill during lockdown, Margaret says: “I have certainly benefited from living at Mickle Hill over the isolation period. I am being fed and watered – the Bistro is still taking orders for delivery or takeaway; I am getting my laundry done, and if ever I need any help, there is always someone available. With the weather being so nice, I have been able to make the most of the beautiful gardens and go for a walk each day. As far as I am concerned it could not be better and I feel incredibly lucky to be living at Mickle Hill during this time.”

Margaret concludes: “Looking back, I know that moving to Mickle Hill was the best thing I ever did, and I feel very fortunate and have no regrets.”

For more information about part exchange or to discover Mickle Hill, visit or call the friendly team on 01751 245000.


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