Sheltered Housing

There are a number of properties that offer independent living and are designated for persons 55 and over. Some schemes will accept those under the age of 55 if a person has a need for the support offered.

The homes will usually be within a group of self-contained flats and/or bungalows. Some are fitted with adaptations such as wet rooms to suit those customers with mobility issues or disabilities. Many schemes have a common room and organise regular social events in which tenants may choose to participate. Sheltered housing aims to help prevent feelings of isolation whilst maintaining independency.

Scheme managers do not provide care services for residents or carry out tasks like shopping or cleaning. You can still apply to social services for support if you live in sheltered accommodation. For example, having meals delivered to your home if you have problems cooking.

Residents may have to pay a weekly service charge to help cover the cost of the scheme. But the amount you have to pay may vary, so always ask how much the service charge will be. It's also important to check what the service charge does not cover.