Housing and care home options
If you have reached a time when you no longer want to stay in your current accommodation because you are having greater difficulties in managing your home on your own, and you’re finding yourself feeling isolated then sheltered housing may be a suitable option for you. You don’t have to give up your independence and privacy, and sheltered housing gives you both the freedom and greater social contact with your neighbours in the scheme's community.
Sheltered housing schemes (sometimes known as retirement housing) are properties for rent aimed at people over 60 years of age, although some schemes are available for over 55s. There is no upper age limit on who can live there. Tenants are generally able to do most things for themselves. They are often still quite active, want to be as independent as possible and come and go as they please. If a tenant does need some assistance with day to day tasks this can be arranged as it would in any other accommodation.
Sheltered housing properties are usually self-contained, purpose-built flats, houses or bungalows with their own front doors, kitchens and bathrooms. They are usually designed to be easily accessible for people with wheelchairs or other mobility issues. Most schemes will have flats for couples and flats for individuals. There's often also a communal area where residents can socialise.