You may feel that you have reached a time when you no longer want to stay in your current accommodation. Perhaps you are struggling to get around the place, are no longer able to do everything for yourself, or are feeling a bit isolated and lonely. At the same time you may not want to give up your independence and privacy, and don't need as much assistance as is offered in a care home. If this is the case, sheltered housing might be the solution for you.
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 bed 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.
Please see our dedicated Sheltered housing pages for further information and how to apply.