Sheltered housing is specially designed or adapted accommodation that is available for rent or for sale, mainly for older people. It is sometimes called retirement housing. Some sheltered schemes are called 'extra-care sheltered housing' or 'very sheltered housing', and these may provide extra facilities.
What does it provide?
Different housing schemes offer different services. However, they usually provide many of the following.
- Self-contained flats with their own bathrooms and fitted kitchens. (Some of the older schemes in the borough which have not been modernised yet, still have shared bathrooms.)
- Shared facilities such as: a laundry, a shared lounge for a variety of social activities, gardens and sometimes a guest room.
Security and safety features such as door-entry systems.
- A warden, scheme manager or sheltered-housing officer who may or may not live at the scheme.
- 24 hour emergency help from the call centre which each flat is connected to.
If you are not eligible for social care support you can find out about Supported Housing by looking at the list of available places at the bottom of the page.
If you are are eligible for social care support you may be able to access one of the two 'Extra Care' schemes. Follow the Link below