Sheltered housing is ideal if you want to live independently with your own front door, yet also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone is on hand if you need them.
This kind of housing is popular with older people (typically over 55 or 60); however, younger adults with learning and physical disabilities are sometimes supported in sheltered housing accommodation.
How does sheltered housing work?
Properties are usually self-contained flats or bungalows which are arranged in a complex or located close together. Residents have the reassurance of an alarm system for emergencies and an onsite or off-site warden to contact when a problem arises.
There are often shared facilities for socialising, for example, a lounge and garden. Some schemes organise social events and outings.
Residents have their own tenancy agreements and are responsible for their own utility bills, shopping, etc.
Meals and personal care services are not routinely provided; however, care workers will visit residents who have been assessed as needing care and support at home.
Housing-related support may also be provided to tenants living in sheltered housing, subject to their needs.
Paying for sheltered housing
Depending on your income and savings, you may be eligible for Housing Benefit to help pay the rent.
Remember, however, that your rent does not cover the cost of any personal care services you might receive – these are assessed and charged separately.
Finding sheltered housing near you
Your local council can advise you on sheltered housing in your area; however, if you know which sheltered care properties/provider you are interested in, you can usually apply directly to the housing association.