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Housing Options

Retirement & sheltered housing

Retirement and sheltered housing is for people who can live independently but need the peace of mind that there are on-site services that can be called on to provide low level support for short-term or longer-term needs. 

There are different types of sheltered schemes and retirement housing, to rent and buy. They are provided by councils and Housing Associations. Schemes usually consist of between 15 and 40 dwellings. These may be bedsits, self-contained flats, bungalows or luxury apartments. The complex is often built around a garden or communal facility and is linked to a central control centre for security. 

Most schemes have a manager or support worker, and a community alarm service. There are often communal facilities; usually a lounge, laundry, guest flat and garden. Meals are not normally provided, but a few schemes include a restaurant and some can arrange hot meals. 

Private developers also build retirement housing for people with very minimal support needs, who are usually over 55 years, to buy or rent, or for shared ownership. 

Retirement housing is aimed at people with very minimal support needs, while sheltered housing is for people with higher level support needs, for example, people who can live reasonably independently but may need some support with daily tasks.

Often, people who move into sheltered housing, through the enabling type of service, find they can do the things they were struggling to do before, more easily.  

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