Sheltered and retirement housing
Sheltered and retirement housing usually consists of purpose built and self-contained flats with communal facilities or a group of bungalows or flats. This accommodation is specifically designed for older people (or younger disabled people) to allow them to live independently.
Most properties have their own front door, kitchen and bathroom, so that residents can continue to live independently and have the freedom to come and go as they please. Many schemes offer social activities or entertainment for residents, such as coffee mornings or quiz evenings, and organised excursions to places of interest.
The main advantage of sheltered housing is that residents have help at hand if they need it. Additional support may be offered in the form of:
A scheme manager (or warden) living on- or off-site, who gives advice to residents, ensure that communal areas are clean, and arranges maintenance and repairs.
A 24-hour emergency alarm system, such as Carecall within each property, so that resident can call for help if they have a fall, for example.
Some scheme managers may offer additional support, including making regular checks on your well-being, liaising with your local doctor and your relatives and managing the day-to-day running of the accommodation.
Housing with care
Housing with care is similar to sheltered/retirement housing but often offers a greater level of care, where up to 24-hour support with personal care is available. This can help people to retain their independence and choice while giving them support as required. Housing with care can be an alternative to residential or nursing care and is also known as extra care sheltered housing or very sheltered housing.
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