We have three types of housing specifically for older people.
These are usually flats or bungalows that have been specifically built or are particularly suitable for people normally aged 55 years or over, who can live independently.
Sheltered housing is for older people, normally aged 60 years or over, who can live independently and are able to manage alone, but who prefer the added security of an alarm system and the assistance of support officers. This includes people who are able to care for themselves with the help of a social service care package. All sheltered housing schemes offer self-contained flats or studio flats depending on the age of the scheme.
Extra care sheltered housing is accommodation for older people, normally aged 60 years or over, requiring higher levels of support enabling them to remain independent in their own homes. Our extra care schemes offer self contained one or two bedroom flats.
To find out what Council or Housing Association properties are currently available please click property search. If you only wish to look at sheltered or extra care sheltered housing highlight sheltered under 'Property Type' and click on the 'Search' button.
If you apply for sheltered or extra care sheltered housing an assessment of your suitability for this type of housing will need to be undertaken, normally through a home visit, before any offer of accommodation is made.
If you currently live in a council property that is too large for you and are considering moving to smaller accommodation you may be eligible for a cash payment to assist with the cost of moving under our Transfer Incentive Scheme. For more information please click Transfer Incentive Scheme.
The Elderly Accommodation Counsel's website www.housingcare.org aims to help older people make decisions about where to live, and any support or care they need. It has information about a variety of housing options, including rented accommodation, care homes, options for releasing equity in your home and retirement homes for sale.