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Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing provides a home for older people who want to live independently, though would benefit from some support.

Usually, sheltered housing is for people over aged 55, although some sheltered housing providers start at 60.

Sheltered housing is usually provided on small schemes made up of bedsits, flats and bungalows. Sheltered housing can be either for rent or to buy, and offers easy to manage, self-contained accommodation.

Most sheltered housing for rent is provided by housing associations, who work with the Council for applications and to fill vacancies. If you are interested in renting a sheltered housing property managed by a Housing Association, you should register with our HomeChoice service.

The support available varies, though can include:

  • help from a scheme manager or support staff
  • 24-hour emergency help through an alarm system
  • communal areas, such as laundries, gardens or lounges
  • social activities for residents.

Further information on sheltered housing and other accommodation options for older people, including information on buying a retirement home, is available through Age UK.


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