There are options for people over 55, who might be looking to move to more appropriate housing. Two options are highlighted below.
Sheltered housing is often wrongly confused with residential care. This form of housing is for people over 55 (sometimes 60) and provides an environment that helps to sustain long-term independent living. This is achieved through the design of the properties and the availability of an on-site or visiting Warden. Communal social facilities are sometimes available.
Sheltered housing is let through this scheme and is advertised only for people above the required minimum age or for people with a known disability who would benefit from sheltered housing.
Extra Care is a type of housing designed to promote independent living and quality of life for older (generally over 55) or people with Disabilities
It can be defined as:
Housing for people aged over 55 who need housing related support plus an individual package of care to help them remain independent.
Like traditional sheltered housing, Extra Care housing is organised into clusters or smaller estates; the difference is that Extra Care developments include on site management plus a range of individually tailored care services and social facilities. The level of care provided can be tailored to the needs of the resident (some residents require no care services.)
The Home Choice lettings scheme does not advertise Extra Care, however you might want to register your interest with your local Housing Options team. Extra Care developments often offer an option to buy as well as rent.
Extra Care and Sheltered housing are not intended for households with children.