If you find living in your own home difficult but you enjoy your independence and need a little bit of support then sheltered housing may be right for you.
You have your own front door, and the peace of mind that comes from being in a safe and supportive community with people of a similar age, plus a 24 hour alarm service should you need help in an emergency.
Some sheltered housing properties are part of a large complex with a communal area where you can meet and enjoy activities with other residents. Others are built in blocks of two or three flats and some are semi-detached bungalows.
Who can get sheltered housing
Sheltered housing schemes are run by different housing associations and each of these have different conditions that have to be met.
Housing is usually available to anyone aged over 50, but some housing associations set a higher age limit and others offer sheltered housing to people under 50 with a disability or a serious health complaint.
Support available in sheltered housing
The type and level of support you get will depend on your needs but can include:
- help to manage your bills
- opportunities to join in with your local community
- help to stay active, healthy and safe
All sheltered housing in Plymouth has a 24 hour emergency alarm service.
Paying for sheltered housing
Sheltered housing costs fall into three areas:
- the cost of buying or renting your home
- any service charges for maintenance and any communal facilities
- your support costs, such as cleaning or laundry