Housing with Care

Housing with care is sometimes known as Extra Care or Assisted Living

Sheltered Housing

Sheltered Housing (or retirement) is provided by local authority housing departments and housing associations for older people who would like to remain independent but prefer the added security and reassurance of a scheme manager and an alarm call service.

A scheme manager is either based at the site or visits regularly. Many sheltered housing schemes also have communal lounges, laundry facilities, lifts, door entry systems and specially adapted facilities.

Extra Care Housing

Extra Care housing is a form of housing with care, similar to sheltered schemes, with self-contained accommodation together with some communal facilities. In an Extra Care scheme, instead of low level support traditionally provided by wardens in sheltered schemes, higher levels of care and support are provided on site by a designated team of care workers, who can be available 24 hours a day.

Extra Care allows you to retain your own tenancy and have care services delivered ensuring that you are able to remain safely in your own self contained accommodation.

Care Villages

A Care Village, or retirement community, is a very broad, generic term that covers many varieties of housing for retirees and seniors – especially designed or geared for people who no longer work, or restricted to those over a certain age.

It differs from a retirement home which is a single building or small complex where no “common areas” for socializing exist. Many care villages provide people with independent accommodation and may include shared facilities, such as meeting rooms, a library or pool. It might also provide lifestyle services and social activities, such as organised outings, joint meals, craft, visiting doctors and allied health professionals.

Most residents are aged 55 years or over or are retired from full-time employment (or are spouses/partners of such people).

Although staff in some villages have healthcare backgrounds, services in care villages generally do not include health care.

Care villages are usually run by commercial operators for profit, or by community organisations such as religious or ethnic associations.