Housing with care

Sheltered housing

Sheltered (or retirement) housing 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 concept rather than a housing type and covers a range of specialist housing models, which provide a high level of services and facilities, such as on-site domestic support, meal provision and recreational facilities, as well as accommodation and, in some schemes, nursing care where necessary. Extra care housing provides a flexible approach to personal care with access to 24-hour support to deliver planned or emergency care, and so can reduce the need to move into a more residential setting.

Extra care offers one or two bedroomed, self contained accommodation, eg a bungalow or flat,
to both single people and couples. It incorporates particular design features such as wheelchair
accessibility throughout, including level access showers and has key guiding principles to maintain the independence of the residents for as long as possible. Extra care housing can be owned, rented, part owned and part rented and leasehold. Some developments mix types of tenures.