Sheltered (retirement) housing aims to ensure your independence but can provide you additional support if your circumstances change to ensure your future independence. You have the same rights and responsibilities as our other tenants in our general needs properties.. There are various levels of service you can choose from and this will be agreed with you around the time of accepting your tenancy. The level of service can be reviewed at any time by discussing this with your Housing Officer.
Living in a sheltered (retirement) scheme can also offer companionship, by social activities and gatherings. We also support tenants wishing to arrange their own social activities and entertainment which they would like to host to promote social inclusion. Many of our schemes also have communal landscaped gardens, some with barbecue areas which also provide ideal areas for social activities.
Do I Qualify for Sheltered Housing?
Sheltered (retirement) housing is designed to offer a safe and secure environment for people aged over 65. In some cases we may be able to consider people for sheltered accommodation who are aged over 55 dependant on your support needs.
Types of Accommodation Available
We have various types of sheltered (retirement) accommodation which include, in-house studio and 1 bedroom apartments, satellite 1 bedroom apartments and also 1 or 2 bedroom bungalows situated throughout the Borough. To be eligible for a 2 bedroom bungalow you would have to be assessed as having a medical need for a second bedroom, and this would be assessed by the Council's Independent Medical Adviser. Transfers can also take place within the sheltered housing schemes, to aid your support requirements
Our properties provide you with the additional security that they are all connected to an alarm system should you ever need it, and this is monitored by the Scheme Manager. The Scheme Manager can also offer you the added reassurance of contacting you daily or as and when you feel you require this service. Your privacy and independence will always be respected and we will only enter your property by prior permission, or if we have good reason to be concerned about your welfare. We understand that sometimes you like to be alone and at other times you may want to be more sociable, and our sheltered properties give you that freedom.
Occasionally we have open days/weeks for you to drop in and visit us, but if you are seriously considering moving into sheltered housing then we would be more than willing to show you one of our sites by appointment.
How to Apply
To apply for sheltered housing you will need to complete the housing register application form, or if you are already a tenant then you will need to apply to go on the Council's transfer register. If you are an existing tenant and are currently under-occupying your existing home and wish to move into sheltered accommodation, then you may qualify for the Council's under-occupation allowance which is currently Â£1000 per room you are giving up. You would also be provided with additional support to enable to you move, should you require this.
A leaflet containing more information on each scheme is available below
- Chichester House
- St Georges Court
- Harewood Road
- Victoria Court
- Quenell Way
- The Gables
- Juniper Court
- Ingleton House
For further information please contact our Special Needs Officer on 01277 849771.