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Sheltered accommodation

Sheltered accommodation is specifically designed for older people. It is ideal for those who want to downsize and continue to live independently within a self-contained home but would benefit from additional security and who may need occasional support.

We understand reaching the decision to move into sheltered accommodation can be a big decision. However,making this move can also offer a number of benefits:

  • communal lounges where you can meet other residents and socialise.
  • shared gardens for the green fingered, which are managed jointly by the council and residents
  • a 24-hour emergency helpline service which enables you to summon help in an emergency at just the push of a button.
  • a payment of £1000 for each bedroom you give up if you are a current council tenant who is downsizing.

Living in sheltered accommodation can also offer companionship by giving you the opportunity to join in, or help to plan a range of social activities such as coffee mornings, book clubs or other activities.

We will also support tenants wishing to arrange/host their own social activities and entertainment to promote social inclusion.

Do I qualify for sheltered accommodation?

Sheltered accommodation is designed to offer a safe and secure environment for people aged over 55. However, we may be able to consider people who are aged over 50 dependant on their support needs.

Types of accommodation available

We have various types of sheltered accommodation which include studio and one-bedroom apartments within an in-house scheme, and also satellited Studio, one bedroom apartments and a range of one and two bedroom bungalows situated throughout the borough of Brentwood.

To be eligible for a two-bedroom bungalow you would be recognised as having a medical need for a second bedroom, this would be assessed by the Council's independent medical adviser.

All properties are self-contained with their own kitchen. They are all unfurnished enabling you to bring your own furniture and personal belongings with you to make your new property home from home.

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 sometimes you may 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 which enable people who are interested in moving into sheltered properties to drop in and visit us. However, if you are seriously considering making a move into sheltered accommodation and unable to wait for an open day, we would be happy to show you one of our schemes by making an appointment with one of our Sheltered Housing officers by contacting us on 01277 312500 and asking for someone to contact you to arrange a visit.

How to apply

To apply for sheltered accommodation you will need to complete the online form below: