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Housing choices

 Housing choices

 
There are an increasing number of housing choices for older people in the UK.   As we advise on alternatives we find there is still some confusion as to what it all means.   So here is a short explanation of what is available showing who they are designed for, the key features and the type of tenure available.  
 
Type
Who for
Features
Tenure
Lease-
hold
 
Rental
 
Shared owner-
ship
Age limited housing 
50+ or 55+
Able bodied & mobile
Needing no care
Independent people
 
Quiet
Like minded older people
 
 
Sheltered housing
Usually 55+
Those needing minimal support but wanting security of alarm system
Self contained own flats
Warden on site sometimes
 Maybe communal facilities such as lounge, buggy store, limited social activity
Extra Care or assisted living
 
Usually 60+
Where care needs identified eg help with washing, dressing
Self contained own flats
Warden on site 24 hours /day
Care packages integral or can be purchased
Often a restaurant on site & social opportunities
Retirement Village
Wide range of people: independent to those needing care.  Sometimes nursing & dementia care
Range of properties from independent living apartments to  rooms for dementia sufferers. Many facilities including social activities and restaurants
Care or Residential home
For frail and or sick who are not able to live without considerable support
Room with all meals and care provided Specific parts or whole dedicated to dementia care
 
 
Nursing home
For those who are sick
Room with all meals and care provided and nursing care.  Specific parts or whole dedicated to dementia care
 
 
Hospice
Terminally ill
Not a choice of course but this end of life care probably needs little explanation – but did you know that places are sometimes limited – can be sent home