There are over 130 sheltered housing schemes in Cambridgeshire. All tenants living in sheltered housing have access to a support service which will either be provided by a scheme manager or via a visiting support service which has been specifically commissioned for people aged 65 years and above to support independent living.
All schemes should be equipped with a 24 hour alarm call system connected to a call monitoring centre for emergencies.
Accommodation is usually self-contained and most schemes have a communal lounge, laundry room and a garden. Many schemes run social events and these are usually organised and run by residents living in the scheme.
Your district council's housing advice service can give more information on sheltered housing in your area and advise whether there is a waiting list.
Extra Care housing
Extra Care housing schemes are specifically designed to enable older people, aged 65 years and over to live independently. The flats are well-designed, safe, secure and accessible and equipped with a 24 hour call system. Residents have the reassurance of knowing that there is a care team on site 24 hours a day to meet their assessed personal care needs.
Flats in Extra Care schemes are generally self-contained, so you have your own front door. The majority of flats in a scheme have one bedroom but some schemes also have some 2 bedrooms flats. Most schemes have a restaurant and dining area, communal lounge, laundry rooms, assistive bathroom, hairdressers and a guest suite available for residents’ visitors.
To be eligible for Extra Care housing you must have both a housing and care and support need. A housing need would mean that your current home was no longer suitable e.g. you may not be able to cope with the stairs and so have to sleep downstairs. A care and support need means that you need help with personal care – this might include help with bathing and showering, personal care needs or assistance with medication.
Residential or nursing home
When the time comes, you might feel you want to consider moving into residential care.
The Elderly Accommodation Council (EAC) offers advice to help older people make informed decisions on their housing and care needs. It has information about sheltered housing that is available to rent privately.
- Search our directory for local and national support services
- Find out how equipment and technology can help you live independently
- Find out more about changes you can make in the care choices directory
- Age UK website
- Age UK housing choices information
- Being a carer
- When you feel you need more care and support
- Cambridgeshire Insight's guide to housing services