This factsheet gives information about housing intended specifically for older people, usually aimed at those over 55 or 60. Specialist housing for older people comes in many different forms and we cannot cover all of these here. However, a common model is housing set out in a scheme of around 20 to 40 self-contained flats or bungalows, with a basic range of shared facilities such as a lounge, laundry and garden. Most schemes have a manager (warden), who may be resident or offer ‘floating’ support, and there is almost always an alarm system providing a 24/7 link with a control centre.

This factsheet aims to help you understand the several different types of specialist housing and decide whether it is right for you.

Publisher: Age UK
Published Date: 2021
Length: 18p