Supported, sheltered and extra care housing

Supported housing for older people in Bolton

What does it do?

Sheltered housing is designed to help older people to live independently, with a little extra support.

These housing schemes are generally aimed at those over 55 or 60 years of age.

In Bolton, the majority of sheltered housing is run by Registered Providers (Housing Associations) for rent, although there are a few properties that are available for sale or shared ownership.

There are two main types of sheltered housing in Bolton: Core and Older Persons.

Key features of Core Sheltered Schemes:

  • A group of properties on one site or under one roof with shared lounges designed for socialising and communal activities.
  • Good accessibility - usually built either on one level or with a lift to upper floors.
  • Staff on site during the week to provide a safe, secure and friendly environment, help customers resolve any problems and provide information, advice and support.

Key features of Older Person’s schemes:

  • Safe and secure environment.
  • Provision of 24 hour community alarm services.

Some Older People’s schemes also have support through:

  • Optional access to support e.g. regular calls and visits. 
  • Intensive housing management services available to provide tenants with the help and support they need to maintain their tenancy.

There are eight registered providers with older peoples’ schemes in Bolton. Access to these is either through Bolton’s Find a Home Choice Based lettings scheme, or direct to the registered housing providers.

Who it is for?

People who need a bit of support to live independently

Where it is available?

Local service (Bolton).

What it costs:

You pay rent under a tenancy agreement, and the usual utility bills you would pay for in your own home i.e. council tax, electricity, water. Depending on your income, you may qualify for housing benefit for your rent.

How to access or apply for it:

Please contact our Older Adults helpdesk on 01204 335900 to ask for a social work assessment.

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Victoria Square, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1RU