If you are older or have a disability and you are thinking about moving home but want to retain your independence, it is worth considering sheltered/retirement housing.

If you can no longer live completely on your own but do not need 24 hour medical supervision, extra care housing might be a good option for you. Find out more about each type of housing below.

Sheltered/retirement housing is for older people or people with a disability who want a smaller home but want to retain their independence. It is usually a smaller and more accessible, self-contained home within a complex. There are often shared rooms for activities and social events. Help with support needs and on-call services are usually offered.

Some sheltered/retirement housing in Bath and North East Somerset is allocated through Homesearch - a scheme agreed with the Council and housing associations. It is usually one bedroom housing at a low cost rent, sometimes with shared access to a guest room.

Other sheltered/retirement housing is offered through housingcare.org, Curo Housing and Knightstone.  

Extra care housing is for people who don’t need 24 hour supervision but can no longer live on their own. In extra care housing you can get meals, personal care services and other services, social activities and facilities. It is sometimes called assisted living or housing with care. It is usually provided in flats with shared rooms for activities.

Social workers allocate some extra care housing and can help you decide what kind of accommodation you need.

View a list of Community Resource Centres and Extra Care provided by Sirona care & health

Find out more about extra care housing

Search extra care housing schemes in Bath and North East Somerset

We provide housing related support to help people live in more independent accommodation than they otherwise might or prevent loss of independent accommodation.  We (and our partners) do this by helping people:

  • Budget and pay for their accommodation
  • Meet the other responsibilities of having a tenancy or owning their home
  • Know how to get all the necessary services for the accommodation such as gas, electricity and water
  • Deal with repairs and/or improvements to the property
  • Keep their accommodation warm, safe and comfortable
  • Look after themselves with the help of suitable care and personal support when needed
  • Know how to get on with their neighbours
  • Access community services when needed
  • Not feel trapped or isolated in their accommodation to the point where they no longer wish to live there
  • Be involved in activities that help to enhance independence, e.g. work and work-like activities including volunteering, and lifeskills programmes etc.

Many of the services are designed to be short term (from 6 months to 2 years) and there is no charge. However, we also commission a number of long term services which are chargeable but people may be eligible to receive help in paying for these. Find out more about paying for housing related support in the tab below.

Some people pay towards housing related support and some do not.

You do not have to pay if:

  • You do not earn much money and do not have savings of £23,250 or more
  • You get housing benefit
  • You are getting housing support for less than 2 years and it is helping you to live more independently (this is called short term housing)

You will have to pay if:

  • You have savings over £23,250
  • You earn a lot of money 

You may have to pay towards housing related support if:

  • You need housing support over a long time.
  • You have had an assessment to see if you need to pay towards it. (NB: If you are not happy with the assessment you can appeal or ask for it to be done again.)

There are different ways that people pay for their housing support depending on their circumstances. To get help or find out more, call our Client Finance Team on 01225 396370. To find out more in general about money or legal matters, visit our money and legal section.

Search for sheltered/retirement housing on homesearch. Other sheltered/retirement housing is offered through housingcare.org, Curo Housing and Knightstone.  

View a list of Community Resource Centres and Extra Care provided by Sirona care & health

Find out more about extra care housing

Search extra care housing schemes in Bath and North East Somerset

Find out more about housing for older people in Bath and North East Somerset.

General advice and information

Age UK provides plenty of useful information about sheltered and other housing.

How well does your home suit you? Do this housing questionnaire for older people to find out. 

Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) is a national charity helping older people make informed choices about their housing and care needs.

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