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Supported and sheltered housing - information and advice
Sheltered accommodation and supported housing are types of accommodation for older people or people with a disability, which include relevant care and support services. The terms cover two different types of housing. The differences are explained below.
Sheltered accommodation is a flat or bungalow specially designed and built with the needs of older people or people with a disability in mind.
There are lots of variations between sheltered housing schemes but they usually provide self-contained accommodation with warden/sheltered housing support services where help is on hand for support and assistance. Some schemes have communal facilities such as a communal lounge and laundry facilities.
Supported housing is usually for people with disabilities who need housing-related or care-related support. People can have their own tenancy and may live independently or three or four people may live at the same address.
Another type of accommodation is extra care housing. This is explained below.
Extra care housing
Extra care housing offers a new way of supporting people to live independently for as long as possible. It provides the security and privacy of a home of your own, a range of facilities on the premises, combined with access to 24-hour care/support services if required. For more information, see the extra care housing page.
Supported and sheltered housing - frequently asked questions