Types of housing options for older people

There is a range of options available to someone looking for accommodation in later life. The type of housing chosen will depend on the potential residents' circumstances and requirements. The accommodation listed below ranges from those that can be lived in independently, through to those that offer full dementia support and care for those with more significant needs.

Living at home can become more difficult as you get older. It may mean it's time to explore housing or care at home options. Abbeyfield offers five types of service designed to support older people at varying stages of care requirement. Explore the different housing and care options that Abbeyfield can provide.

  • Supported Housing offers residents the independence of having their own room in a home from home environment - a housing type similar to the Assisted Living or Sheltered Housing. 
  • Independent Living Independent living apartments, often referred to as retirement villages or complexes, offer older people a totally independent style of accommodation. Often purchased as 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, independent living is usually meant for older people with little to no care needs and can be ideal for those looking to downsize. 
  • Residential Care Homes are for older people with relatively low care needs. This type elderly accommodation is for people who are frail, but do not require nursing or specialist care. At a Care Home the support services are more along the lines of help with washing, dressing and other daily living activities. 
  • Dementia Care homes are specifically designed, and have fully qualified staff, to support people with this condition. Our dementia care homes have dedicated dementia specialist and carers that are trained to provide the highest standards of care to all our residents.
  • Domiciliary care at home service is for anyone who wants to stay at home while receiving care and support from a care at home assistant. We provide a range of services from support with medication and exercise through to offering genuine companionship and friendly conversation.

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