Housing and care homes for older people

We offer a range of housing and services for older people across the UK and overseas. Whatever your needs and stage of life we have a home for you. We know that as you enter later life your needs change, and therefore so do your accommodation requirements.

The later life accommodation sector has a lot of terms and definitions for housing types and services offered - our housing options section gives industry definitions to help guide you - but essentially there are four main types of housing for older people: independent living, supported housing (assisted living), care home and dementia care home.

Here we talk about the four main types of housing we offer, in the UK and overseas via our network of international societies. Additionally, you can download our PDF brochure. and to further help you make the right decision try our house questionnaire before looking at a potential new home which should help you ask all the right questions. 

Independent living

Our independent living with extra care is made up of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom, high quality, self contained apartments. The tenure options available include buying, shared ownership, rent or leasehold but this does vary from development to development so you will need to check what is available at the one you’re interested in.

All apartments have a fully fitted kitchen so you can prepare meals at home but some independent living developments have restaurants so you can enjoy meeting up with some new found friends and eating out on occasions.A range of leisure facilities are available and there are opportunities to enjoy a busy social calendar. You’ll find onsite support 24 hours a day should you require assistance and services are available to provide personal care and support in your own home for as little as one or two hours a week. If your needs increase then we can offer assistance with bathing and other personal needs. You can also purchase services such as the provision of home cooked meals, cleaning or help with your shopping.

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Supported Housing

Our supported houses give older people the independence of having their own room with the security of an alarm system and a house manager on site. The house manager will check on you every day and can help assist you in an emergency so you can feel safe, secure and comfortable. They will also build a lasting relationship with your family, GP and any external agencies.

Abbeyfield House is a supported house

Donaldson Lodge, Potters Bar

This type of accommodation is typically a converted house with about 10 residents and often has a communal lounge or garden. They are near to local shops and other amenities so you can still get out and about. Assisted living is only available to rent so if you wish to buy then please have a look at the independent living section.

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Care homes

Our care homes are ideal if you’re looking for peace of mind, find it difficult to look after yourself and want to have the security of highly skilled staff on site 24 hours a day to help you with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing, toileting, medication or assisting you at mealtimes.

Care home

Lee House is one of our care homes

You’ll have your own en-suite room with access to communal lounges, dining rooms and gardens. You’ll also have access to health, leisure and community services tailored to your needs. All meals are provided and special diets are catered for.

If you’re extremely frail or have a medical condition that requires frequent medical attention from a doctor or nurse, then you will need a care home which also provides nursing care.

Care homes don’t just provide permanent accommodation – you may just want to stay on a temporary basis if you need to convalesce after an illness. This will also give you a great opportunity to try living with us should this be something that you look to in the future as your requirements change.

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If you are considering moving into a care home permanently then you should contact your local authority so they can carry out an assessment of your needs. More information on this process can be found in our Care system explained section.

Dementia care

Dementia care homes may be an option if you find it difficult to look after yourself or it’s not possible for you to receive the level of care you need in your own home. Highly skilled and compassionate staff are onsite 24 hours a day to provide specialist care.

Dementia care

The environments have been developed specifically to include innovative therapies and approaches to encourage well being and are based on seeing the person with dementia as an individual with unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs.

Each resident has their own en-suite room with access to communal lounges, dining rooms and gardens. All meals are provided and special diets are catered for.

Sycamore House is one of our dementia care homes

Dementia care homes don’t just provide permanent accommodation – you may just need to stay on a temporary basis to assess whether this type of home may be suitable for you, either now or in the future.

As with residential care, if you are considering moving into dementia care permanently then you should contact your local authority so they can carry out an assessment of your needs. More information on this process can be found in our Care system explained section.

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Our international properties

The Abbeyfield movement stretches across the globe. We have international societies in a number of countries who manage a range of later life accommodation. All our international houses offer the same standards of great service that allow their residents to enjoy later life.

Follow the links below to see more information about the houses and people running them.