Sheltered Housing

Abbeyfield Sheltered Housing offers you your own private space to enjoy later life combined with the peace of mind there’s someone on hand to support you with daily activities. Choosing to live in an Abbeyfield home means you can maintain your independence in the comfort of your own room, with the opportunity to enjoy the company of others during meal times and in communal areas of the house such as the dining room, lounge and gardens.

What is Sheltered Housing?

Sheltered Housing is a type of accommodation for older people who are retired and are able to live independently but choose to live in a safe and secure environment with helpful staff who are on hand to support as and when required. We often refer to our Sheltered Housing apartments as Supported Housing, for this very reason, or Retirement Housing. Our sheltered houses are in convenient locations, often a converted home with a friendly manager and staff supporting 24/7/365, integrated alarm systems, communal areas for socialising and meals provided throughout the day.

What's included?

Private rooms and bedsits in a converted house.

Home Manager(s), responsible for looking after the buildings and making sure the residents feel safe and are well supported throughout the day.

A community alarm system for safety and security of residents.

Communal areas, such as a lounge, laundry room, guest flat and garden adaptations to make getting around easier and safer.

Social activities among the residents, such as coffee mornings, film nights or a gardening club.

Who is entitled to Sheltered Housing?

Abbeyfield’s Sheltered Housing apartments are available to rent. Alternatively, there are funding options available subject to request that would need eligibility checks approved by a Local Authority or Housing Association.

The difference between sheltered housing and retirement housing

They are the same type of accommodation! There are some cases of sheltered housing being available to under 55’s but that’s the only difference. A sheltered housing scheme and retirement housing scheme are one in the same. All Abbeyfield’s housing options are only available to older adults over the age of 55 but the features of both are the same.


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How much does Sheltered Housing cost?

Sheltered Housing costs vary depending on your room size, location of the house and the services included. Many of our Sheltered Houses are converted houses in residential areas offering a home from home when you decide to move. Typically an Abbeyfield Sheltered Housing cost includes utilities, two meals and day and activities, however, this can vary from house to house so the best thing to do is get in touch and discuss fees with the manager.

Can anyone live in Sheltered Housing?

Sheltered Housing accommodation is ideally suited to those aged 55 and over. Sheltered Houses offer the best in independent living whilst knowing there is someone friendly on hand to offer support when required

Difference between Sheltered and Supported Housing?

Sheltered Housing is designed for older people wanting to retain their independence with staff on hand to provide support when needed. Sheltered Houses offer private rooms within a shared house with communal facilities to socialise with your fellow residents. Supported
Housing on the other hand is usually rented accommodation to help people with specific needs. Supported Housing is typically for younger people, aged 16-18+.

How to apply for Sheltered Housing?

Once you have found your perfect Abbeyfield Sheltered House you can get in touch via our simple contact form or ringing the house directly. From there our Sheltered Housing Manager will help you with the process of moving in, signposting helpful organisations for downsizing and moving, and to help with financial aid if required

Where are Abbeyfield’s Sheltered Housing locations?

We have 269 Sheltered Houses at Abbeyfield spread throughout the UK so you’re bound to have an Abbeyfield home local to you. Abbeyfield Sheltered Houses are usually located in residential areas near to local amenities such as GP surgeries, local shops and restaurants and supermarkets.