It is estimated that there over 680,000 units of sheltered housing for rent and purchase in the UK, making it the single largest asset base for older people. They range from purpose-built blocks of flats with or without a warden or scheme manager to bungalow living.
Other key characteristics include a clock alarm system so the resident can summon help in an emergency. Most schemes also have a common room for social activities, and many have additional facilities such as a communal laundry and a guest suite, and often a shared garden/outdoor space.
Much of the sheltered housing stock designed and built over the last 50 years is now outdated. It requires improvement to become an attractive, modern accommodation of choice for older people. To help better understand the market, the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People has been set up a new Inquiry to examine what can rejuvenate the sector. The Housing LIN is delighted to have been appointed as Secretariat to the Inquiry.
- Sheltered housing is a term used to describe accommodation provided specifically for elderly people.
- Such schemes usually have the services of a warden or scheme manager.
- Each property will have a round the clock alarm system so the resident can summon help in an emergency.
- Most schemes also have a common room for social activities, and many have additional facilities such as a communal laundry and a guest suite, and often a shared garden.
- Sheltered housing provides privacy and independence, but with the reassurance of knowing help can be summoned if necessary, and the possibility of socialising with other people who are retired.
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