Sheltered housing

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One housing option to consider is sheltered housing, also known as retirement housing.

Sheltered housing is intended specifically for older people, usually over 60. The housing tends to be in a scheme of about 20 to 40 self contained flats or bungalows.

There is almost always an alarm system and most schemes have a scheme manager. There are usually communal areas such as shared lounge, laundry and garden. The landlord usually carries out repairs, gardening and window cleaning, and some schemes have a guest bedroom which can be rented out if family or friends want to visit you.

There are different types of sheltered housing. Contact the sheltered schemes in yoou are and ask if you can visit one or two to help you decide what would suit you best.

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