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Housing options

In this section you will find information on housing options which includes: care homes, extra care, sheltered housing and housing providers

Care Homes

If you are considering a care home, there are two main types:

  • All offer accommodation and help with personal care – activities such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet
  • Others provide those services and also offer nursing care

These two types of care home are classified as ‘residential homes’ and ‘nursing homes’.

Extra care housing         

Extra Care Housing describes a type of housing that enables people with care and/or support needs to remain in their own home.  It is purpose built accommodation in which varying amounts of care and support can be offered and where some facilities and services are shared”. Care/Support is readily available 24hrs per day, 7 days per week.

Sheltered Housing

There are many different types of sheltered housing schemes. Some will have a scheme manager (a warden) who lives onsite or offsite, and all should provide 24-hour emergency help through an alarm system.

Accommodation is usually self-contained, but there are often communal areas, such as the lounge, laundry room and garden. Many schemes run social events for residents.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

CQC monitor, inspect and regulate services that are provided in residential and Nursing homes to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

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