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Independent Living Properties Available now for applicants over 60

Published: Friday 6 October 2017
Independent Living Properties Available now for applicants over 60


Independent Living provides a supportive, secure environment for people who wish to live independently in the community and enables them to feel safe and supported, whilst having the opportunity to engage in activities if they wish to.

The schemes connsist of self contained unfurnished flats and bungalow, the Local Authority provide a high standard of accomodation and each scheme has a designated Independent Living Co-ordinator .  Retirement Living schemes provide a high standard of accommodation.  The Independent Living Service is divided into two teams; East and West. Both teams are led by an Independent Living Team Leader who will be supported by their team of Independent Living Co-ordinators (ILCs).

Some schemes have a communal lounge where activities take place, there are two activity co-ordinators who are engaging with residents to provide new activities where residents can socialise in their own environment.

Residents in Retirement Living accommodation can

  • Receive support and assistance

  • Receive referrals for extra support from appropriate agencies if required

  • Have access to a 24 hour alarm service for emergencies

  • Have opportunities to take part in a wide range of social activities

  • A Lifeline calling system linked to a 24 hour response centre, managed by a Lifeline Co-ordinator and staffed by trained operators who are available seven days a week

  • Convenient locations throughout the borough, which are close to social, transport and shopping facilities.  Further details of schemes and their locations can be found on the  Schemes in the Borough page

  • Personalised Independent Plans (I-Plans) which will enable Independent Living Co-ordinators to support you in maintaining your independence

  • No Fees required

  • No Deposit required

Retirement Living accommodation is available for single people or couples who meet the following criteria


You must be at least 60 years old or above for ‘A’ Scheme accommodation

You must be at least 55 years old or above for ‘B’ Scheme accommodation

Support Needs

You must be in need of the support offered in Retirement Living accommodation because;

  • You are frail because of ill health

  • You have health problems that mean you need support

  • You have a hearing or sight problem that affects your day to day activities

  • You have issues relating to safety and security which affect your day to day activities

  • You have a poor quality of life due to isolation and need to move nearer to family or friends who can provide support

  • You require the support and community feeling of Retirement Living accommodation due to your age

Applying for Retirement Living Accommodation

If you are interested in applying for Retirement Living accommodation you should contact your Local Council Housing Options Team who will advise on the application process and discuss your requirements.