Sheltered Housing schemes have historically been built for older people. The accommodation is generally self-contained flats or bungalows. They often have a call system in case you get into difficulties and a warden who calls, or sometimes lives on the premises. They offer: support, advice and guidance.
Most local authorities have sheltered housing schemes. Within the Devon County Council area, sheltered housing comes under the District Councils and any enquiries should be made to them.
Some sheltered housing scheme properties can be purchased and so you still own your own property but have the additional reassurance of support and company.
For many people with disabilities or mental health problems, schemes have been developed offering a range of support and accommodation. This can include group housing or paid carers either living in the property or calling to offer practical help with cleaning, finance for example. Practical help with remaining in your own home could be prvided by Social Services.
Housing Associations offer non-profit making social housing. They can be large national providers or small local providers of accommodation. Some develop schemes specifically for certain groups of people, i.e. those with a learning disability, older people, etc. Your local authority housing authority should be able to advise you about these schemes, their criteria and application process.
- the housing department of your District Council
Also on devon.gov.uk