Accommodation services for older people
Are you over 50 and in need of housing or considering you future housing options?
In Dorset there are a number of services available to help you move or stay in your home.
Sheltered and extra care housing schemes provide accommodation that enables older people to live independently in a safe and secure environment. Other types of accommodation are available for older people who do not wish to live in sheltered or extra care housing.
Sheltered housing is provided by Housing Associations and includes access to a range of dedicated services for older people. Although the accommodation is self-contained, some schemes have communal facilities where residents have the opportunity to participate in social activities.
To be considered for sheltered accommodation, you need to complete a housing application form to register with the council in the area in which you wish to live. To apply for this accommodation you must also be over the age of 55, although some exceptions may apply to this age restriction and you would need to contact your local housing teams for more information.
Extra Care Housing
Extra Care housing is a type of sheltered housing that provides a higher level of care and support to residents while living independently.
To be eligible for extra care accommodation, your specific needs will be assessed and you must be registered on the local housing waiting list in the area where you wish to live.
For detailed information regarding sheltered and extra care accommodation in a specific area of Dorset please contact your local housing teams.
For further information on other accommodation please contact your local housing team.
Home Improvement Agencies
Home improvement agencies provide free advice and practical support to help older and disabled home owners and tenants to stay safe, secure, warm and independent in their homes. They can also help you consider make informed choices about whether to move property or to stay put at home.