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Housing options explained

If you do need to move because of a change in your personal circumstances then there are many choices you can make.

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing offers the benefits of a secure tenancy and a housing support officer to respond in an emergency or to provide advice and support if needed. You have your own front door, with the peace of mind of being in a safe and supportive community with people of a similar age, a 24-hour alarm service should you need help in an emergency and opportunities to join in social activities.

Extra care housing

Extra care housing is sometimes called 'very sheltered housing' and offer care and support 24 hours a day. Some are new purpose built retirement villages; others are modernised sheltered housing schemes with extra services on site and are designed to support the needs of people with physical disabilities or a learning disability and older people who need that little bit extra care and support.

Shared Lives

Sometimes known as Adult Placement, Shared Lives offers home-from-home accommodation, care and support provided in the family homes of specially trained Shared Lives carers.  Services are suitable for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems or who have needs related to older age. Shared Lives arrangements can be long or short-term and are for mainly for adults but can also be suitable for young people approaching adulthood.

Care homes

Care homes offer 24-hour support with personal care, nursing care and some offer specialist care for people with dementia, people with physical or learning disabilities and people with mental health support needs.

Devon Home Choice allocates council and housing association homes in Devon. Council and housing association homes available to rent in Devon are advertised through Devon Home Choice. People interested in being considered for sheltered housing need to complete a Devon Home Choice application form.

To qualify for Extra Care housing you will need to have an assessment of your needs completed by Plymouth City Council.


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This page was last updated on 06 December 2019

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