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Housing Options explained

City of Wolverhampton Council


If you do need to move because of a change in your personal circumstances there are many choices you can make, to help you understand the difference below is a brief description explaining Sheltered Housing, Extra Care Housing and Supported Living.

The following summaries describe the types of housing options. 

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: (Very Sheltered Housing)

Extra care housing is sometimes called ‘very sheltered housing’ and offer care and support 24 hours a day. Very sheltered housing is designed to help people who need care and support to live independently. 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.

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.

Here you will find more information on Housing

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