Older peoples sheltered housing

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is designed to help older people to live independently, with a little extra support.

These housing schemes are generally aimed at those over 55 or 60 years of age.

In Bolton, the majority of sheltered housing is run by registered providers (Housing Associations) for rent, although there are a few properties that are available for sale or shared ownership.

There are two main types of sheltered housing in Bolton: core and older persons.

Key features of core sheltered schemes:

  • a group of properties on one site or under one roof with shared lounges designed for socialising and communal activities
  • good accessibility - usually built either on one level or with a lift to upper floors
  • staff on site during the week to provide a safe, secure and friendly environment, help customers resolve any problems and provide information, advice and support

Key features of older person’s schemes:

  • safe and secure environment
  • provision of 24 hour community alarm services

Some older people’s schemes also have support through:

  • optional access to support e.g. regular calls and visits
  • intensive housing management services available to provide tenants with the help and support they need to maintain their tenancy

There are eight registered providers with older peoples’ schemes in Bolton. Access to these is either through Bolton’s find a home choice based lettings scheme, or direct to the registered housing providers.

For Anchor, Guinness and Hanover properties please contact them directly via their websites or contact the individual schemes: