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What is Retirement Living Plus? (formerly Assisted Living)

Retirement Living Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living) is another name for sheltered housing or extra care retirement housing. These terms are used by retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill, and reflect the concept of properties that provide an independent lifestyle designed for people in their 70s who want to live in their own home but need some extra help.

Retirement Living Plus properties are usually apartments, designed and built for older people’s needs, within retirement developments that have additional facilities such as a restaurant, lounge, laundry room and guest suite.  Crucially, there are extra care services available on site, with various personal care packages available depending on need.

Why choose Retirement Living Plus?

Maintaining independence is very important to our mental health as we get older, after all none of us feel old inside it’s just our bodies that start letting us down.

Retirement Living Plus retirement properties are all about making later life easier, with lovely modern apartments that are fitted with all the home assistance equipment you might need, onsite communal facilities where you can socialise with new friends, and extra care services such as domestic assistance and personal care.

People who have made the often difficult choice of downsizing from their family home and buying a retirement living plus apartment rarely regret doing so.  This video (borrowed from retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone) features residents from one Retirement Living Plus development and their family, explaining why they moved and how it has changed their life.

Watch this video: Retirement Living Plus at Dutton Court in Cheadle Hulme

More for your money

When you downsize you could simply move into a regular apartment, but with Retirement Living Plus you get a lot more for your money.

Most developments have the following facilities:

  • Restaurant
  • Communal lounge
  • Area for private hire (for parties etc.)
  • Laundry room
  • Guest suite for visiting friends and family
  • Communal gardens and outside space
  • Lifts to all floors
  • Parking for cars and mobility scooters
  • Security includes call points and a camera entry system in every apartment, as well as an emergency pendant alarm for each resident
  • 24/7 on-site staff

Extra care can include domestic assistance, for example cleaning, shopping and admin, as well as personal care services such as help with dressing, washing, medication monitoring, meal preparation and exercise.

Still not sure on which option is best for you? Read about Retirement Living or read our article on the different types of retirement properties: Retirement Living Plus (fromerly know as Assisted Living) V's Retirement Living'

More information from the housebuilders

The retirement properties for sale on our website were built by specialist retirement housebuilders, only some of which offer extra care accommodation through Retirement Living Plus. These links tell you more about Retirement Living Plus at their developments, as the details may vary.

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living Plus 

Anchor Independent Living 

Richmond Villages Assisted Living 


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