What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is another name for sheltered housing or extra care retirement housing. The term is used by retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill, and reflects 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.
Assisted Living 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 Assisted Living?
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.
Assisted Living 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 an assisted living apartment rarely regret doing so. This video (borrowed from retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone) features residents from one Assisted Living development and their family, explaining why they moved and how it has changed their life.
More for your money
When you downsize you could simply move into a regular apartment, but with Assisted Living you get a lot more for your money.
Most developments have the following facilities:
- 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.
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 Assisted Living. These links tell you more about Assisted Living at their developments, as the details may vary.
Call us on 0800 080 3303 for a chat about Assisted Living options in your area.