Choosing An Independent Living Scheme

If you’re looking for a variety of senior living options, there can be a lot of terminologies to learn and that’s not delving into the options available. When you’re researching the options available, it’s important to consider the level of care each option provided.

In this Accent Housing article, we are focusing on independent living schemes, what level of care is accessible and where the schemes are located.

What Is An Independent Living Scheme?

Independent Living, also known as ‘Sheltered housing’, refers to property schemes that have been purpose-built or adapted to accommodate the needs of people in later life.

Independent Living Schemes are a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments and bungalows, suitable for older or vulnerable people. Some schemes are integral buildings, which means that all apartments and communal facilities are under one roof. Others are bungalows with a community centre, where social events are held.

What’s The Difference Between Independent Living Vs Assisted Living?

The difference between independent living and assisted living is the level of care the resident needs.

- Independent living is for people who can live quite independently but need occasional help or support.

- Assisted living residents to need assistance with activities of daily living, while allowing residents to live as independently as possible.

What Are The Benefits Of Independent Living?

Some senior residents choose to stay put in their accommodation even though their mobility slows down. The stairs become a chore because of their steepness and lack of accessibility.

The greatest benefit of independent living is that accommodation and schemes are future proof. Fitted with lifts or stairlifts, the need to move to adjust to your health and conditions isn’t necessary.

  • Well maintained communal areas and gardens
  • Schemes available for those aged 55+*
  • Continue to live independently within a community
  • Sheltered accommodation Scheme Manager*
  • Secure environment
  • Located close to main transport links
  • Social events and activities

*Dependent on Scheme.

Independent Living Schemes In The UK

Accent Housing offer a range of properties across the North, East and South of England. Our Independent Living schemes are suitable for single applicants and couples over the age of 55.

We have a wide range of Independent Living schemes across the country, to find a scheme near you select from one of the options listed below…

- Accrington
- Barrow
- Bradford
- Blackburn
- Burnley
- Camberley
- Chorley
- Gateshead
- Leeds
- Middlesbrough
- Nottingham
- Peterborough
- Scarborough
- Stalybridge
- Stockton
- Wakefield

How Do I Sign Up For An Independent Living Scheme?

Registering for an independent living scheme has never been easier, before you can apply you'll just need to create a Let’s Move account. Registering is quick and simple; we can help you through the process if needed. Once you have registered, you can start to look for a suitable independent living scheme in your area.

Contact Us

Accent Housing has been providing homes for a diverse range of people since 1966. Our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

If you would like to find out more about independent living schemes, get in touch with our friendly team. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or send us an email via

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