Independent living, most known as sheltered housing, refers to property schemes that are built to accommodate residents who are later in life.
Independent Living Schemes are usually a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments and bungalows, suitable for older and vulnerable people. If the property does have another floor, most include accessible living with a lift.
Residents will have peace in mind knowing some include a sheltered housing warden onsite or on-call to give residents extra security.
Without further ado, we’ll get into it. This Accent Housing blog is going to tell you all things Independent living schemes in Lancashire, the locations we have available and how you can register for a property.
Sheltered Housing In Lancashire
We have a wide range of Independent Living schemes across the country, to find a scheme outside of Lancashire, and near you select from one of the options on our website. Specifically, in Lancashire our locations include:
The Benefits of Independent Living Schemes
Independent living schemes and why they have such a name is because they’re solely designed to give the elderly and vulnerable residents the freedom to live safely in their own sheltered housing.
People often choose to remain in their existing homes into retirement but can be placed at greater risk of fall or injury, due to steep staircases or poor accessibility. The benefit of accommodation for the elderly is that the environment is future-proofed to allow for changes in health or circumstance without the need to move.
- Future-proofed sheltered accommodation
- 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
Am I Eligible For An Independent Living Scheme?
To be eligible there is a criterion, it’s as follows:
- Applications are invited from people who suffer from depression and/or the effects of isolation and/or mental health problems.
- Applicants for an independent living who are in the early stages of dementia must still be able to establish relationships, function within a daily routine and have some knowledge of their surroundings.
- Applicants who have a learning disability must be able to cope with independent living without due risk or disruption to others.
- Couples are eligible to apply where one or both meet the criteria. Applicants may currently live in a range of housing, including other independent living schemes, rented or owner-occupied accommodation.
- Whatever the applicant’s specific needs, they must be able to cope within the setting of their ‘own home’, albeit with the help they need to maintain an independent life.
Is Lancashire A Nice Place To Live?
Yes! Lancashire is an excellent place to live. You could say it has everything, from thriving cities and towns to cosy villages, seaside and to top it off an abundance of the countryside.
80% of Lancashire is rural, meaning the county has some spectacular countryside on offer. We would say this is the counties best feature.
With an array of cultures, Lancashire has a packed schedule of events throughout the year. This includes food and drink festivals, family-centred events, railways attractions and more!
You will be happy to know that Lancashire is one of the safest places to live, with a survey finding 87% of respondents claiming their local area to be a safe place to live.
In fact, the South Ribble Valley area was named one of the safest places to live in the North West!
How Do I Register For an Independent Living Scheme?
Registering through Accent Housing, you must sign up for a Let’s Move account.
Being an Accent resident has plenty of benefits. The benefits include a 24/7 on-call repairs service that you will additionally have immediate access to.
Registering is quick and simple; we can help you through the process if needed. Once you have registered, you can start to look for suitable independent living schemes in Lancashire.
You can apply and sign up on homes that you believe are perfect for your individual circumstances. In addition to this, you can create and set alerts, so you don’t miss a thing.
Get In Touch
Accent Housing is a housing association that has been providing homes and services for a diverse range of people since 1966.
Accent Housing has more than 20,000 homes across England, including Lancashire. They provide quality, affordable homes to suit your needs and improve your life.
If you have any questions about finding an affordable home in the UK with Accent Housing, get in touch with our friendly team.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0345 678 0555.