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Accommodation options

You may want to consider living in a more supportive environment if you have a long-term, severe health or physical condition, where adapting your home is not possible and you are finding independent living difficult. The options include:

  • moving in with family or friends - this can work well, but you all need to be sure that it is what you want and be clear about your expectations; you also need to be realistic about whether your family can provide care
  • extra care housing - combines living in your own home with personal care; these schemes are usually aimed at older people; extra care housing is similar to sheltered housing, but provides additional care services to allow those with care requirements to continue to live independently; extra care housing is specifically built to suit the needs of people requiring higher levels of care
  • care home - residential and nursing care homes are where a number of people live together, supported by care staff who are available 24 hours a day