Types of accommodation

31 December 2011


There are a number of different types of accommodation available for individuals requiring additional support, whatever form that may be.
Here is a list with a description of the type of accommodation and some useful links to source organisations that offer these.

Retirement villages – these are housing complexes designed for older adults who are generally able to care for themselves; however, assistance from home care agencies is allowed in some communities, and activities and socialisation opportunities are often provided. (Elderly Accommodation Council) www.eac.org.uk/


Assisted Living - is housing for people with disabilities. These provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside health care providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being.

Sheltered Housing/ Warden controlled accommodation - is accommodation designed especially for the elderly or infirm consisting of a group of individual premises often with shared facilities and a caretaker or warden who is either on-site or nearby

Residential Care Home – is a registered care home which provides personal care only - help with washing, dressing and giving medication. Some care homes are registered to meet a specific care need, for example dementia or terminal illness.

Respite care - is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

Care Home with Nursing - is a registered care home which provides personal care and nursing support; for example help with washing, dressing and giving medication, and will also have a qualified nurse on duty twenty-four hours a day to carry out nursing tasks. These homes are for people who are physically or mentally frail or people who need regular attention from a nurse.