Housing advice for older people

Housing support for the elderly

There are a number of ways that you can be supported at home, so you can remain there living independently.

Lancashire County Care Services 
Pendle Home Care and Repair

Continue to live independently, with easy access to shared facilities, social opportunities and support available if needed.

Supported living for people with disabilities at Lancashire

A residential home is a place where a number of people live together, looked after by care staff who are available 24 hours per day. A nursing home is a place where people who need nursing care live together and are looked after by trained nursing staff.

Some people feel that they need extra support for a number of reasons. Housing related support can help with:

  • Setting up and maintaining a home,
  • Developing domestic/life skills,
  • Developing social skills,
  • Developing the skills to manage finances and benefit claims,
  • Accessing other services,
  • Establishing social contacts/taking part in community activities,
  • Developing an awareness of personal safety and security issues,
  • Finding alternative accommodation,
  • Getting a job, education and training

Housing support does not include health and social care services like getting washed and dressed, giving medication and meals on wheels.

More about these services, visit the Lancashire County Council website.

There are a number of Supporting People services within Pendle. These are local organisations who can assess your needs and provide support for you. This can either be accommodation-based support, for example a scheme manager in a sheltered housing scheme, or floating support which means that staff visit you in your own home.

Find out more about floating support at the Calico website

You do not have to pay for housing-related support if you are getting housing benefit, council tax benefit or both and you need short-term support for up to two years.

If you need longer-term support and you do not get housing benefit or council tax benefit you may have to pay towards this support.

There are a number of sheltered housing schemes in Pendle. These are ideal for older people who wish to live independently, in comfort and security with the opportunity to socialise and get involved with leisure activities when they choose.

Sheltered accommodation in Pendle is managed by a number of Registered Providers.

B-with-us advertise the majority of sheltered scheme vacancies in Pendle.

Find out more and look for accommodation at B-with-us

Housing Pendle is the main provider of sheltered accommodation in the Pendle area. These properties are located throughout Pendle, and any which become vacant are advertised through the B-with-us scheme.

Find out more about Housing Pendle

Extra care housing is popular with people whose disabilities, frailty or health needs make ordinary housing unsuitable, but who do not need or want to move to long term care (residential or nursing homes).

A list of assisted living homes and extra care housing provision can be found at Housing Care.