Housing advice for older people
Staying in your own home
There are different ways you can be supported at home, so you can remain there living independently.
Lancashire County Council's Adult Social Services can assess your needs and provide help and advice.
MSV Homecare and Repair can help you to continue to live independently through:
- repairs and improvements to your home through a selected contractor
- small repairs through a handyperson service
- free help and information to either point you to the right people, or help with accessing charitable grants
- technical advice on major home improvements, such as an extension
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.
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.
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 if you want to live independently, in comfort and security with the opportunity to socialise and get involved with leisure activities when you want.
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). Assisted living homes and extra care housing are listed on the Housing Care website.
Residential care homes
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. Lancashire County Council provide advice on choosing a residential care home on their website.
A nursing home is a place where people who need nursing care live together and are looked after by trained nursing staff.