Services for older people

Most people would like to stay in the family home for life. However, as your needs change, you might find that your property becomes too difficult to manage. You may want to consider moving to one of our sheltered schemes to make you feel more secure and give you peace of mind. Every home in our sheltered schemes benefits from a 24-hour, seven day a week emergency alarm system.

If you are already one of our residents, and live in a property that is too large for your needs, you may be eligible for our spacesaver scheme which offers financial incentives if you move to a smaller home. For more information please see our Spacesaver leaflet[pdf] 1MB.

How to apply

To live in a sheltered scheme home, you must be aged 60 or over or aged 50 and receiving disability benefit (or Personal Independence Payments).

To be eligible for an older person bungalow or flat, you must be aged 50 or over or receiving disability benefit (or Personal Independence Payments).

For more details about our sheltered schemes including their location, local amenities, and contact details, please see the list of schemes. Alternatively, please contact us.

Properties are advertised on our find a home section and on the HomeOption website and magazine. They are allocated to people using the Choice Based Lettings scheme, which means that you must express an interest in a property you like suitable to your needs.

For more information about how to express an interest, see the HomeOption website or contact us. You can also contact Chelmsford City Council for further information.

If you live at a sheltered scheme, you pay a support charge which has previously been subsidised by Essex County Council (ECC). However, we have been informed by ECC that the contract and funding will stop from 1st April 2017.

We have consulted with our sheltered scheme residents and collected feedback about the impact of this news.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be writing to you in detail about the results of the consultation and how services will be delivered in the future.