Mr F is 85 years old and has lived in a flat in one of the council’s sheltered housing schemes for the past 20 years.
He moved there when caring for his wife and when he was feeling isolated and concerned about his previous home’s safety and security.
Sheltered housing staff supported Mr F in making the choice to move into one of the sheltered housing schemes.
Once living in the scheme, the scheme manager oversees all tenants’ wellbeing, making sure everyone is happy and well. They also deal with any emergencies and can help develop further support plans if this extra support is needed.
All sheltered housing schemes are safe and secure, with a door entry system which is linked to an alarm system, ensuring no intruders. Communal facilities such as gardens, a tenants lounge and specialist bathing facilities are all provided, schemes are always warm and cosy and a vibrant social life is encouraged and supported by staff.
Mr F has loved his time living in the scheme. He feels safe and happy, enjoying a full social life and reassured that help is always on hand if he needs it.
He gets fully involved in helping organise social get togethers in the communal lounge and very much enjoys the communal feel to the scheme, never feeling alone. He also loves the scheme’s gardens and works hard with council staff to look after them.
Mr F feels that he has the best of both worlds – peace of mind and security, his own front door and private space combined with a real community feel.