Most people want to live independently for as long as they are able to. For older people, this may mean that they need to change their living arrangements, perhaps to a smaller property or to types of housing that are designed to support older people. In Hertfordshire, there are many housing options available for older people who may need some support to live independently, including sheltered housing, Flexicare housing and retirement villages.
On this page you will find everything you need to know about the independent living options available for older people in Hertfordshire, and who you need to contact to find out more.
In some circumstances, your relative may not even need to move to live independently: there may be solutions to make their existing home safer. For advice on this check out our page on Safer Independent Living in Hertfordshire.
- Downsizing in Hertfordshire
- Sheltered Housing in Hertfordshire
- Independent Living Housing in Hertfordshire
- Retirement Housing in Hertfordshire
Downsizing in Hertfordshire
Downsizing is a common move to make for older people, especially if they have a house or garden that is becoming difficult to look after. Another reason some people downsize is due to wanting a house without stairs.
There can also be financial rewards for downsizing, as buying a less expensive home can free up money for daily living expenses, or for later life care. You may be interested in reading Age Space’s Downsizing Tips as part of your discussion with your relatives about them moving to a smaller home.
If your relative is planning to downsize in Hertfordshire, there are some important factors that they should take in to account, as you can read more about below.
Access to health services is important to consider when an older person moved house. You can use our guide to NHS Health Services in Hertfordshire to find out more about the health services available for your relative in different areas of Hertfordshire.
It is also worth considering how your parent will get around in the new area in which they live – especially if they can no longer drive. There are fantastic Community Transport Schemes throughout Hertfordshire, serving all of the county, which are worth looking at once your relative has moved. They can help with going shopping, getting to appointments and meeting friends. You can also read more about getting to and from medical appointments from our page on Patient Transport in Hertfordshire.
Sheltered Housing in Hertfordshire
Often run by district and borough councils or housing associations, with sheltered housing your relative has their own small flat or room in a shared building which contains communal spaces. With sheltered housing, your relative can still remain largely independent, but have support available when they need it.
Sheltered housing is managed by staff who are available to support your relative at certain times during the day. Many sheltered housing providers also have personal alarms installed in case your relative needs to request urgent support. Sheltered housing does not provide the same level of care and support as some other independent living options, such as extra care housing.
Extra Care Housing in Hertfordshire
Flexicare housing, or ‘extra care’ housing is another option worth considering for your elderly relatives. Flexicare housing provides you with more support than sheltered housing and more independence than a residential care home. You live in your own home with the privacy of your own front door, but have care available 24 hours a day if you need it.
To apply for flexicare housing for your relative, you should contact their local district or borough council. You can also rent or buy flexicare properties from private developers. The levels of support they offer may vary, and you will need to discuss this with them. Providers may also request that your relative has a Care Needs Assessment carried out.
You can find a list of flexicare housing options in different areas of Hertfordshire from the Hertfordshire County Council website
Retirement Housing in Hertfordshire
Retirement housing is another option that can help older people to live independently. It is similar to sheltered housing in that it is specifically designed for older people, but there is less care and healthcare available onsite. For this reason, organisations providing retirement housing often request that prospective tenants undergo a Care Needs Assessment, to ensure that they are able to meet their care needs.
Retirement housing also has a greater focus on communal living. Generally speaking, retirement homes consist of a room or apartment within a larger building, with shared facilities such as dining and social spaces. You can search for retirement housing in Hertfordshire from the HousingCare.org website.
Private Retirement Villages in Hertfordshire
Retirement villages offer the privacy of a one’s home, but fantastic communal facilities and a real sense of community. They tend to be social places to live, with calendars of social events. Hertfordshire has 2 large retirement villages, that can be found below, and there are also new retirement villages being built currently.
Castle Village, Berkhampsted
Castle Village is a 28-acre retirement village set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its mansion house includes a library, bar, conservatory and snooker room, and the Berkhamsted Golf Club just a short journey away.
Telephone: 01442 877335
Cedars Village, Chorleywood
Cedars Village is situated opposite Chorleywood Common, just a short distance from the M25 with easy access from London. Residents live in apartments and cottages, some in the main mansion house, others throughout the grounds.
There is also a restaurant, ballroom, library, snooker room, medical centre and more. The social calendar at Cedars Village busy, including art, history, scrabble, film and book clubs.
Telephone: 01923 444665