How to apply for specialist housing or housing for people with particular needs

To ensure we make the best use of all our older person's housing stock we have created one specialist older person's housing policy, which aims to simplify the process for all older person's house types.

When we are allocating an older person's house type we will match applicants for older person's housing according to their needs. To determine your level of need we will contact you to complete an assessment of your daily living, housing and support needs.

Once this assessment has been completed we will then be able to put your application for re-housing into one of the following categories -

High support needs

Medium support needs

Low support needs

Once this assessment has been completed we will place you on the waiting list for the type/s of housing that you qualify for.  For example, Sheltered Plus, Retirement or Amenity Older Person's type housing.

The support needs group in which you will be placed on will be determined by the type and level of support you require.  For example:

  • An applicant who requires some daily support to live independently, and has very limited social contact would be placed in the high support needs group. Applicants assessed as having high support needs would be prioritised for pdf icon Sheltered Plus [1Mb].

  • Applicants who require some support to live independently but not as intensive or frequent as the daily support required by applicants under the high support needs group would be placed in the medium support needs group. Applicants assessed as having medium support needs would be prioritised for pdf icon Retirement [1Mb].

  • Applicants who do not require support but require a move to a more accessible house would be placed into the low support needs group. Applicants assessed as having low support needs would be prioritised for amenity housing.

There may be occasions where we have limited or no availability for the house type(s) you have been assessed for within your areas of preference.  In these circumstances our housing staff will discuss what other older person's housing options are available with you within your areas of preference.

To be considered for specialist older person's housing, you will need to complete a pdf icon Common Housing Register application form [915kb]. This form is also available at any of our first stop shops.

Once we have received your common housing register application form we will contact you to carry out an assessment of your health and housing support needs.

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