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Sheltered housing

Sheltered Housing schemes provide accommodation for people to live independently but there is a usually a scheme manager to contact during office hours. 

South Lakes Housing is one of the main providers for older and disabled people in South Lakeland. 

There are schemes in:

  • Ulverston
  • Windermere
  • Ambleside
  • Sedbergh
  • Kendal
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Grange over Sands

Vacancies are advertised on Cumbria Choice.

You need to register on Cumbria Choice and make bids on vacancies. 

Sheltered schemes do not provide personal care packages. However should support or assistance be required in the future, in most instances residents would be permitted to arrange their own providers to assist with their individual care needs.

We have listed below a number of sheltered housing providers in the area, including private and social housing schemes.

Organisation Service provided
The Abbeyfield Society

The Abbeyfield Society is a registered national charity and provides ‘family style’ houses for older people who are unable or don’t wish to live alone but still want independence.

They have a care home in Milnthorpe (Telephone: 01539 562 251) with 24 hour care and, supported housing in Ulverston (Telephone: 01229 582 265).

Abbeyfield has a number of other properties in the wider Cumbria and Lancashire areas.

Telephone: 01727 857 536

Anchor Trust

Anchor Trust is a not for profit organisation helping older people live independently. Anchor Trust has properties both for rent and purchase. Retirement properties can be bought in the Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston and, Kirkby Lonsdale areas. Rented homes, Care and Extra Care homes can be found in the North Lakes area; Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick and Lazonby.

To find properties in your area Telephone: 0800 102 4175.

Penrith Sheltered Housing:

Merlin Court: 01768 868 070

Eden Court: 01768 898 812

Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association Ltd

Gatesbield is a sheltered scheme in Windermere for independent retired persons. Care services are not provided but individuals can arrange their own care services from their own providers should they need it in the future. Accommodation is for Quakers and local persons sympathetic to the principles of Quakers.

For more information contact the Scheme manager:
Telephone: 015394 45578 between 9am to 5pm
Email: enquiries@gatesbield.org.uk

Plumtree Hall Retirement Apartments

Plumtree Hall Retirement Apartments in Heversham is a private sheltered scheme where retired persons can live independently with the benefit of companionship. Care services are not provided but individuals can arrange their own care services from their own providers should they need it in the future.

Telephone: 015395 62661
Email: hewmyln@gmail.com

Lake District Housing Association Ltd

This is retirement housing with a resident management team. Vacancies are advertised on their website.

Telephone: 015394 43016

Hanover Housing

Hanover Housing specialises in housing for older persons and people with disabilities, for rental and lease. Their local scheme is in Arnside.

For lettings enquiries. Telephone: 0800 280 2575

Leasehold properties will be advertised with local Estate Agents

Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson Housing is a charitable housing organisation which provides homes for people including older people throughout the north west. They have an ‘over 55’s’ scheme in Arnside, with apartments to rent.

Contact the Independent Living Co-ordinator at Millom Court:

Telephone: 01524 761 861

McCarthy & Stone

McCarthy & Stone is the UK’s leading retirement house builder. They build high quality privately-owned apartment developments to suit all lifestyles and stages of retirement. Their Retirement Living, Retirement Living Plus and Lifestyle Living product ranges are designed to enable people to live their retirement to the full; with maintenance taken care of, and varying levels of support and care for older homeowners.

Telephone: 0800 201 0385