Sheltered housing

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

South Lakes Housing is one of the main providers of housing for older persons and people with disabilities 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:

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. You can contact them by calling 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 on 015394 45578 between 9am to 5pm, or email

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 or email

Lake District Housing Association Ltd
This is retirement housing with a resident management team. Telephone: 015394 43016. Vacancies are advertised on their website.

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 by calling 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.

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