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Retirement housing

There are different types of retirement housing available in Kent to suit people’s different needs.


Supported housing enables people to live independently in their own self-contained home with the reassurance of knowing that assistance is on hand if needed. It is also known as sheltered or retirement housing. Support staff give on-site help, if needed. There is usually an alarm system for emergencies and many will have communal facilities, such as a lounge, kitchen, laundry room, and garden. AgeUK provide more information about sheltered housing

Assisted Living/Extra care Housing

Extra care housing otherwise known as assisted living offers higher levels of care and support than supported housing. It is self-contained housing with support services and facilities whichvary between schemes but may include care and support (sometimes for up to 24 hours), an alarm system, some personal care, domestic help, a restaurant or dining room, lounge, shops, and recreational facilities.  AgeUK provide more information about assisted living and extra care housing.

Care homes

Care homes provide the highest level of on-site care and support.

Care homes for personal care are often called residential care homes. They offer a room (possibly with an en-suite bathroom), meals, help with personal care and supervision, and a communal lounge. There is usually someone on call at night.

Care homes providing nursing care are often called nursing homes. They offer personal and nursing care 24 hours a day for people who are bedridden, very frail or have a medical condition that requires a nurse to be on site.