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Sheltered Housing

We have Sheltered Housing properties located in Taunton and the surrounding areas. Full details can be found on the supported housing team page.  

Our sheltered homes are provided as one bedroom flats or bungalows. They are self-contained, with their own front door, bathroom and fitted kitchen. Some properties have a walk-in shower. Flats usually have a shared entrance too.

Sheltered homes provide a self-contained home, for people to live independently. Properties can have aids and adaptions fitted to support tenants to continue to live independently.

Some sheltered housing schemes include a meeting hall space, where people can meet and take part in activities together, providing companionship and social contact with people who have similar interests.

Safety and reassurance is provided through a 24 hour emergency call centre link, via the Deane Helpline service. A lifeline and pendant equipment are installed in the property. Sheltered Housing staff are also able to provide advice and referral to specialist help and support, as needed.

As well as the basic weekly rent, there are weekly charges for the support service and helpline. This is detailed in rent statements and are attached to the sheltered property as a service standard.

You can find out more from Homefinder Somerset.

Extra Care Housing

If you have a higher level of care and support needs Extra Care Housing could be a good option. Extra Care Housing allows people with care needs to live as independently as possible, in the security and privacy of their own home, with the peace of mind that someone is on call, if you need any help. Adult Social Care commission an on-site Carer team, who provide daily care support and who can respond in an emergency. We have 2 schemes, Kilkenny Court in Taunton and Lodge Close in Wellington.

Extra Care is a form of housing with self-contained, accessible and affordable one bedroomed flats or bungalows that you can rent. They are purpose-built or adapted to support people who have care and support needs. Some schemes have sleep-in night workers to respond in an emergency, and in others there is a waking night worker to assist with assessed night time needs.

Applications for Extra Care Housing involve a care needs assessment, by Adult Social Care, which are then considered at monthly Extra Care Panel meetings.

ECH schemes are also often located very close to local shops and local amenities.

Extra Care Housing provides:

  • Your own home within a supported housing scheme
  • On-site staff on call 24 hours a day
  • Access to on-site communal facilities

If you have regular care and support needs, they can be met by the on-site team of care and support workers. Support is tailored to your own situation and can be adjusted, if your needs change. Extra Care tenants can have help with things like washing, dressing and personal care; preparing snacks and heating up meals; and reminders to take medicines (as part of a care package). Some additional services, including shopping, laundry and some domestic tasks can also be privately purchased, from the on-site care provider.

View a typical ECH scheme in Somerset.

Meeting halls

Some of our sheltered housing schemes have meeting halls, for tenants to meet and socialise. These venues are also available for other services and individuals to hire, if they offer additional social opportunities to our tenants.

Meeting Halls must be booked in advance and the number of people allowed in halls at any one time has been reduced. To book a meeting hall please call 0300 304 8000 and ask for Ops Support. 

  • Please do not use the meeting hall if you have Covid-19, symptoms of the virus, or have been advised to self-isolate whilst you await Covid-19 test results
  • Please be respectful of other’s choice to wear a face mask, even if this is not your choice.
  • Please use the anti-bacterial hand gel provided
  • Please ensure that you thoroughly wash your hands after using the bathroom and/or making drinks or preparing food etc.
  • Please use the anti-bacterial wipes provided to clean down areas you are using, before and after use (tables, chairs, kitchen surfaces etc.