Housing for Older People in Allerdale

Sheltered housing may be a suitable option for older people who want to continue to live independently. 

Key advice 

Sheltered housing can be bought or rented. Additional services such as home help and meals on wheels may be available. 

What is sheltered housing? 

Sheltered housing gives older people the independence of having their own flat with the security of having an alarm system and a warden. The flats are usually all self‐contained units, which often has a communal social area. 

It is also possible to find sheltered housing to rent or to buy. 

The sheltered housing staff should check on you every day and be able to assist you in an emergency. They would not be expected to provide care or do things like shopping.

Additional care in sheltered housing 

If you require additional services, you can still have care provided by the social services department, such as meals on wheels, or someone to come in to get you up in the morning, or to help you wash, or do your housework. 
 Alternatively, you could move into very sheltered housing or extra care sheltered housing, where services such as meals and personal care are usually provided. 

Who provides sheltered housing? 

A number of housing providers have sheltered housing schemes:
Anchor Housing has five sheltered housing schemes. You can contact Anchor Housing free on 0808 102 4179


Anchor Housing - 0808 102 4179
Scheme Town
Kirklands Bungalows Cockermouth
Lakeland Court Keswick
Solway Court Maryport
Salisbury Court Workington
Wordsworth Court Cockermouth
Scheme Town Contact
Abbeyfield House Cockermouth 01900 825306
Loveday House Wigton 016973 345848
Home Group Supported Accommodation with part time wardens - 0345 141 4663
Scheme Town
Burnside Wigton
Pennine View Silloth
Bridge End Court (no warden) Cockermouth
Castles and Coasts Housing Association
Scheme Town Contact
Ellen Court Maryport 01900 826495
Castle Gardens Papcastle 01900 602889
Victoria Court Cockermouth 01900 826495
Laybourne House Workington 01900 602889
Firth House Seaton 01900 605835
Derwent Close Keswick 017687 72789
Housing 21
Scheme Town Contact
Inglis House Maryport 0370 192 4000

Buying sheltered housing 


It is sometimes possible to buy a flat in a sheltered housing complex. If you already own your home, it may be easier for you to buy than to rent, as home-owners are usually not given priority on waiting lists to rent from the council or a housing association. 

Further information about sheltered housing 
Further information about sheltered housing is available from Age UK at

Extra Care Housing may also be an alternative option, which is sometimes referred to as ‘assisted living’ or ‘very sheltered housing’ which you can either rent, buy or part own/part rent which also known as Shared Ownership.

What is Extra Care Housing?

The aim of Extra Care Housing is to help people stay at home for as long as possible and to live independently. Extra Care Housing is, designed with the needs of frail older people in mind, and with varying levels of care and support available on site.

People living in Extra Care housing will have their own self-contained homes, their own front door and have the legal right to live in the property. Extra Care housing also provides communal facilities and may include restaurants, or dining rooms, health and fitness facilities, hobby rooms and computer rooms. Both domestic support and personal care are available and is usually provided by an on-site team.

Access to Extra Care Housing

Extra care housing is usually available to people who have a care or support need, and an assessment of your care and support needs will be carried out to help decide if this is type of accommodation can support you.

Who provides Extra Care Housing?

In Allerdale there are two schemes provided by: