Housing Options Guide-5

Housing options for people with disabilities.

We want to help people stay in their own homes, and in their own communities, for as long as possible.  This section aims to help people with housing needs associated with disability, and their families and carers.  This section gives information on:

Types of housing

Barrier free housing

Barrier free housing is suitable for people with mobility problems who may need features such as level external access, but can include two storey properties.  All homes built by social landlords since 1998 should comply with Housing for Varying Needs standards.

Wheelchair accessible housing

Wheelchair accessible housing can be either purpose built or adapted to provide features that allow a wheelchair user to live as independently as possible.  Common features are level external access, carports, wider hallways and doorways, accessible bathroom/shower room, accessible kitchen units, light switches and heating controls at accessible heights.  This housing should comply with Housing for Varying Needs standards relating to wheelchair users.  In Moray, most wheelchair accessible housing is owned by the Council or housing associations.

Amenity housing

Amenity housing may also be called medium dependency housing.  Older people or people who are ambulant disabled, or who have mobility problems usually live here.  Amenity housing will have level external access, and may have some disabled adaptation.  For example, a level access shower, telecare or community alarm, either as part of the design or fitted retrospectively.

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is usually one or two bed properties, built either as part of a complex or located in clusters, where low level housing support is available through a warden service.  Sheltered housing is normally used to provide housing for older people, but may be available to younger households in need of support.  A warden is available during the daytime to check on the welfare of clients in case of emergencies.  The warden will check on clients every day to make sure that they are safe and well, and may co-ordinate social activities within the communal areas of the housing complex.  Sheltered housing may be co-located with day care facilities.  In Moray, most sheltered housing is owned by us or housing associations.

Very-sheltered housing

Very-sheltered housing may also be called extra care housing, and is small individual housing units built as a complex, used to house people with higher housing support and community care needs.  Very-sheltered housing is likely to have communal facilities and social activities.  There is often a dining room with optional meals service.  Day care services are often provided from very-sheltered housing complexes.  In Moray, most very-sheltered housing is owned by the Council or housing associations.

Residential homes

Residents usually have a single room with en-suite toilet and wash-basin.  Staff are available 24 hours a day to help with personal care such as dressing and washing if required and to care for residents during short periods of illness.

Nursing homes

Similar to residential homes but with a higher level of staffing due to the greater medical needs of the residents.  Qualified nurses will always be available.

Supported accommodation

This generally refers to houses or flats where people live together, in single or twin rooms, with support staff that assist occupants with cooking, cleaning and general independent living and homemaking activities.  A staff member will usually sleep-over in the house or complex.

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