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What’s Assisted Living really like?

Published: 19 November 2019

Assisted Living, also known by McCarthy & Stone as Retirement Living Plus, is another name for sheltered housing or extra care retirement housing. These terms are sometimes used by leading retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill Retirement Living and reflect the concept of properties that provide an independent lifestyle designed for people in their 70’s who want to live in their own home but need some extra help.

Assisted Living or Retirement Living Plus properties are usually apartments, designed and built for older people’s needs, within retirement developments that have additional facilities such as a waitress serviced restaurant, lounge, laundry room and guest suite.  Crucially, there are extra care services available on-site, with various personal care packages available depending on need.

Why choose Assisted Living?
Maintaining independence is very important to our mental health as we get older, after all, none of us feel old inside it’s just sometimes our bodies can start to let us down.

Assisted Living retirement properties are all about making later life easier, with lovely modern apartments that are fitted with all the home assistance equipment you might need, on-site communal facilities to socialise with new friends, and extra care services such as domestic assistance and personal care.

Most retirement developments have the following facilities: on-site restaurant, communal lounge, area for private hire (for parties etc.), laundry room, guest suite usually with en suite facilities for visiting friends and family, communal gardens and outside space, lifts to all floors, parking for cars and mobility scooters.

Security includes call points and a camera entry system in every apartment, as well as an emergency pendant alarm for each resident and there is usually 24/7 on-site staff.

Extra care can include domestic assistance, for example cleaning and shopping, as well as personal care services such as help with dressing, washing, medication monitoring, meal preparation and exercise and sometimes one hour of domestic assistance is included in the service charge.

Ready to make your retirement move? Check out the assisted living retirement apartments we have for sale across the country or call our friendly team on 0800 080 3303 who will be pleased to help.