Older people's housing needs

Need help making the right decisions to solve your housing issues? We’re here to help older people in the Newark and Sherwood area with concerns about their current or future housing situation.

As we get older it may become harder to accomplish everyday activities such as getting around the house, looking after the garden and keeping on top of cleaning and cooking.

Living independently can become difficult following bereavement, a fall or illness, or maybe just because you are feeling isolated and lonely. You may struggle to heat your home and keep on top of the bills.

Helping you to stay in your home

We can help you stay in your home by providing advice on:

Helping you to choose appropriate accommodation

If staying in your home is no longer the best option, we can support your move to a new home, providing help with:

  • deciding what type of accommodation will suit you best
  • filling in forms
  • arranging medical assessments
  • accompanying you to view properties
  • dealing with estate agents, solicitors etc
  • benefit claims
  • change of address for correspondence
  • packing and removal
  • making adaptations
  • setting up utility services

Types of housing with support

There are a range of housing options to consider where support is available. We run three extra care schemes in the district, others are run by housing associations with a range of options to buy or rent. Each scheme has different facilities and services charges linked to the additional services provided by the scheme.

Common features of schemes where support is provided include:

  • onsite based staff
  • options for some or all meals to be provided
  • communal areas for residents
  • support available for day to day personal activities

Supported housing

Supported housing offers independent living for people who have mobility, medical or disability needs by offering:

  • 24 hour emergency call system
  • 24 hour contact and support service
  • communal facilities

Extra care housing

Extra care housing supports independent living for people who would benefit from facilities including:

  • staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • access to on site communal facilities
  • safe and secure accommodation
  • meals and laundry facilities onsite
  • 24 hour emergency call system
  • working with care and health providers
  • working with relatives to share information
  • level access showers
  • assisted bathing facilities

How do I access the free advice service?

To access this service, fill in the housing support form, email us at customerservices@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or call 01636 650000.

The help and support offered by your housing support worker is free. There may be charges for some additional services but your support worker will make sure available funding and voluntary services are used and costs are kept to a minimum.

If you’re a carer or service provider for an older person who you think may benefit from this service, you can complete one of our referral forms, which your organisation may already have access to, or give us a call.

Age UK Connect

Connect is a community-based short-term support service with a focus on empowering people. They offer free information, advice, signposting and practical support around:

  • physical and mental health
  • care needs
  • housing
  • finances
  • building friendships
  • bereavement
  • getting out and about in the community

This service is for you if...

Your health and independence is at risk as a result of age, mobility problems, disability, health conditions or bereavement.

Newark & Sherwood 01623 488217 connect@ageuknotts.org.uk.

Handy Person Adaptation Service (HPAS)

The handy person adaptation service (HPAS) provides help with essential minor adaptations and small practical jobs, helping you to live more safely and independently at home.

The service is available to people living in Newark and Sherwood who are either aged 60 or over or disabled.

Examples of jobs which can be carried out range from fitting grab rails and stair rails to putting up shelves and fitting door and window locks.

Find out more about the HPAS service on the Notts Help Yourself website.