Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Housing options for people in later life

Sheltered Housing , Extra Care Housing and Residential Care

Sheltered Housing

Sheltered, retirement and warden-assisted housing are all terms used to describe sheltered accommodation. It can be managed by a housing association, specialist organisation or a private company and is for people who want to maintain independence but have the reassurance of help in an emergency.  Properties are usually self-contained flats or bungalows with the services of a warden, a visiting warden and/or emergency alarms.  Dwellings can be rented, part bought or bought entirely. 

In Craven, sheltered housing is provided by housing associations (social landlords) and as the case with all social housing in Craven, demand outstrips availability.

The following organisations provide sheltered housing in Craven:


Most sheltered housing is allocated in the same way as other social housing and you will need to register with North Yorkshire Home Choice in order to apply for properties in Craven and the wider area of North Yorkshire.

Please see Apply for Social Housing page for further details on how to make an application for social housing in Craven.

Extra Care Housing

Extra care housing is popular with people whose disabilities, frailty or health needs make ordinary housing unsuitable . It offers independent living, providing the security and privacy of a home of their own with a range of facilities, combined with access to 24-hour care/support services if required. It can offer many different levels of support which can be altered as needs change

Some Extra Care developments offer homes to buy, others offer only rented accommodation and some are a mixture of both.  All generally offer a choice of one and two bedroom accommodation, a restaurant for those who want/need it, social activities and other facilities. Usually, the care staff work under a contract from North Yorkshire County Council Health and Adult Services but some private schemes offer private services.  The care and support staff are based on the premises 24-hours a day.  The following organisations provide Extra Care housing in Craven:

For more information, see North Yorkshire County Council's Extra care housing webpage.

Residential Care

Care homes provide accommodation for older persons who require 24 hour support. Residents have a room, sometimes with their own en-suite bathroom, and access to shared facilities. These homes will help with personal care as necessary, supervise or administer medication, provide meals and offer social activities. They can normally provide care during short illnesses but they do not provide long-term nursing care - there are specialist care homes that can provide this level of support - these are commonly known as Nursing Homes. Information and access to residential care homes and nursing homes in Craven are the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council.

To find out more about residential care homes and nursing homes in Craven, please contact North Yorkshire County Council who will be able to provide you with a list of care homes. Further details can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website and specialist advice organisations such as Independent Age and Age UK. is a charity run site providing free advice on elderly care, including specialist directories & information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages, across the UK. .