We provide a range of accommodation across the city for older people who want to continue to live independently, but with the knowledge that as their needs change, support is available.

Unlike a nursing home, tenants in these schemes live largely independently with:

  • their own private accommodation
  • a 24-hour alarm system
  • a Housing Management Officer who will be on site for part of the week and will offer drop in sessions or appointments if you need advice on housing issues or help to access additional support

Each private house has personal living areas, a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. Family and friends can visit at any time. Some schemes offer a fully furnished guest room; this is available on a casual basis for a small charge.

Tenants can influence how the schemes are run, as well as the activities held in their community facilities.

Visit our advice for independent living tenants page for information about security, repairs, paying rent and ending a tenancy.


There are 2 kinds of independent living schemes in York:

Eligibility for independent living

In order to qualify for independent living, you should:‚Äč

  • be aged 60 years and over - people under 60 may be considered on a discretionary basis if there is an over-riding health and wellbeing need.
  • not require comprehensive nursing care
  • have a recognised local connection to the North Yorkshire Home Choice partnership area (the whole of North Yorkshire, excluding the Harrogate area - see section 2.5 of the North Yorkshire Home Choice Allocations Policy for details)
  • have a current application on the North Yorkshire Home Choice housing register.

Find out how to apply for independent living.

Eligibility for independent living with 24 hour support

This is similar to independent living but is suitable for people who need some level of physical care; accommodation has design features and support services that facilitate and encourage self care.

To qualify for one of our independent living with 24 hour support schemes, you should:

  • be aged 60 years and over - in some cases those aged 18-60 years may be eligible if this is the most appropriate housing to meet your needs (please discuss this with your social worker)
  • have predominantly 'medium' or 'high' care needs
  • be a resident of York
  • have, or apply for, a social care assessment by Adult Social Services - this tells us how much care you will need to support you in your home
  • have a live application through North Yorkshire Home Choice

Find out how to apply for independent living with 24 hour support.

Find out about the costs of independent living with 24 hour support accomodation.

Other housing options

Speak to our Older Persons Housing Advisor for York, about any aspect of housing options for people aged 60 and over, including:

  • staying in your current home
  • making your home better fit your needs
  • getting support or adaptions in your own home
  • moving to alternative or specialist accommodation

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