Older persons accommodation is NOT a care or residential home - tenants lead their own lives in their own self contained properties within the scheme, and can decide the extent to which they want to take part in social events and other activities arranged on site.
Sheltered schemes benefit from a number of services which offer tenants increased security, support and reassurance. All schemes in Cardiff have Community Alarms installed which provide an emergency response service on a 24 hour a day basis. Most schemes also have a manager who can help with day to day problems and issues during office hours, and who also plays an important role in arranging on-site services (such as visits by mobile hairdressers) and activities (such as coffee mornings, visits and classes).
Accommodation usually consists of 1 or 2 bedroom flats (on the ground or first floor) or bungalows. Although the individual properties are self contained most schemes also have communal facilities such as a lounge/kitchen, a laundry room, a garden and storage/charging facilities for mobility scooters.