Types of housing and care homes

Types of housing and care homes

There are a wide range of housing and accommodation options in Newcastle.  Sometimes, the Council runs the service and in other cases it will enter into a contract with care organisations to deliver the service to you.  We will help you find the housing that meets your needs or we will give you information to help you choose housing that's right for you.  

Types of supported housing in Newcastle

There is a range of housing for people who need extra support. Help and advice is available to help look at your options and choose the housing that is right for you.

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Supported housing for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Supported housing may suit you if you have a learning disability or autism and you want to live independently but know that there is someone around to help you if you are confused or you have an emergency.  Accommodation includes: community clusters, supported living and concierge schemes. 

Referrals are made following a care and support assessment by Community Health and Social Care Direct.

Retirement housing

Retirement housing might appeal to you if you like living independently but want the reassurance of knowing that assistance is on hand if there is an emergency, or if you want the option of socialising in a community of people in your age range.

Read more on housing for older people on InformationNOW.


Extra care housing

Extra care housing provides housing choices to people who value their independence but need help with some day to day tasks. It offers modern accessible apartments and opportunities to get involved in social activities.

A care team is on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide planned care and support during the day. When you need extra support, they will help where they can. Residential care might be more appropriate if you need a higher level of supervision both day and night. Nursing care is not provided.

Read more on housing for older people on InformationNOW.



Almshouses are run by charitable trusts and offer low-cost accommodation for older people. Each charity has its own rules about the types of people they can house.  For example, some almshouses were set up for retired workers of a particular trade or for people living in a specific geographical area.

The Almshouse Association can provide more information about almshouses accommodation.

Care Homes

Moving into a care home is another option if you need more care and support than can be provided in your own home. There are three types of care home which all provide communal areas, meals, a room, and ensuite facilities

  • Residential homes provide basic care and support, such as help with dressing or someone to call on during the night.
  • Nursing homes provide personal and qualified nursing care 24 hours a day.
  • Care homes with dementia care  provide specialist dementia nursing care

See the list of local care homes here.

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