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About Council Independent Living Schemes (ILS)

What is Independent Living accommodation?

Independent Living Scheme (ILS) accommodation specifically designed for older people, or for people who are registered disabled, to allow them to live independently. The schemes are for people who are generally active and independent - it is not for those seeking a care option. There are members of staff who regularly visit the schemes to check all is well. Our aim is to support residents without intruding, maintaining both freedom and privacy. The Council has two types of ILS accommodation:

  • Semi-sheltered ILS's - Available to people over 50, or those registered disabled of any age, and consists of self-contained flats in a blocks where all the properties are for those who are 50 and over. There are also a small number of bungalows for people who also need level access and other adaptations.

    Sheltered ILS's - Available to people aged over 60, or those registered disabled of any age, (there are some housing associations schemes open to those over 55 years old); and consists of self-contained flats with some communal facilities where all the properties are for those who are 55/60 and over. There are also a small number of bungalows for people who also need level access and other adaptations.

All properties have their own front door, kitchen and bathroom, so residents can continue to live independently, and have the freedom to come and go as they please. Each scheme has an off-site Independent Living Manager (ILM) who are available to provide advice to residents and Checklist (ticks) ensure that communal areas are clean and arrange maintenance and repairs.

 

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