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Retirement housing

As we get older we start to think more about where we live.  Retirement Housing may appeal to you if you want to live independently. Perhaps in a smaller and easier to manage home and like the idea of having someone to call on if there is an emergency.

When you are looking for retirement housing here are few things you might want to consider:

  • the location and size of the property
  • the level of support available
  • what costs you would be liable for
  • any rules that might affect you, such as whether you're allowed to keep a pet.
  • local transport links


In Fife we have 2 different types of housing for older people.  


Retirement Housing (previously Sheltered Housing)

This is an area of bungalows or flats for older people (age 60+) who wish to keep their independence.  This is suitable for those who want to live independently but in a smaller and easier to manage home with the following added benefits:

  • Mostly one bedroom properties with a limited number of bedsits and two bedroom properties
  • A Scottish Secure Tenancy
  • access to a Community Alarm System
  • safety system in communal areas – secure door entry system / Fire and Smoke detection
  • staff on site from 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday to offer advice and help with tenancy related matters
  • laundry facilities and a guest room (available in some areas)
  • communal lounge and garden where tenants can socialise (available in some areas)
  • properties are accessible with lifts and level access from outside.  
  • good parking and free internet access in the shared lounge (available in some areas)


There is no annual Housing Support Charge. Only a service charge to cover the cost of communal areas, lift maintenance and laundry facilities.


Who Can Apply?

Anyone living in Fife or with a link to Fife and aged 60 or above can apply for retirement housing and meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Can live independently with minimal assistance
  • feels socially isolated where they presently live
  • may have a medical condition which makes their current home unsuitable


Very Sheltered Housing

This is the same as retirement housing but more suitable for more vulnerable older people who need support with their daily living.  

These developments have the following added benefits:

  • 2 Retirement Housing Officers who contact residents on a daily basis either in person or through the intercom system.
  • personal response in an emergency any time of the day or night
    • Very Sheltered Housing Officers are available from 9am -3pm 7 days a week
    • Mobile Emergency Care Service Team available from 3pm – 9am 7 days a week
  • Extra housing support, which may include:
    • Reporting repairs to the local office
    • Assisting with the completion of forms or any other correspondence
    • Liaising with other agencies on your behalf
    • Assisting with budget and money issues
  • An optional meals service is also available in most areas.


Who can apply?

Anyone aged 60 and above and are capable of independent living along with housing, social work or health care support. 

There is an extra Housing Support Charge for Very Sheltered accommodation.

Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 00 33 Contact Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) online
By Post: New City House 1 Edgar Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7EP
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