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Types of Accommodation

General Needs Properties

These are houses and flats available for rent to any household. The properties range in size from studio flats to four-bedroom houses although most are between one and three bedrooms. Some of our blocks of flats have services such as gardening or communal stair cleaning provided.

Amenity Housing

These are flats and cottages that are available to people over 55 years of age or those who have a medical need or physical disability, requiring the provision of suitably, designed accommodation. Features include high-level electric sockets and level or assisted access. Services can include cleaning of common areas and gardening depending on the type of property.

Sheltered Housing

This provides independent accommodation for older people in a warm, comfortable and secure environment. Properties are designed with the particular needs of older people in mind and each flat or cottage normally consists of a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom or shower room. All flats are easy to access and to look after. Most sheltered schemes have communal facilities in addition to the flats and this can include a resident’s lounge, laundry facilities and guest accommodation.

Each sheltered Scheme has a Scheme Manager who provides housing support to help residents maintain a successful and secure tenancy. The schemes have full emergency alarm systems to summon assistance at any time if needed. In periods when staff are “off duty” responses are provided by the Grampian Community Alarm Scheme.

Very Sheltered Housing

Accommodation here is similar to sheltered housing but there are additional facilities including the provision of a daily meal service. The Housing Support service is enhanced, with 24 hour staffing within the building. Packages of Care and Support are provided for each individual tenant as they need it and this is done through partnership working with Care Management services provided by the local authority.

Very Sheltered Housing provides an alternative option to residential care for older people unable to live in their own homes or for whom sheltered housing is not suitable.

Shared Ownership Housing

All of our Shared Ownership Housing is “amenity” type properties for persons over 55 years of age or with a disability/medical need. There is a mix of flats and cottages and people can purchase an equity share of 25%, 50%, or 75% whilst paying “rent” on the remaining share that is owned by Castlehill.

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