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Care Options

Care homes and supported housing

There are a number of housing choices available to you which may suite your care needs. 

Supported Housing

Supported living can help people who do not want to live in a care home but are finding it difficult to stay in their own home.

Help is available for those who need support moving around the home and want to maintain their independence.


Extra care housing

Extra care housing offers older people independent living in a home of their own, with the benefit of knowing that care is available 24 hours a day.

The developments are usually close to shops, leisure and health services and public transport. They provide a place for older people who need emotional, practical or social support to maintain their wellbeing.

In extra care housing:

  • residents can stay as active as they want and have access to a 24-hour care and support team
  • residents are a tenant or leaseholder with their own front door to a self-contained living space
  • there are opportunities for social interaction
  • couples who have different care needs are supported to stay together
  • residents can stay independent and choose how they would like to be supported as they grow older

Find out more about extra care services

Apply for a place in extra care housing contact the Adult Social Care Team

Retirement LIFE (Living in a Friendly Environment) provides a supportive, safe place to live for older people who are over the age of 60.

Tenants have access to a team of support officers who offer regular contact from Monday to Friday. The service is flexible which means as needs change they can alter their contact to make sure the correct support is in place for a tenant to maintain their independence.

There are different types of sheltered housing schemes provided by the council, housing associations and charities. These are available to both rent and buy.

To apply for Retirement LIFE housing contact Leeds Home


Care Homes

Care homes may be the best option if you or someone you know cannot live at home safely.

They can help if you:

  • are struggling to live at home even with help from family, friends or paid carers
  • have a medical condition that needs special care day and night
  • have been told a care home is the best choice after having a needs assessment
  • If you decide a care home is the best place to meet your care needs, you’ll need to choose which type of care home is right for you.

    There are two types of care homes:

Residential care homes

provide somewhere to live and offer personal care such as:

  • washing
  • dressing
  • taking medicines
  • going to the toilet

Nursing care homes provide a place to live, personal care and have a nurse available day and night. They usually offer more care and support for people that have:

  • severe learning disabilities
  • complex medical conditions and need help from a qualified nurse
  • specialist care needs, such as dementia

Nursing homes usually cost more than residential homes because of the extra support they offer. Sometimes the NHS will cover the nursing care part of the fees. 

Find out about NHS-funded nursing care on


How to get a care home

It is important to speak to Leeds City Council before applying for a care home. They can help find the right care for you and check if you can get help to pay for it. 

Find out more about care homes managed by Leeds City Council 

Contact Adult Social Care to get help

Find out about different care homes available by search for care homes using Leeds directory

Find out what financial help is available and how much people pay

Last updated: 7/20/2023