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FOR older people who need additional help and support, but are not ready for a care home, independent living within sheltered accommodation could be the answer. Here's a brief rundown of some of the options available in the North East.

Abbeyfield House Abbeyfield is different to other traditional sheltered housing providers as it can enhance your lifestyle by providing regular wholesome home-cooked meals shared among your friends in the dining room.

Its houses will offer you the feeling of security, freedom and comfort. Preservation of choice is the key to the Abbeyfield way of life. As a resident you can choose to live as independently as you want, deciding how much social involvement you wish to have in each house and the surrounding community.

Dedicated staff can offer you personalised support. As well as cooking they can remove all the little annoyances of running a household such as bills, repairs and shopping, leaving you more time and energy to enjoy the more important aspects of retired life.

Abbeyfield''s not-for-profit status means that offering value for money is important with any surplus being reinvested to improve its houses.

Before moving into one of its houses, a member of the team will meet with you so they can understand your particular requirements and you can then have a trial stay, so that you can be assured first hand that the house is right for you. If you want to find out more, contact Judith Batey on tel 07435 763014.

Places for People provides independent living for the over-55s across the region.

It is a fantastic opportunity where you can maintain your independence, feel more secure, meet new people and create a new life. This could be just what you have been looking for.

There are one and two bedroom accommodations available. Each apartment comes with a fitted kitchen, bathroom, living area and for added security each apartment has a door entry system.

In addition each apartment has an emergency alarm system operated by a pull cord which means you can call for help 24 hours a day. The upper floor accommodations have lifts to aid your mobility.

Professional support staff are also available on site five days per week for additional support.

Places for People is delighted to have been involved in inspiring so many people's lives, by being passionate and offering experiences to individuals.

Feedback from residents has been positive which has influenced progression across the region and this could be an exciting opportunity for you.

Why not take a look at the fantastic accommodation on offer across the following schemes. There are currently vacancies in the following areas: ? The Croft - Ryton 0191 413 5523. ? Ridings Court - Crawcrook 0191 413 8721.

Riverside Lodge - Newburn 0191 229 0129.

Nellie Gormley House - Killingworth 0191 268 3255.

St Stephens Close - Seaton Delavel 0191 237 5770.

Kirkdale Court - Cramlington 0191 268 7882.

Bents Cottages - South Shields 0191 454 4726.

Anfield Court - North Kenton 0191 271 4747.

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