Independent living for older people

Image: A happy older woman from one of our extra care schemes smiling

image: Independent living logoAre you struggling with steps or a garden?  Do you want to be closer to your family or friends?

Do you want to ‘downsize’ or move somewhere safe and secure?  Do you rely on carers but want to be more independent?

If so, we could have the option that's perfect for you!

Independent living options for older people:

You can find out more about the options available for older people in the table below. To read more, please select the appropriate link in the first column.
  Your own apartment? 24-hour security and help Fully-accessible Onsite staff Rent or buy?

Over-50s apartments and bungalows
Image: tick In some schemes Some are image: red cross 
For rent
Sheltered housing Image: tick Image: tick Image: tick Scheme manager support service (weekdays)
For rent
Extra care housing Image: tick
Plus onsite restaurant in some schemes
Image: tick Image: tick 24/7 care team and Optivo scheme managers (weekdays) For rent or shared ownership

You’ll also find a list of all our schemes on the website – just click here to browse what's available.

Please be aware that from 2 March 2020, Optivo ended provision of care services. Minster, a well-established care provider, has now taken over our four remaining care homes in Ealing.

You can contact Minster Care services on 020 8864 9566 or email:

Happy to help

Your Independent Living Team will aim to make you feel safe, comfortable and happy in your home.  Our aim is to:
  • Make you feel welcome
  • Keep in touch every day - if you want us to
  • Look after the scheme and promote social activities
  • Support you if you need help with forms and paperwork
  • Help you get advice when you need it.
Read our customer experience statement.