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Choosing somewhere to live

Housing providers and organisations to help you decide where you might want to live now, or in the future.


  • Extra Care and Supported living is an alternative to living in a care home for people aged 55+ who need some care and support.  It is designed primarily with the needs of older people in mind with care and support available on site and provides independent living in the community.
  • Sheltered Housing schemes are aimed at people 55+ who are generally able to do most things for themselves.  If assistance with day to day tasks is needed, it can be arranged.
  • Residential and Nursing are the 2 main types of care homes.  Some offer accommodation and help with personal care, others offer nursing care as well. 
    A care home registered to provide personal care will offer support, ensuring basic personal needs are taken care of. Some care homes are registered to provide nursing care and these are often referred to as nursing homes.
  • Residential homes for young adults provide care and support for younger adults (18 – 65 years) with severe physical disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injury resulting from an accident, or mental health problems.


Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC monitor, inspect and regulate services that are provided in residential and Nursing homes (CQC monitor, inspect and regulate more than just care homes) to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and  publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

Healthwatch Sunderland
The consumer champion for Health and Social Care Services and engages with individuals and groups to gather their views and experiences of health and social care in order to help shape future services or address issues with current services.

Are you looking for a care home in Sunderland? We have spoken to care home residents, their friends and relatives, care home staff and management to find out what it’s like to live in the care homes in Sunderland.  For full details please click HealthwatchSundelrland/Carehomelife

If you are at risk of becoming homeless it's important you seek advice as soon as possible.  Once you have been made homeless, it is more difficult to help you resolve your situation.

To make an appointment with the Housing First Team please contact the Home and Money Team 0191 520 5551. If you have no access to a phone you can present to one of our customer service centres where you can use a free phone.

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