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A Place to Live

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This category gives you information about where you can live, what choices there are for vulnerable adults, and what support is available for those at risk of homelessness.

Council Housing

The links to your right will guide you to information, advice, and guidance for applying for a council house. Please explore the links to South Essex Homes, Southend Borough Council, and Southend on the Move.

Care Homes and Sheltered Housing

If you, a friend, or a loved one are finding it more difficult to manage in the home, you might be in need of extra support. Careline alarm pendants provide extra peace of mind, and Telecare equipment can be installed to give further reassurance.

However, if you are looking for quality residential care homes, or sheltered accommodation, you might want to look at our “Support at Home” category. There are sheltered housing schemes which allow people to live independently, but in a community with other people, and with a warden on hand if help is needed.

 For a full list of residential care homes in Southend, please perform a search in the directory search box to the left of the screen. On the right, you can explore links and read our fact sheets to get the right information about care homes and sheltered accommodation.


If you, a friend, or a loved one are at risk of homelessness, take a look at our ‘related services’ pages for links to Harp, who can provide emergency accommodation, hostel services, and programmes designed to help people improve their lives and get back on track. You could also look at Southend Borough Council’s homelessness guide to the right of the screen. For a list of hostels in Southend, perform a search in the box on the left.

Useful Information

  • A Place to Live - Age UK

    As people's needs change, their current accommodation might become unsuitable.  Disability might make climbing stairs difficult, or if family move away, the big family home might become too much to manage.  There are a range of housing options to enable you to retain independence, but…

  • Support at Home - Age UK

    As we get older, many of us start to face difficulties during our typical day-to-day routine at home. This could be anything from cleaning, doing the shopping, taking our medications, to more complex tasks like taking a bath or navigating the stairs. There are a…

  • Careline (Telecare)

    Careline We all care about our personal safety and want to stay independent and be secure in our own homes.  We can feel vulnerable or at risk whatever our age or personal circumstances. Unfortunately, any one of us may have an accident, a sudden illness,…

  • How to Request a Social Care Assessment

    Adult Social Care Services are for people aged over 18 who need help and support. We aim to keep you as independent as possible, and to improve your quality of life. We will speak to you and, with your permission, contact the people who support…

  • Meal Provision

    Meal Provision Eating healthily and well doesn’t have to be complicated or boring.  If you are finding that it is becoming more difficult to prepare and cook your own meals, it is still important to be sure you have plenty of variety. That way, you'll…