Sometimes it's good to know you have support

We know how important it is to keep your independent lifestyle when you retire. But sometimes, it's good to know that there's someone nearby you can call on if you need a little support.

Warden-controlled housing is a type of sheltered housing where a warden or scheme manager lives either on-site or close to the development. That means you'll always have someone living nearby if you ever need a bit of help or if there's an emergency.

In many ways, warden-controlled housing is similar to a McCarthy & Stone development. In both cases, you'll usually have:

  • A secure, self-contained property that's owned by you
  • A friendly House Manager or warden nearby if you need help or support
  • Shared areas, such as a communal lounge and garden
  • A community of like-minded people for you to mix and socialise with.

The main difference between warden-controlled housing and our own developments is that our helpful teams might not live in or near the development itself. But that doesn't mean you'll be living without support readily available when you need it.

We offer two types of sheltered housing: Retirement Living and Retirement Living PLUS.

With a Retirement Living Apartment, you'll have a dedicated House Manager who's on-site during office hours. As well as making sure everything in your development runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, they can help to organise events and activities chosen by the homeowners – and they'll be a friendly face for you to call on if you ever need to.

You'll also have a 24-hour emergency call system that comes with every property. So when the House Manager isn't around, you can be sure that you'll be able to get the assistance you need, day or night.

An Retirement Living PLUS Apartment, on the other hand, is much closer to warden-controlled housing. While you might not have a warden permanently living on the development, you'll have:

  • An Estate Management team that's on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They're happy to help with all sorts of errands, such as delivering your post or collecting your prescriptions
  • A 24-hour emergency call system
  • An hour of help around the house each week as standard. That could mean getting help with the washing up or changing your bedding, or just doing a bit of dusting or vacuuming – it's really up to you
  • A flexible level of personal care and support. If your needs change, then so can your care – you'll only ever pay for what you need.

So if you want the independence of owning your own home, but you'd like to know that there's always someone nearby in case you ever need a bit of help, a Retirement Living PLUS Apartment could be the perfect choice. Just take a look at our luxury retirement properties for sale, and see if any of them look like a good fit for you.

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Guest suite

All McCarthy & Stone developments benefit from a guest suite. A homeowner’s guest or guests are welcome to stay for as long as the suite is available and paid for. The cost is up to £25* per night for the room. To find out more about our guest suites, click here.

*Prices vary across developments.

Guest suite


Guest suite

All McCarthy & Stone developments benefit from a guest suite. A homeowner’s guest or guests are welcome to stay for as long as the suite is available and paid for. The cost is up to £25* per night for the room. To find out more about our guest suites, click here.

*Prices vary across developments.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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