Support for older residents

Information and advice services

The Councils Independent Living Service

  • Provides support, advice and financial help to help people live independently in their home.

Suffolk County Councils support to live independently 

  • Find out about support Suffolk County Council offer to help people live independently in their home.


  • A care home search engine that can search for homes near you.


  • Read reviews of existing care homes.


  • A search for care homes, products and services.


  • Advice on pensions and retirement planning.

Suffolk County Council's Blue Badge Parking Scheme

  • Apply for a Blue Badge and how to check the eligibility criteria and how to renew or replace your badge.

Quality Care Commission

  • Independent regulator of health and social care in England

Age UK

Find a range of information and guidance online 

Very sheltered housing

Very sheltered housing schemes offer 24-hour care and support on site to meet the needs of vulnerable older people.

You need to be over 55 and in need of at around ten hours of personal care a week.

Further information can be found in the booklet Thinking about very sheltered housing

To find out how much support you may need, contact Social Care Services and ask for a Community Care Assessment. You should either approach their local office or ‘Customer First’ on 0808 800 4005.

If you are already in contact with Social Care Services or Health, you will need to speak to your key worker.

Information about other sources of housing for older people, such as private developments: