Almshouses

FREE Retirement Accommodation, Sheltered Accommodation information, Elderly Housing Accommodation information. Almshouses are charitable housing provided to enable the elderly and people in retirement to live in their chosen community.

Almshouses have been created throughout the period since the 10th century, up to the present day. Almshouses enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community free of charge or at minimal costs. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest. There is no strict delineation between Almshouses and other forms of sheltered housing such as care homes and nursing homes, although Almshouses will tend to be characterised by their charitable status and by the aim of supporting the continued independence of their residents.

There are currently 544 registered almshouses in the UK
There are currently 1602 almshouses related charities in the UK

Almshouses offer elderly and retired people the chance to remain independent and to live their lives with dignity and fulfillment. The benchmark is to offer a standard of living and quality of life that others would welcome for themselves or their families. Almshouse charities are in the main run by local people who voluntarily give their time, experience and commitment for the benefit of their community. A bond exists between trustees and residents, based on mutual respect and friendship.