Housing Associations

There are a number of flats and bungalows that are designated for those over 55 years of age. The majority of these are one bedroom properties although there are a very small amount of two bedroom homes. Some schemes have communal areas where activities such as coffee mornings and quiz nights are held. There is no obligation to attend these events.

Personal care and support is not provided but many properties have an emergency pull cord system should you require it.

The waiting time for these properties is generally much shorter than the waiting time for one bedroom properties with no age restrictions. 

FlexiCare Housing

FlexiCare Housing is an option for older people with varying care needs.

Care levels can be increased or decreased according to an individual's changing needs. The care supports independent living as it is provided to tenants living in their own home.

Flexicare schemes provide security, independence and the flexibility to change your care level to suit your needs as they change over time. For many it can be an independent home for life. Social events regularly take place and all tenants are welcome to join in.

Hertsmere has one Flexicare Scheme in Borehamwood named Fountain Court. This property is managed by Housing 21 and provides a flexible level of care and support that can be adapted to suit your changing needs.  Flexicare schemes are ideal if you can no longer manage to live independently in your own home or if you and your partner have different care needs but want to stay together.

Fountain Court is located in Brook Road, Borehamwood, near to open spaces, public transport and local shops. The flats are self contained and residents choose whether to attend social events or not. 

Older People’s Shared Ownership

If you are aged 55 or over, the OPSO scheme could help you buy any home that’s for sale on a shared ownership basis (part-rent/part-buy).  This scheme is for those whose homes are no longer suitable including owners that wish to downsize from their existing home.

OPSO scheme is similar to general shared ownership but you can only buy up to 75% of your home. Once you own 75% you won’t have to pay rent on the remaining share.

 The Housing Association or Registered Provider will offer initial shares of between 25% - 75% of the full purchase price. You pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share that the Housing Association or Registered Provider still own.  This often makes shared ownership more affordable than having a full mortgage or private renting.

 To find out more and see available properties for sale please visit  Older Persons Shared Ownership (OPSO) - Share to Buy

Care Homes – Residential and Nursing

If you require information about residential accommodation that provides support or nursing care, please contact Adult Social Service Hertfordshire County Council.

This type of accommodation is not accessed via Hertsmere Borough Council.