It means that someone will check on you daily to see how you are both mentally and physically. They dont provide care more like emotional support. They do not look after or dispense medication. If you have an additional care package such as a carer or support from a cmht then they will liaise with them and phone for an ambulance/gp when deemed necessary. There's usually a support available 24/7 either through emergency pull cord or pendant worn around the neck or both which when pressed alerts the on site warden that you need help and they will come to you (they have keys so can let themselves in). Some schemes do not provide wardens 24/7 but there should be some sort of emergency system out of hours. In addition many wardens offer organized activities in a communal area throughout the week though they aren't compulsory. Daily cleaning of your own flat or bungalow (each scheme varies on the type of accommodation offered but generally it's self contained accommodation) and cooking is down to you though some may offer a weekly luncheon club. You may also qualify for a reduced TV licence fee though each scheme has its own rules about it.
The only downside is that they are often occupied by the elderly so there may be a high turnover of residents. If you struggle getting to know new people in a short space of time it may not be for you. Also many places do not allow pets unless they are assistance dogs. If you have a pet then you will have to rehome it or if you want a pet in the future then it won't be possible. Also I don't know your age but if you are under the age of 55 and having neighbours of a similar age or younger is important to you then that may be an issue because warden controlled schemes are usually occupied by elderly people though some do allow younger people if they have a need. Also depending on your age the activities offered may not be suitable for your age group since they are often aimed at the elderly eg bingo, knitting club, sit down exercise club, coffee mornings etc.
Hope that helps! I live next door to one and generally have no problems except the fire brigade is a frequent caller!
Last edited by not_so_insig : 18-05-2019 at 12:00 AM.