Various care concepts within one’s own four walls, communal living, as well as computer courses, dance events, sports and games groups – growing old in Berlin means social connections and activities.  The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and countless private associations make growing old in Berlin exciting every day.

Age-appropriate housing and concepts in Berlin

Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to age-appropriate housing with and without care. Market research institute empirica outlines five basic types of ‘assisted living’. The most common are sheltered housing in which care is guaranteed for the rest of a person’s life. The second most common are residential complexes with a service office that arranges external services.

There are also residential complexes with support facilities (for example a social care unit or a nursing care centre) and retirement or residential homes.

The alternative ‘Communal living’ involves housing schemes in which neighbourly and professional support is organised. The Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing also offers you support with age-appropriate modifications to your apartment.


Be it finances, health, advice or support – you will find out everything you need to know about family life on the Berlin Family Portal. Discover now!