There could be a wider choice of accommodation for those who require care but want to continue to live independently.
Cumbria County Council is proposing the investment of up to £6million in Extra Care Housing, which is similar to sheltered housing.
It is believed this will save £500,000 on more costly care options, such as funding places in residential homes.
Each scheme is built in partnership with a housing association.
The council currently supports 12 schemes around the county with four more expected to be completed during 2015/2016.