- Your own home within a supported housing scheme
- On-site staff on call 24 hours a day
- Access to on-site communal facilities
Extra Care Housing allows you to live as independently as possible, in the security and privacy of your own home, but gives you the peace of mind that someone is on call if you need any help. Extra Care is a form of housing with self-contained, accessible and affordable one or two bedroomed flats or bungalows that you can rent. They are purpose-built or adapted to support people who have care and support needs.
If you have regular care and support needs, they can be met by the on-site team of care and support workers. Your support is tailored to your own situation and can easily be adjusted if your needs change.
You can have help with things like:
Washing, dressing and personal care
Preparing snacks and heating up meals
Shopping and laundry (privately purchased)
Some domestic tasks (privately purchased
Reminders to take medicines (as part of a care package)
There is also a night time on-site member of staff who you can call in an emergency by activating a life-line, which is available in each property. Communal facilities are also provided. These vary between schemes, but may include a lounge, craft and day rooms with organised activities, laundry, garden and guest rooms, library, hairdressing, and lunch time meals are available at most schemes. They are also often located very close to local shops and local amenities.
All Extra Care schemes have on-site staff who are responsible for delivering housing related support, which includes:
Checking you are okay each day
Help with correspondence
Assistance in making health appointments, for example, with your GP
Helping you deal with money matters
Helping with housing and tenancy related issues
Helping you to access other services, such as a handyman service
Helping you to and from the dining room to have a hot meal (there will be a charge for the meal)
Managing the building
To apply for Extra Care Housing you must first contact the landlord to discuss your requirements. If they think you may be eligible, they will invite you to visit the scheme and complete an application
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A Trusted Assessor from one of our Care Providers or an Adult Social Care Worker will help assess your care and support needs in the first instance. Applicants who it is felt would benefit from ECH will ultimately require a full needs assessment by Adult Social Care.
Adult Social Care and the landlord are responsible for agreeing who can move into Extra Care and who has priority. This is because Adult Social Care contributes money to all the elements of the scheme that makes it “Extra” care, for example, the 24 hour available support. If it is felt that your needs could be met by a different housing and support solution, you will be informed of this.
A Panel meets to discuss and allocate eligible applicants monthly, but there may be a waiting time for some accommodation.