Purpose built accommodation with extra support
Extra care housing is the name given to purpose-built accommodation with care and support for older and vulnerable people.
Extra care housing is designed to offer people the opportunity for more independence and having their own front door while having the reassurance of staff on-site 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Additional, regular support can be arranged for those who need it.
Help to remain independent
- Do you need to leave your home because of life changes, health problems or because you have concerns about where you live?
- Have you had an assessment and an identified need for care, or you feel may need additional support in the future?
- Are you over 55?
If you want to stay in control of your life, have privacy and independence but need some help with day-to-day living, then extra care housing could be what you are looking for. Applications will be considered for younger people with additional needs, such as learning disabilities or caring responsibilities.
Applying for extra care housing
Applications for rental apartments are managed by the local district and borough councils, so you will need to meet the criteria for the housing register in that area.
What extra care housing provides
Extra care housing provides:
- Your own attractive, self-contained independent accommodation suitable for couples and individuals
- Apartments available for sale, rent or shared ownership, designed to ensure you feel safe and secure
- Access to a range of support, personalised care and activities available to meet your assessed needs and support your independence
- A vibrant community life. You can enjoy your own privacy or choose from a range of on-site facilities, activities and services to support you, including a restaurant, hairdressers and shopping
- Accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users and offers level access showers. It is designed to adapt to your changing needs and is supported by assistive technology
Extra care housing is designed to be affordable to everyone who needs it.
The amount you will pay will vary depending on your individual situation and your income. You may have to pay all of the costs, or you may be entitled to benefits to cover some or all of the charges.
The main cost elements of extra care housing are:
- the cost of buying or renting your home
- a service charge associated with your home for maintenance, management of the scheme and any communal facilities
- your care and support costs
- wellbeing and support service costs
- your everyday living expenses, such as utilities and food
Extra care housing available in Derbyshire
Adult care works in partnership with others to provide extra care housing. Currently the following schemes are available:
- Whitfield House in Glossop and Stonelow Court in Dronfield. These are both provided by South Yorkshire Housing Association, tel: 0114 2900 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oakland in Swadlincote, which is provided by Trident Housing Association, tel: 01283 240 594
- Potters Place in Chesterfield, Maple Mews in Alfreton and Smithybrook View in Clay Cross, which are all provided by Chevin Housing Association, email: email@example.com or tel: 0300 555 5561
- Lacemaker Court in Long Eaton, which is provided by Housing and Care 21, tel: 0370 192 4000
- Waltham House in Wirksworth, which is provided by Housing and Care 21, tel: 0370 192 4000
Independent advice about housing options for older people in Derbyshire is available from iDecide tel: 0115 850 8190.