Extra care housing

1. What is extra care housing?

Extra care housing is ideal for older people who need care and support but would like to live in their own flat. Round-the-clock care is provided on site.

Everyone living in extra care housing must have an assessed care and support need. This type of housing can be considered as an alternative to residential care.

Flats in extra care schemes can either be rented or bought.

What extra care provides

Most schemes feature the following:

  • Well-designed and fully wheelchair accessible housing
  • A safe, secure environment
  • An on-site scheme manager
  • Access to 24 hour care and support delivered through an on-site care and support team
  • Community alarm service and assistive technology
  • A range of facilities which may include: residents’ lounge, computer area, activities rooms, buggy store, assisted bathroom, guest suite, hairdressers/pamper suite, laundry facilities (some of these are also available for use by the local community)
  • Restaurant/cafe, open to the local community, providing a lunchtime meal
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Parking for residents, staff and guests

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