Extra Care housing supports people to live independently in their own home for as long as possible. Extra Care housing provides a secure environment with care services available 24 hours a day in your own home. Apartments have a kitchen, bathroom, up to two bedrooms and a living room.
The developments provide communal facilities, such as a restaurant and a hair salon, as well as areas to hold regular social activities. Although it varies from scheme to scheme there is the opportunity to rent, part purchase or fully own an apartment.
Whichever of these options you choose, your apartment will be your home. Should you currently benefit from financial help paying your rent or receiving support this will still be available subject to your circumstances.
Extra Care housing enhances the offer to older people when they feel they require a little more support. Providing peace of mind that someone is always on hand to help if required is at the core of the model. There are two Extra Care housing schemes in Cinderford and Lydney which are designed for residents who have care needs and are in receipt of a care package from Gloucestershire County Council.
There are the three types of Extra Care housing and many different services on offer.
Homes for rent
You must pay rent and have a tenancy agreement. All homes provided by a Housing Association have rent that is usually regarded as ‘affordable’ and depending on your income you may qualify for housing benefit to help with your rent.
This means you would buy your home on a 100% leasehold basis.
If you are not in a position to buy outright, there may be an option to part buy, part rent your home. This means that you buy some equity in your home, up to 75% and may or may not have to pay rent on the remainder.
Care and support services available
Extra Care housing is designed to offer older people over the age of 55 a safe and secure environment with 24 hours care and support available on site.
A range of care services are available including:
• personal care and hygiene;
• help with dressing and undressing;
• assistance to get up in the morning and go to bed in the evening;
• help with taking medication, collecting medication and monitoring use;
• assistance to the dining room for meals in the restaurant or with meal preparation in your own home;
• general monitoring of health and well-being; and
• hairdresser and social activities
The main types of housing support that staff can provide are:
• general counselling and support;
• help in maintaining the safety and security of your home;
• assistance with the use of appliances and equipment;
• arranging adaptations and minor repairs to your home;
• providing advice, advocacy and liaison with other professionals;
• arranging for assistance with welfare benefits and personal finances/budgeting;
• advising and assisting you with resettlement if necessary; and
• ensuring that there are opportunities for social interaction within the scheme