What are my housing options?

Extra Care housing

Extra Care housing enables you to live independently for as long as possible in self-contained accommodation. It provides a secure environment with care services available 24 hours a day in your own home – provided by a team of care workers. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom(s) and living room, but there are also communal facilities such as restaurants, hair salon and other social opportunities.

These can usually be either purchased, part-purchased or rented (with financial support usually being available to you depending on your circumstances).

For further information, call the Adult Social Care Contact Centre on 0800 561 0015.

Sheltered (or retirement) housing

Sheltered (or retirement) housing is suitable if you like living independently but want the reassurance of knowing that assistance is on hand if there is an emergency.

In a sheltered (or retirement) housing scheme you live independently in a flat or bungalow built especially for older people within a larger complex, sometimes around a garden or communal facility and linked to a central control centre for security. Some schemes have access to a resident or non-resident manager who provides support, advice and a link to services for older people.

For further information, call the Adult Social Care Contact Centre on 0800 561 0015.

Care homes

All care providers in the country must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC inspect all care homes and report on their findings – these are available from the care home itself or the CQC (visit www.cqc.org.uk).

There are two types of care home:

Care homes offering personal care only
If you are reasonably active, but need greater security and care, a care home offering only personal care may be suitable. Most care homes provide you with your own bedroom, toilet and washing facilities, and can provide bathrooms with equipment to help you with bathing. Personal care includes help with bathing, feeding, and dressing, and help is available 24 hours a day. There are usually a range of social activities too for you to take part in.

Care homes with nursing
Care homes with nursing provide all the features of a care home plus 24 hour nursing support.

Paying for care homes
There are a number of complicated rules about whether the council can fund your stay in a care home (with or without nursing). There is some brief information on page 5 about this, however this is too complicated to explain in this Directory and you should contact the council for more help about this.

For more information about care homes both with and without nursing, see the listings starting on page 18 in this Directory, visit www.cqc.org.uk, www.staffordshirecares.info or www.carechoices.co.uk