This type of housing offers older people who need more support the chance to continue living independently within their own self-contained properties. Couples and friends can stay together and there is a mix of able and less able people. Extra care schemes offer higher levels of on site care compared to sheltered housing.
Each resident is assessed in the normal way to work out how much care they need and there may also be support on call for all those in the scheme. In addition to personal care, extra care schemes may also offer domestic support, meals and leisure and social activities. Residents can choose to join in social activities or remain private.
In Northumberland, The Manors which is located on the West Wylam estate in Prudhoe provides 46 one and two bedroom flats. There are 34 for rent and 12 for shared ownership. It is owned and managed by Isos Housing in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Northumberland County Council. The building also plays a key role in the local community with a restaurant open to the public and internet café available. To make an enquiry, phone Isos Housing on 0191 223 8321.
Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare are also building 12 additional extra care flats to support older people as part of a new hospital facility being built on the site of the existing Haltwhistle War Memorial on Westgate. This is due to open in 2014.