Extra care housing

What is extra care housing

Extra care housing is a type of housing which helps people to maintain their independence building on the principles of:

  • Promoting independence - providing self contained accommodation with access to onsite care services and to enable people to continue to live in the community to avoid becoming isolated.
  • Empowerment - making health, care and support services available to individuals where they live rather than having to move into a residential care home.
  • Accessibility - providing specially designed or adapted accommodation to facilitate the delivery of care.

Extra care housing provides a range of housing and care/support services tailored to meet individual needs available  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with your own tenancy agreement. The amount of care provided at any time can be flexible to accommodate fluctuating needs, and can be supported by in-built " smart technology" or " telecare" (for example call alarms or sensors to alert staff to particular circumstances). Schemes may be specifically designed to cater for specialist needs, such as for people with dementia. Living within the wider community can help people to maintain and build up the skills needed to retain their independence.

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