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Extra Care and Sheltered Housing

Extra Care Housing

Extra Care Housing is for older people aged 55+ with care and/or support needs who wish to remain in their own home and to lead as independent a life as possible as they get older.  Schemes are made up of individual apartments with personal care and housing support available 24 hours a day, enabling people to maintain their privacy and independence in a safe environment.  Any care is flexible and can increase or reduce according to current care need.  Schemes provide a social environment if that is what people are seeking.  Equally, people can do their own thing in their private apartment.  More information about Wiltshire Council's approach to Extra Care Housing may be found at the council's website here.

Extra Care Housing Schemes are intended to provide homes for active older people in addition to those with care needs.  People do not need a care need to live in a scheme but if they develop care needs later, care is on site to meet that need.  The qualifying criteria are to benefit from living with other people in an environment which will have rooms for social activities and to have a connection to Wiltshire Council's area based on own residency (2 years+) or close family members' residency (adult children, adult siblings, parents - 5 years+).  Owning a home or having capital is not a barrier to registering with Homes4Wiltshire for Extra Care Housing.

Particular Extra Care Housing schemes usually provide specially adapted accommodation, suitable for wheelchair users, with hoist facilities and an assisted bathroom.  Schemes vary in their facilities but many have communal facilities for residents’ use, including -

• Lounge
• Cafe
• Hair and beauty salon
• Activity room
• Guest room (for relatives to stay overnight)
• Mobility scooter store
• Laundry room
• Assisted bathroom and treatment room

Where are the Extra Care Schemes?

Scheme

Registered Provider

Location

Needham House

Wiltshire Council

Devizes

Crammer Court

Aster

Devizes

Meadow Court

Aster

Pewsey

Burnham Court

Abbeyfield

Malmesbury

Bell Orchard

Selwood

Westbury

Dairy View

Housing and Care 21

Royal Wootten Bassett

Florence Court

Order of St John’s Care Trust

Trowbridge

 

New Extra Care Housing Schemes

Wiltshire Council and its partner housing providers are developing new extra care housing schemes, in light of its increasing popularity.

At present, a new scheme is under construction on the Kings Gate Estate in Amesbury, due for completion in April 2018 approximately.  The scheme will have 60 apartments:  20 x 1 bedroom, 40 x 2 bedroom.  It will be a mixture of affordable rented (40 units) and shared ownership (part rent/part buy - 20 units).  On site 24 hour care will be provided for those with a need for this and a manager will be available in office hours.

If you want to be kept informed step by step of the development of the scheme, please email your details (name, address, email address and telephone number) to the Housing Commissioning team at extracarehousing@wiltshire.gov.uk.  Please note that this email is unconnected with the assessment of housing applications, so please send supporting documents to homes4wiltshire@wiltshire.gov.uk.  A newsletter about the new scheme is available here.

How can I access Extra Care Housing?

Extra care housing is allocated to applicants on our housing register. Applicants will be:

  • aged 55 or over

  • connected to Wiltshire Council's area - either own residency (2 years+) or close family members' residency (adult children, adult siblings, parents - 5 years+)

  • registered with Homes4Wiltshire

When applying for housing to Homes4Wiltshire, please provide copies of the following documents:

  • Proof of eligibility for housing in the UK i.e. a birth certificate or current passport

  • Proof of current address

  • Proof of connection to Wiltshire Council's area

Every week vacant properties are advertised on this website. Once you are registered you can then ‘bid’ for properties when they are advertised in a weekly bidding cycle which runs from 00:00 hours on a Thursday to 23:59 hours the following Monday.

When you apply for housing, you agree to be assessed for extra care housing by a member of the Adult Social Care Team, who will determine the level of care and support that you require.  Please note that if you have care needs, this may be a telephone call rather than a face to face assessment.  If you have no care needs, the assessment will be very light touch.

How much will it cost to live in Extra Care Housing?

There are four cost elements that relate to extra care:

• Rent – this is of an affordable nature and is unlikely to exceed the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for the local area. In Devizes for example the typical rent for a 2 bed flat is around £120 per week and slightly less for a single flat

• Service charge – this covers the cost of the cleaning and heating of the communal areas, the scheme manager, where relevant, fire safety, grounds maintenance etc. A typical service charge is between £30 and £55 per week and are largely Housing Benefit/Universal Credit eligible

• Core care cost – this charge pays for the 24 hour security of care and support. An approximate cost is £25 per week

• Individual care needs – this charge relates to planned care provided within the home such as assistance with washing, bathing, lunch preparation

For more detailed information on Extra Care Housing in the Wiltshire Council area please see the leaflet attached.

 

Sheltered Housing in Wiltshire

What is sheltered housing?

Sheltered housing is the name given to flats and bungalows designed and managed specifically for older people or people with physical or sensory impairments.

Sheltered housing is independent housing – not a care home or nursing home. Every sheltered resident has a tenancy for their flat or bungalow like any other Housing Association tenant.

Sheltered housing offers:

  • Your own home with your own front door

  • Independence - a home for life with full security of tenure

  • Peace of mind with help on hand 24 hours a day 365 days a year (via support workers and a community alarm system)

  • Safety and security

  • The help you need to continue living comfortably in your own home.

  • The opportunity to join a lively community of like-minded people

Who is sheltered housing for?

Sheltered housing is allocated to applicants on our Housing Register. Applicants will be:

  • aged 60 or over (in some cases, the threshold is 50 or 55)

  • have a connection to Wiltshire Council's area

  • registered with Homes4Wiltshire

When applying for housing through Homes4Wiltshire the following information is required:

  • Proof of eligibility for housing in the UK ie a birth certificate or current passport

  • Proof of current address

  • Proof of connection to Wiltshire Council's area

There are various sheltered schemes located throughout the Wiltshire Council area. Every week vacant properties are advertised on the Homes4Wiltshire website www.homes4wiltshire.co.uk. Once you are registered you can then ‘bid’ for properties.