Extra care housing is self-contained apartments designed for older people, in a setting where care and support can be provided by an on-site provider.
Extra Care Housing is similar to sheltered housing, in that the accommodation usually consists of individual, self-contained flats, each with its own front door. The difference is that the level of personal care available is much higher and can be arranged according to individual needs. As well as help with personal care, meals and other daily living activities, people living at extra care settings have the added reassurance that staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies.
Extra Care Housing includes communal facilities which create opportunities for social and leisure activities, and a community in which people can live and age well.
Extra Care Housing is available on a wide variety of tenures – with social rent, shared ownership and (as 'assisted living') private rental and leasehold options. SCC intends to deliver Extra Care Housing on an affordable rent basis.
Currently there is not enough Extra Care Housing in Surrey and there is a particular lack of affordable Extra Care Housing. Surrey County Council has committed to increasing the availability of affordable Extra Care Housing and plans to deliver 725 new homes by 2030. The Extra Care Housing will be:
Designed so that residents can live their life their own way
Created with our residents' future in mind
Within the heart of the community
Designed to support and promote our residents' independence.
Below is a short video that provides you with an indication of how we plan to deliver Extra Care Housing.