Extra Care Housing Schemes – Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Recent research from Aviva, found that six million adults in the UK do not know any of their neighbour’s names. However, with one in five wanting to get to know their neighbours better, being a part of a community is aspirational.

Extra care residents enjoy an outing
Extra care residents enjoy an outing
Rosewell House exterior
Rosewell House exterior

For those living in extra care housing schemes, community living isn’t only aspirational, it is entirely possible. A relatively new concept, extra care enables over 55s who require some care and/or support to continue living independently within their own apartment, whilst accessing support services and sharing communal facilities with other likeminded people.

Due to the extensive benefits, extra care housing schemes are on the rise, with councils calling for more to be built, and they have become a great option for older people who desire companionship, as well as support and suitable housing.

Katrina Levett, Director of Operations at Rapport Housing & Care said: “From Aviva’s research, it is clear that being a part of a friendly community is a significant factor for people moving into a new home. Our extra care housing schemes have been designed to promote community living and encourage residents to spend time together within the excellent range of communal areas and through the activities that are implemented with staff support.

“Of our current extra care residents, 70% told us they feel less lonely since living with us, whilst 82% said their overall quality of life was better. We are sure that when we welcome residents to our new schemes, they will find the community they have been looking for too.”

Rapport Housing & Care currently operates three extra care housing schemes in Gravesend, Larkfield and Tonbridge, the latter two opened this summer and already have thriving communities. Plans for a further two in Wateringbury and Kemsing are sure to contribute a great deal to not only the housing needs but the social aspirations of older people in the south east.

Posted : 06/11/2018

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