Extra care housing

If your independence and privacy are important to you, but you need some extra help, extra care housing could be for you. It gives you more support than sheltered housing but more independence than a care home.

You have your own front door and the security of renting or owning your own home, and care and support staff available 24 hours a day if you need them.

Extra care housing properties vary but they all have communal areas where you can meet and enjoy activities with other residents, and extra services on site. There's a choice of properties including flats and bungalows.

Find an extra care housing scheme

Who can get extra care housing

If you'd like to move in to extra care housing we need carry out a needs assessment to check you're eligible. If you are you'll need to fill in a Devon Home Choice application form.

Support available in extra care housing

The type and level of support you get will depend on your needs and the scheme where you live but can include:

  • 24 hour support
  • domestic support such as cleaning
  • personal care such as help to get dressed
  • communal facilities such as a lounge, dining area and garden
  • organised activities such as group outings, hobby groups or film nights
  • help to manage your bills
  • help to stay active, healthy and safe

Paying for extra care housing

Extra care housing costs fall into four areas:

  • the cost of buying or renting your home
  • any service charges for maintenance and any communal facilities
  • your care costs, such as help to get dressed
  • your support costs, such as cleaning or laundry

If you're on a low income, you might be able to get Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit to pay towards some of the costs.

You might also be able to get help towards your care costs - find out about paying for adult care and support.