Extra Care housing schemes
About Extra Care housing schemes
Extra Care housing enables frailer older people to live independently for longer and at the same time access the levels of care and support that they require. Independence means living in their own home and maintaining a good quality of life. They also help to reduce social isolation by enabling people to remain a part of the community as the schemes are designed to be a 'hub', providing services for other local people in the community as well as those living there. Extra Care housing can also help prevent people going into hospital unnecessarily or being kept in hospital after they are fit to return home as there is an on-site care and support team available.
The Excellent Homes for Life project has provided 140 Extra Care flats within 3 Extra Care housing schemes; including 10 flats specifically designed for people with dementia and associated conditions. Our Extra Care housing schemes also have shared communal facilities including a hairdressing salon, restaurant, activity rooms and therapy rooms.
Some of the facilities, such as the restaurant, hair salon, activity and therapy rooms and also some of the activities held at the schemes are open to the local community, as well as tenants.
Other facilities for tenants’ exclusive use are guest suites available to hire for family and friends, laundry room, assisted bathing facilities and residents’ lounge.
Our Extra Care Restaurants
Each restaurant welcomes tenants, their friends or relatives and the public alike and is very reasonably priced. All restaurants are currently run by Kirklees Catering Service.
The restaurants offer a breakfast menu each morning and drinks and snacks are also available throughout the morning.
There is a lunchtime service from 12pm to 2pm every day and this provides a range of hot and cold meals and snacks including a choice in portion size and price and a vegetarian option.
Lighter meals are also available including salads, quiche, Panini’s, filled jacket potatoes together with a selection of desserts and cakes. Dietary requirements can be accommodated on request e.g. diabetic, coeliac and gluten intolerance.
Sandy Mount Bistro
Sandy Mount Bistro
Locations of the homes
Our 3 Extra Care housing schemes are:
- Woodland Court, School Lane, Dewsbury WF15 4DU – comprising of 46 one and two bedroom flats. Woodland Court opened in July 2013.
- Meadow Green, Dale Lane, Heckmondwike WF16 9QG – comprising of 45 one and two bedroom flats. This scheme also includes Meadow Green Lodge, a smaller self-contained unit comprising of10 flats for people with dementia who want to continue to live independently. Meadow Green opened in December 2013.
- Sandy Mount, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield HD4 5QP – comprising of 41 one and two bedroom flats. Sandy Mount opened in July 2014.
Features of the homes
The Extra Care housing schemes are built to a high quality and include the following features:
- flexible living space – using the Lifetime Homes standard our designs reduce the need to make any changes required over time; allowing people to stay in their own homes for longer.
- good security - with external lighting and doors, windows and locks all meeting the Secure by Design standard; helping people to feel safe in their homes and environment
- neighbourhood facilities – each Extra Care housing scheme is built within existing communities and has good access to local facilities
- energy efficient and well insulated - making the flats cheaper to run and reducing carbon emissions which is better for the environment
- in-built assisted technology system – allowing tenants to request assistance in the event of an emergency
Renting the homes
The Extra Care flats are offered to people following a care assessment and confirmation that they meet the criteria in the council's housing allocations policy for an Extra Care flat. Prospective tenants must therefore have both a housing need and a care need and homes will be allocated on a priority of needs basis. All tenants are council tenants.
Anyone who feels an Extra Care flat would suit their needs or knows of someone who would benefit from living in an Extra Care housing scheme should contact Gateway to Care:
In addition to regular household bills there are 3 main parts to the cost of an Extra Care flat:
- Housing – the cost of renting the flat from Kirklees Council.
- Service charge – for management and maintenance of the flat and communal facilities.
- Care and support – these will vary depending on individual need and circumstances
Management of the homes
The consortium, JLW Excellent Homes for Life, is managing the schemes for 20 years through its contractor Pinnacle PSG. This includes carrying out maintenance and repairs, and looking after communal areas including external areas, such as the gardens and parking spaces. Pinnacle PSG also manage the tenancies of the Extra Care flats.
Pinnacle PSG provide a 24/7 helpdesk service for tenants to report housing repairs or raise any other query or concern relating to either their tenancy or to the management or maintenance of their home.
Each Extra Care housing scheme is managed on a day to day basis by a manager who also has responsibility for ensuring that tenants receive the care and support they need from the on-site care team. The manager and the care and support team are employed by a single provider in each scheme, who is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and accredited by Kirklees Council. The council awarded the contract for Woodland Court, to Radis Community Care and the contracts for Meadow Green and Sandy Mount were awarded to Community Integrated Care (CIC).
The performance of the care and support provider will be monitored by the CQC and by the council through its care contracts monitoring team