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Extra care housing offers a new way of supporting you to live independently for as long as you possibly can. It gives you the security and privacy of a home of your own, a range of facilities on the premises, with 24 hour care services available if you need them.

Extra Care Housing

What is extra care housing?

Extra care housing is sometimes called 'very sheltered housing'. The look of the accommodation varies enormously: some are modernised sheltered housing schemes with extra services on site. Many offer a choice of accommodation such as flats or bungalows, for sale or rent. What all residents of extra care housing have in common is the security of owning or renting your own home, control over your finances and the peace of mind that goes with having 24-hour care and support available on site.

You may be thinking of moving or having to leave your old home because of life changes or health problems. Or you may simply be unhappy with where you are living now. If you value your independence and privacy and want control and choices in your life, think about extra care housing.

What support is available?

Residents of extra care housing will be assisted to achieve or maximise their independence in some or all of the following areas: 

- Personal hygiene - e.g. bathing, personal care, continence promotion, also getting in and out of bed
- Regaining confidence in daily living tasks
- Aids for daily living
- Medication support or administration
- Mobility and transfers
- Making a drink, preparing a meal or snack
- Building confidence and continuing supportive programmes
- Identifying what longer term care and support is needed
- Identifying and referring to other agencies as appropriate

Each package of care will be individually tailored and modified to meet the person's needs.

Who can get it?

Anyone living in the Blackburn with Darwen area can apply, whether you live in your own property or are a Housing Association tenant.

However, to work out whether Extra Care Housing would be the right move to make to meet your needs, we do need to carry out an assessment.

What is an assessment?

 

After the assessment we will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them, according to the seriousness of your situation.

How much does it cost?

Before a decision is made on what people need to contribute to their service, a financial assessment takes place which establishes how much money you have available. 

Can I get help with the cost?

It is possible. We will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help.  When we look at your capital and income, we also check that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to.  We will help you claim any benefits you are not getting.

What extra care housing is available in Blackburn with Darwen?

 

St Margaret's Court, Blackburn is a joint venture between Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Contour Housing Association.  This scheme allows tenants to live independently in their own flats (in total there are 28 flats) with the security of twenty four hour cover from carers.

Cotton Spinners Court, Darwen is a joint venture between Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Regenda Housing Association.  This scheme allows tenants, with a diagnosis of dementia, to live independently in their own flat/bungalow (in total there are 5 flats and 4 bungalows) with the security of twenty four hour cover from carers.

Lees Court, Darwen is run by Anchor Trust and has 38 units with 24 hour care staff on site.  The scheme is open to people aged 55+ with some care needs.  The scheme has a guest room for family and friends to stay overnight if needed (small charge).

Hindle Court, Darwen has 29 units and is run by Anchor Trust.  The scheme is open to people aged 55+ who have some care needs.  There is a hairdressing room, laundry, communal lounge with a modern kitchen as well as a wheelchair room for electric wheelchairs.  There are lovely secluded gardens at the rear of the scheme. 

Pembroke Court, Darwen is also run by Anchor Trust.  The scheme is open to people aged 55+ who have some care needs.  There is a hairdressing room, laundry, communal lounge with a modern kitchen as well as a room for electric wheelchairs.  There is a guest room for family and friends to stay overnight (small charge).

Spring Bank Court, Blackburn is run by Housing21 with 40 apartments of which 36 are one bedroom and 4 two bedroom.  The scheme is purpose built with hairdressers, laundry, restaurant, as well as a communal lounge/kitchen.    There is a guest room for family and friends to stay overnight (small charge).  There is an onsite shop.

Kingsway, Blackburn opened in February 2011 and is run by Housing21.  It has 60  one and two bedroom apartments for rent and 4 two bed bungalows for sale through shared ownership, as well as a lounge/kitchen, restaurant, hairdressers, multi-faith room, laundry and a guest room. 

Larmenier Village, Blackburn is run by Nazareth Retirement Villages and is situated in the Beardwood area of Blackburn.  Set in over 4 acres of grounds, there are one and two bedroom apartments and bungalows available to purchase.  Larmenier Village offers an extensive range of social and leisure facilities including: restaurant, coffee shop, lounge areas, library, chapel, hairdressing salon, guest suite and landscaped grounds and woodland.  Further information can be found at: www.nazarethretirementvillages.co.uk 

COMING SOON - Riverside Heights. Opening in Shorey Bank, Darwen in spring 2018.  Riverside Heights housing with care scheme is for local people aged 50 years and over with an assessed need for care and/or support.   The scheme will be run by Together Housing.  With 65 stylish two-bedroom and 20 one-bedroom self-contained apartments, residents can also enjoy a lounge, restaurant, hair and beauty salon and secluded gardens.   Information on how to apply will be available in summer.  Click here to view a poster for the new scheme.

Housingcare.org

You can also visit the housingcare.org website to view a list of extra care housing available in Blackburn with Darwen.

How to get in touch

The Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. 

When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone, check that we've got all our facts straight and then follow this up with a visit to your home to talk about your personal and practical needs and to discuss what help is available.

Other useful contacts

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen
Address: 4 King Street, Blackburn
Phone: 01254 266620
Fax: 01254 266621
Web: www.ageukbwd.org.uk
Email: enquiries@ageukbwd.org.uk

Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) / Housingcare.org
Address: 3rd floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
Phone: 0800 377 70 70
Web: www.housingcare.org
Email: info@firststopadvice.org.uk

Age UK AIMS (Housing Advice, Information and Mediation Service)
Phone: 020 8765 7465 or 0845 600 2001
Web: www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-advice-service/
Email: aims@ace.org.uk

Alzheimer's Society
Phone: 0845 300 0336
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Counsel & Care
Phone: 0845 300 7585
Web: www.counselandcare.org.uk

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