Extra Care Housing - Strand Court

Extra Care Housing schemes are being developed in North East Lincolnshire (NEL), to provide housing with care and support for older people as their needs increase. ECH represents a real alternative to traditional residential care as it allow people to retain their own property, address and front door, whilst having easy access to the care and support they need.

The first scheme, called Strand Court, was completed in July 2015 at Hope Street (off Albion Street), Grimsby and offers 60 specially designed ECH apartments for rental. Similar schemes in North East Lincolnshire are in the planning stages and will provide a total of 300 ECH flats over the next 5 years.

These individual apartments are grouped in a single building, set around communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, restaurant, activity rooms and hairdressing salon with private landscaped gardens.

People living in ECH still want to be part of their local community, so a number of the communal facilities, such as the restaurant, hairdressers and some activities are open for use by older people living in the local community, as well as residents. Strand Court is close to main roads, served by public transport and close to local community facilities, to enable independent living.

In ECH schemes a care team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide care and support to those tenants needing it, and help in an emergency, such as when someone has an accident or becomes ill. This support is there to respond to individual needs, including help with things like cooking meals, personal care (for example washing, getting up or into bed), taking medicine or just getting around.

This availability of care and support is intended to help people live as normal a life as possible in their own homes, providing the right amount of care and support to help them achieve maximum independence and it gives people a say in how they live their lives.

Social interaction between residents is encouraged in the restaurant and other communal areas, and through planned activities that are of interest to individuals. Every individual is given the opportunity to access these activities and enjoy informal social interaction with others to create the ECH community. The wider community will be encouraged to use the ECH communal space to ensure that ECH is seen as an integral part of the local community. 

Who can apply for extra care housing?

To apply for Extra Care Housing prospective tenants must generally be over 60 and have an identified need for housing and care.  Anyone who meets the ECH criteria can apply for an apartment and this criteria covers physical needs, emotional and mental health needs and social needs. The apartments are offered to people following a full assessment of their care and housing needs and in exceptional circumstances it may be possible for a younger person to apply. For more details about the criteria please see the Strand Court leaflet and the contact information below.

If you would like to express an interest in this scheme, please contact Lucy Bowers the Scheme Managing Agent on 01472 808033 or e-mail:lucy.bowers@inclusionhousing.org.uk.

For more general information on extra care housing and the eligibility criteria please contact Sarah Moody, Extra Care Housing Co-ordinator on 0300 330 2815 or e-mail: sarah.moody2@nhs.net