Extra-care housing - assisted living

About extra care housing

Extra-care housing – also known as 'assisted living' – is a type of housing with care. This means you stay independent while you are assisted with tasks such as washing, dressing, going to the toilet or taking medication. Read more at Age UK: assisted living and extra-care housing.

Like sheltered housing, extra-care housing has a manager who lives nearby or on the premises, who can be contacted through an alarm system. Unlike sheltered housing, the manager can help you with domestic tasks such as shopping, some aspects of personal care, as well as in an emergency.

You would have your own home – either your own flat in an apartment building, or a house or bungalow in a development that has staff to help when you need.

Extra care housing:

  • lets you live independently for as long as possible
  • gives you the security and privacy of your own front door
  • gives you all the usual rights of a tenant
  • provides personal support that lets you stay in their own home

Extra-care schemes in Thurrock

We provide extra care housing at Piggs Corner in Grays. Property here is for rent only.

A second scheme, Elizabeth Gardens is managed by Hanover Housing. It is in Long Lane, Grays and has properties for rent and sale.

Both schemes are designed to provide extra care to meet the needs of older people who wish to live independently. They provide self-contained flats designed to meet the needs of older people.

Fully trained care staff are available 24 hours a day to provide extra care and support. This helps you keep your independence and may prevent you having to go into residential care or hospital, or enable you to be discharged from hospital early.

Although not usual, the scheme can also be used by younger people who receive the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance.

Care Quality Commission report

Extra Care (Piggs Corner) is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC inspected the scheme on 31 July 2018 and rated it as 'good'. You can read the full report at: CQC: Thurrock Council extra care service.