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Housing for older people

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is housing designed for people over 60 with housing related support needs. Sheltered housing will normally only be available to those requiring the level of support offered in this type of accommodation. Eligible people may be subject to an assessment by the landlord to establish their support needs and suitability for living in the scheme selected.

Applicants over 60 years of age will be considered as well as applicants with a disability who require the accommodation and support provided within a sheltered scheme. In the latter case, some landlords will accept persons over 55 years of age.

Priority for allocations to ground floor sheltered and elderly persons accommodation will be given to current tenants on the housing register, living on an upper floor, within the same block, who have a medical/mobility need for ground floor accommodation. Allocations made thereafter will be based on individual need. This will then free up a property for another applicant.

If the assessment indicates that the person requires a higher level of support than can be provided by sheltered housing, they will be advised that sheltered housing would not be appropriate and referred to Adult Care Services.

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Extra care housing

Extra care is housing for older people where additional support and social care services are provided in accordance with assessed need. Extra Care housing is intended to enable older people to live as independently as possible for as long as possible and improve the quality of life and choice that older people can expect as they become less able.

Extra care housing will be advertised through Kent Homechoice but a dedicated allocation panel, consisting of representatives from the Council, Social Services and the housing provider, will make allocations. Allocations through this panel will be based on an assessment of the level of support and care required by the applicant.



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