Extra care housing
Extra care housing supports people who have social care needs to live independently in their own home, whilst maintaining their privacy within an accommodation-based setting. This type of housing is designed to support people to live an active, independent and fulfilling life.
The scheme provides high quality care and support to adults who have been assessed as having needs that are eligible for social care funding, including those arising from varying degrees of physical frailty, learning disability, mental ill health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, or a combination of these.
Also, care staff are on hand with a flexibility of care available 24 hours a day which can be increased or decreased in response to individual needs.
In Camden, there are five extra care schemes:
Charlie Ratchford Court
Charlie Ratchford Court is a brand new extra care scheme in Chalk Farm.
Staff at the scheme will support the people who live there in a different way to traditional care settings. They will work with people to co-produce their support, focusing on their strengths and what matters to them, rather than the things that they can’t do. Support will be flexible, high-quality and will help people live as independently as possible.
Charlie Ratchford Court provides 38 flats (32 one bed and six two bed, all with outdoor space). There is a range of accessible and adaptable facilities and both indoor and outdoor communal space, as well as a tenant’s lounge, a health and wellbeing suite and a guest suite for when family and friends visit. People living at Charlie Ratchford Court will be offered a daily freshly cooked meal.
When social distancing restrictions lift, a café-style space, courtyard gardens and flexible space will be made available to both residents and the community. There will also be a programme of activities developed with the people who live in the scheme.
The scheme is due to open in early 2012, with the first tenants moving in from April 2021. More details will be available about this scheme in the new year.
The other four extra care housing schemes are operated in partnership with Camden Council. They are:
Covid-19 and extra care housing
Applications for extra care housing
During the pandemic, applications for extra care housing can still be submitted, however due to coronavirus the majority of extra care providers are currently not in a position to accept new referrals and complete the relevant assessments.
If your application for extra care is approved, the Placements Team will put the application on a waiting list until the scheme provider can assess and accept new admissions. The Placements Team will provide an update when the schemes will resume their service of assessing new admissions.
Accessing Covid-19 tests
Residents are able to access testing through Public Health England if there are suspected cases. Staff are able to access the national testing programme through the government website or are able to access walk in test sites across North Central London.
In most cases, residents who test positive for coronavirus would go to hospital if they require further treatment, but this is a clinical decision and will be made on a case by case basis.
If you are interested in applying for extra care housing, or you would like to find out more details, contact Adult Social Care Access and Response Team
Telephone: 020 7974 4000 (option 1)