Essex County Council create 1800 Independent Living homes

Essex County Council are investing £27.7 million into a new Independent Living housing programme, which will allow people over 55 with care needs to live in their own homes whilst receiving 24 hour care and support on site. The council is working in partnership with district councils and leading specialist housing providers to deliver the project, which will result in the creation of 1800 new Independent Living homes in the county between now and 2021.

The aim is to give people the opportunity to continue living independently in their own homes whilst providing for their care needs. The housing, also known as Extra Care or Assisted Living, will be modern, easy to maintain and will have technology to support residents.

The benefits include:

  • an attractive, modern flat with your own front door
  • freedom to come and go as you please
  • choice of who provides your personal care
  • dining service
  • leisure activities
  • local shops, services and public transport within easy reach
  • safe and supported environment
  • the option to continue Living with your partner if only one of you has a care need
  • meeting new friends
  • being active in your community

Register your interest by completing an Enquiry Form

Care and support is delivered within the home and when it suits you. Services include, personal care; help managing your home; and assistance with laundry, cleaning and shopping.

To be eligible for the Independent Living scheme, you will:

  • be aged 55+
  • need at least six hours of care each week
  • live in the district where the scheme is located (or have a connection to the area)

The first homes opened in Harwich in January of this year. Rose Park, Harwich consists of 70 affordable flats for over 55s with a care need to rent. Beaumont House, Walton-on-the-Naze is set to open in Spring 2017 and will include 60 flats available to rent. Opening early next year, Cornell Court, Saffron Walden will have 40 flats to rent as well as 33 flats for outright purchase.

There are three methods for applying:

If you receive care from Essex County Council and have been allocated a Social Worker, then you are advised to contact your Social Worker and ask about Independent Living.

If you receive care but have not been allocated a Social Worker, then you should call 0333 0139994 or email

If you do not currently receive care from Essex County Council, then you are advised to call 0345 6037630 or email

For more information, please see Essex County Council’s website here.

If you are interested in a career with Essex County Council? Please click here.

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