Extra care housing is designed to provide self-contained accommodation, suitable for people over the age of 55 who have a range of needs, such as those with mobility difficulties. The accommodation comes with a higher level of care than is usually found in a scheme housing setting and is tailored to meet individual needs. The aim is to enable older people to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible.

Dartford has two extra care housing schemes; one in Barn End Lane, Wilmington called Emily Court and another in Bevis Close, Stone called Strawberry Hill. The accommodation in each scheme offers spacious living areas, fully fitted modern kitchens, accessible bathrooms, carpets and secure door entry. Both schemes have a restaurant and lounge, bar and kiosk, hair salon, a hobby room and landscaped communal gardens.

Eligibility is based upon need, with priority being given to those with an assessed social care need.

Wellbeing charge:

This is a contribution that tenants pay to the 24 hour emergency background support that is provided in an extra care setting. Individual contributions are calculated by a Kent County Council (KCC) Financial Assessment Officer. From 8 April 2019 the most that you have to pay is £15.94 per week and many will pay less than this or nothing at all, depending on their circumstances.

KCC have produced a fact sheet that explains the charge in further detail.

How to apply:

To apply for extra care housing in the Dartford borough, you will first need to apply to join Dartford Borough Council’s housing register via www.kenthomechoice.org.uk.

You would also need to make contact with Adult Services ARMS team at Kent County Council on 03000 416161.

For further information:

Please contact Housing Allocations on 01322 343907.