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Elderly Accomodation Counsel(EAC)

Address:
46 A Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SZ
Area serviced:
Nationwide
Telephone:
020 7820 1343
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Sector:
Voluntary

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It's a big decision to go into residential or nursing care, and not one that's always easily made. There will be lots of issues to consider, places to look at, and things to watch out for, but the whole process will be easier if you can try to keep viewing it as a positive step. Moving into care can actually be an opportunity. Not only will you have the chance to make new friends with other residents, you will also be surrounded by friendly staff who will be able to make life more comfortable for you. The most important thing to keep in mind is what you are looking for – the care you need, at a price you can afford, in a home that's right for you.
Advice for people with housing enquiries.For example,if they are moving property,are waiting to be allocated a local authority property or feel that they are living in sub-standard accomodation.
Sheltered Housing is often called retirement housing or warden-assisted housing. There are many different types of sheltered or retirement housing to rent or buy. Schemes usually consist of between 15 and 40 dwellings which may be bed sitting rooms or studios, one or two bed roomed flats, bungalows or luxury apartments.
Sheltered Housing is often called retirement housing schemes, both to rent and to buy. Prices and types of houses vary enormously. A small second-hand flat can be found for £100,000 in some parts of the country. Brand new properties cost more. Once all the properties in a new sheltered or retirement housing scheme have been sold the ongoing management of the scheme is usually transferred to a management company, which may be either commercial or non-profit making. The scheme manager and other services are paid through a service charge, ranging from a few pounds a week in a scheme with no manager to £100 or more a week if meals and extra amenities are provided. However in the majority of ordinary sheltered or retirement schemes the charge is in the range of £20-40 a week. In addition you will have to pay ground rent which could vary from £50 a year to £300 or more, council tax, water charges, contents insurance, telephone & fuel bills.
Special sheltered/Extra care housing is designed with the needs of frailer older people in mind and with varying levels of care/support available on site. People who live in Extra Care housing have their own self contained homes, their own front doors and a legal right to occupy the property. It is therefore very different from a care home where residents only have a licence to occupy a room. Extra care can help older people remain independent for as long as possible by providing additional care and support in addition to that normally available in sheltered housing. Extra Care can be owned, rented, part-owned/part rented or multi-tenure. The majority of properties are rented and are in schemes managed by Registered social landlords.