No matter how independent we are, we all need a little extra help from time to time. For some people who need ongoing personal or medical care, that means living with the support of a care home.
For others, it means living in your own luxury property, with a building management team to take care of those time-consuming chores, such as keeping the garden tidy or cleaning the windows.
An Extra Care property, such as an Assisted Living Apartment, is a healthy balance between the two and the ideal choice if you're looking for a level of care that can change to suit you.
What's the difference between Extra Care and a care home?
Unlike living in a care home, you'll get a secure, self-contained property that you actually own. You'll be able to keep your independence, living in an apartment that's been designed with you in mind: a lift to every floor in the building, switches and appliances conveniently fitted at waist-height, non-slip flooring and grab rails in the bathroom.
But unlike conventional sheltered housing – such as a Retirement Living Apartment – an Extra Care property can give you a flexible level of personal care that's there if you ever need it.
You'll get one hour of help around the house each week included in your service charge, and then it's up to you to decide how much or how little extra care you'd like.
It could be as simple as having someone to do your laundry or help you prepare breakfast, or it could mean getting extra support for a few days after you get home from a hospital visit. Our flexible service means that you only ever pay for what you need, when you need it.
Who provides the care in an Assisted Living development?
All of the extra care and support you get comes through YourLife, a long-standing partnership between McCarthy & Stone and the highly regarded care provider, Somerset Care.
We've worked hard to choose the most passionate and personable staff for our care teams, and we've invested in their training to give them all the skills they need to provide you with the best possible service.
Each of our carers has a certificate from the DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service) and YourLife is regulated by the Care Quality Commission – so you can relax knowing that you're in good hands.
If you like the sound of living as an independent homeowner, but with the added security and peace of mind of having help on hand if you need it, start your search for a high-quality Assisted Living property today.