£27.7 million Independent Living programme
The Independent Living Programme – innovative approach to housing and care for older people – has recently been welcomed in Parliament as an example for other local authorities to follow and is proving a hit with Essex residents too.
Independent Living is attractive, self-contained housing with 24 hour care and support on-site. Around 2,000 Essex residents will benefit from a £27.7 million investment in the programme between now and 2021. The investment will enable eligible older people who would otherwise be living in residential care, or who are receiving domiciliary care in their own home – to live independently. Essex County Council now working with all district councils to identify suitable land for development to meet local demand for Independent Living housing.
Help when you need it
Follow the story of 89-year-old Winnie Miller and her son Dennis, 62, via this video and hear what benefits they feel this kind of specialist housing brings to older people. Find out more about Independent Living housing including eligibility; the first three schemes being developed in Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze and Saffron Walden; plus a further 19 schemes for Braintree, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring and Uttlesford. You can also call 0345 6037630.