Independent Living Schemes - share your views

Closed 31 Jul 2023

Opened 7 Jul 2023


North Northamptonshire Council Commissioners are seeking views from residents, those 50 years and above (with or without current care and support needs) regarding the support required for the future within Independent Living Schemes across North Northamptonshire.

What are Independent Living Schemes?

Independent Living Schemes, often known as Extra Care or Assisted Living Schemes, are developments that comprise of self-contained apartments. These schemes offer the ability to continue living with a partner or family member but with design features and support services available to enable self-care and independent living. The settings predominantly meet needs for people aged 55 and over as a place to live forever.

The accommodation model meets a range of care and support needs for people over the age of 55, including those with mental health needs (including dementia), autism, learning disabilities, and physical/sensory disability. Where required, support is available to provide palliative and end of life care. Individuals have the assurance of 24hour staff based within the scheme who are able to respond to emergencies (via pull cords within apartments) and provide individualised support based on need.

For people living in these types of settings, it means there is often no need to move into a care home once care and support needs increase. Schemes act as their own community neighbourhood and also have close connections and integration with the local community. They ensure people feel safe and secure whilst still maintaining privacy and exercising maximum choice and control over daily life.

What do we want to know?

North Northamptonshire have some existing schemes, and with new developments in planning stages, Commissioners are keen to ensure any care and support and design feedback is considered when recommissioning these services over the coming years.

This overview and survey are available in Easy Read format via the links below:

You can:

  • Print the Easy Read survey, complete it and return it to the Commissioning Team at the email address below
  • Refer to the Easy Read overview and complete the online survey with assistance from someone else
  • Telephone the team at North Northamptonshire Council who can assist you to complete it over the phone via: 07435832899

You can also share any comments via post to:

Commissioning Team
North Northamptonshire Council
Haylock House
Kettering Parkway
NN15 6EY

Should you require further details in relation to Independent Living Schemes ahead of completing the online survey please contact commissioners with your enquiry at:

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