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Independent Living

Independent Living housing, also known as extra care homes, is for people aged 55 or over with care needs but want to stay independent. These properties provide 24-hour care and support onsite.

Independent Living properties in Essex are provided by Essex County Council in partnership with district councils.

To qualify for Independent living and extra care housing you need:

  • to be aged 55 and over
  • at least 6 hours of care and support each week
  • to live in a district offering the scheme or have a connection to that area

Each local council's eligibility criteria may differ. Contact your local council for more information and advice.

Visit Independent Living in Essex for more information on cost, the properties available and how to apply.

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