DementiaRoadmap Wales

Promoting living well with dementia across Wales

Extra care

Extra care housing can be a good alternative to a move to a residential care or nursing home, enabling people to remain independent.

Extra care schemes provide:

  • self-contained accommodation within a residential complex
  • a personalised package of personal care and domestic help, for example help with shopping, cooking, getting dressed or washing
  • access to 24-hour support
  • some communal living areas and facilities, such as activity rooms, a shared garden, restaurant, library or hairdresser.

Many schemes aim to support people in their own homes until the end of life. Despite the benefits, extra care may not suit everyone. Many people prefer to have their own space, but for some, this can feel isolating and they may prefer a residential setting. As people's support needs increase, extra care can also become an expensive housing option.

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