Housing for older people
We have 17 older persons’ schemes across the Braintree district. Each one provides manageable accommodation to help you retain your privacy, dignity and independence.
Housing that’s the right fit for you
As a resident you will receive a service which is designed to meet your individual needs.
Most schemes have some or all of the following facilities:
- Communal lounge, which enables residents to hold optional social activities, coffee mornings and other events; or just sit and relax by yourself or with neighbours
- Communal laundry and drying facilities are available for the exclusive use of residents in most of our schemes
- Guest room, where your friends or relatives can stay for a nightly charge
- Communal gardens, which we ensure are maintained to a high standard so that you can enjoy them to the full
- Mobility scooter storage is available at a small charge. Please check with us for further details and availability. For safety, scooters can’t be stored in communal areas or within individual properties.
- Telecare equipment that can be used 24 hours, 365 days a year to call for help in an emergency. This comes in the form of hardwired pull cords, dispersed alarms and pendants. An additional charge for a pendant applies.
Within some of our schemes, we provide and maintain cookers and fridges for a small weekly charge. If you bring your own fridge and/or cooker, you may still be required to pay the weekly charge and will need to check with us. Please contact us to find out at which schemes this service is available.
To help you maintain our residents’ safety, dignity and independence, there is support available to people living within our Housing for Older People Schemes. The types of support we can offer include:
- Support to obtain equipment such as; shower seats, grab rails, toilet frames
- Support applying for adaptations to your property to make it safer and easier for you to live in
- Support accessing services that provide; meals on wheels, residential and domiciliary care, help with cleaning, help with shopping and other day to day tasks
- Support with accessing health services, including mental health services
- Referrals for debt, benefit and budgeting advice
- Support to find social and cultural activities
- Support to protect you from neglect and abuse
If you feel you need support in any of these areas you can request an assessment to check your eligibility. To request an assessment please fill out the Support Referral Form in the Useful Links box on the right.
What will I pay?
When you move into your new home, you will pay a weekly charge for 48 weeks of the year. This covers the cost of your home and the services you receive.This charge is broken down into a number of areas:
- Basic rent, which pays for the management and maintenance of your home
- Service charges, which pay towards communal services. Please see the service charge schedule in the supporting documents section to see a list of possible charges
- Support charges, which include the cost of the emergency alarm service
Other charges vary from scheme to scheme but can include costs for electricity and heating. They could also include additional services you may choose, such as the use of a mobility scooter store. If you are eligible, your basic rent and some service charges are paid through Housing Benefit.
How do I apply?
To find out about applying for a home in one of our schemes, contact our Neighbourhood and Lettings Team. You can find their details in the ‘Greenfields contacts’ box on the right.
Click on the links below to download helpful information about our older person services:
To find out about our 17 schemes located across the district, contact:
To find out about applying for a home in one of our schemes, contact our Neighbourhood and Lettings Team:
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What is a Community Gateway Association?
We give our residents the chance to be actively involved with Greenfields and have a say on how things are done. We provide additional opportunities and resources to our residents, beyond the development and maintenance of their homes. Click the button below to learn more.