This Housing LIN Case Study no 78 provides a synthesis of the detailed evaluation of extra care housing schemes undertaken by East Sussex County Council to inform future decisions related to financial investment in extra care housing. In particular, to ascertain whether extra care housing:
- acts as a preventative model, supporting independence and avoiding admissions into residential care; and
- is a more cost effective model of care delivery than other models, including residential care and care in the community
The resultant findings revealed that the financial impact of the findings was considerable, with the evaluation indicating that the cost of extra care housing was on average half the gross cost of the alternative placements. This has given pause for thought about the future strategic direction of extra care housing and has helped inform growth plans.