There are some schemes within Rother which cater specifically for older persons and those with personal care needs. Currently Rother District Council does not allocate vacancies to Extra Care schemes.  Applicants should contact East Sussex County Council if interested in these schemes.

Sheltered housing

Age limits for schemes varies but this type of accommodation is generally for applicants aged sixty or over  who  wish to retain their independence but may prefer a smaller, easier to manage, self-contained home.

Most sheltered housing provides a 24 hour alarm system for emergencies and some may  have an on call warden or communal social areas for activities e.g. coffee mornings.

In exceptional circumstances younger applicants with recognised medical needs who would benefit from this type of accommodation may be considered but this will be at the discretion of our Housing Association partners, who own all the stock.

Very Sheltered/Extra Care Housing

Extra Care housing is independent living, generally for older people aged 60+, with a wide range of care and support needs. Residents have access to 24 hour on site care and support with the aim to provide an independent home for life so that residents don’t have to move into residential care, allowing them to retain their independence.

In general to be eligible for extra care housing applicants must:

  • Be 60 or over or assessed as requiring this service
  • have a housing need
  • have clear care and support needs as assessed by East Sussex Social Services

If you have care needs and would like to be assessed for extra care accommodation please contact East Sussex County Council for further information.

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Phone: 0345 60 80 191

Extra care schemes in Rother

The Orangery, Bexhill-on-Sea

The Orangery is an Extra Care Housing scheme for older people in Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea. It offers a range of one and two bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership.

Age 60 and over for the social rented property

55 and over for the shared ownership flats

Scheme Facilities and services include a residents lounge, restaurant for scheme users the local community and friends and family, a multi- purpose room, Hairdressing/ pamper suite, Assisted bathroom, Buggy store, Laundry, landscaped grounds, Scheme manager and on site care and support 24 hours per day.

All flats will also have full wet room with level access shower, kitchens, lounge/diner, door entry system.

For more information please contact Optivo 0800 121 60 60 for enquiries about Renting.

For enquiries about Shared Ownership please contact Optivo on 0800 121 60 60.

St Bartholomew’s Court – Rye

St Bartholomew’s Court offers 55 spacious one bedroom apartments for rent or shared ownership for the over 60’s. The scheme is set in beautiful grounds in Playden, one mile from Rye. Services include freshly prepared meals available 7 days a week and communal areas to socialise. Lift access available to all floors, staff on site 24 hours per day.

St Bartholomews is subject to a Section 106 planning Requirement, giving priority to applicants meetings the schemes local connection criteria.

Applicants who have been assessed with a care need and are interested in St Bartholomews should contact the scheme directly 01797226233.

Supported housing

Supported housing is an enhanced form of independent living accommodation with care and support provided. Supported housing is available for applicants of any age with particular care or support needs e.g. young care leavers or applicants with a learning disability but the availability of such vacancies in Rother is limited.

The supported housing schemes are also subject to their own local letting agreements and protocols, based on the level of care and support or support required.

Applicants requiring this type of accommodation are advised to contact Social Services.

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