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Emerald homes from West Kent are available to rent for people aged 55 and over. We offer quality homes, choice and flexible services as well as a wide range of activities across three housing options - independent living, sheltered housing, and extra care. If you’re interested in any of our housing association services for the over 55s, read on to find out more.

  • Independent living

    With this Emerald option you will live in your own home, which is generally a flat or a bungalow within a friendly community environment, and in some locations you'll also have access to communal facilities like a communal lounge, kitchen and laundry room.

    You will be able to contact West Kent directly to report repairs, to discuss your tenancy, manage your rent and much more. If you need extra support, we can help ensure you get the services you need to remain living independently.

  • Sheltered housing

    Sheltered housing is independent living for people aged 55 or over. You will live in your own West Kent home within a scheme environment and we’ll support you to live independently for as long as possible. These schemes benefit from communal facilities such as a laundry room, lounge, kitchen and garden - some also have a guest room. The properties have a secure door entry system and our staff provide a daily presence and welfare call. If you need extra support, we can help ensure you get the services you need. We talk to you about your needs and create a support plan with you, which we review regularly.

  • Extra care

    Similar to sheltered housing, extra care is independent living for people aged 55 and over, with the added reassurance of staff being on site 24 hours a day. We support you to live an independent lifestyle, offering a wide range of services. As well as the communal facilities on site, some of our extra care schemes benefit from an onsite restaurant providing hot meals every lunchtime all year round, and a weekly activities programme. We promote health and wellbeing with onsite services such as chiropodists, hairdressers, hearing and vision specialists. Most of these schemes also have mobility scooter store rooms. 

    We’ll help you to manage for as long as possible, even when you have higher levels of care and support needs, and help is at hand if anything goes wrong. Many people find that that extra care housing makes moving to a residential home unnecessary.

    We have availability now in our brand new Emerald extra care schemes at Bowles Lodge, Hawkhurst and Beeches, Dover.

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How do I apply? 

For all Emerald homes you must join the local authority housing register in the area where you want to live, using the online application form on the Kent Homechoice website and bid on the available homes advertised there. Sheltered and extra care homes may be allocated through either an assessment or panel process.