Assisted living in the heart of Chester-le-Street

The Elms

“the elms” has been designed on the principle of assisted living to help promote independence. Where possible the scheme will offer a home for life’ through the provision of self-contained bungalows and apartments with access to on-site care and support, enabling residents to live independently in the community, thereby promoting health and wellbeing with a strong connection to the wider, external environment. 

The scheme is ideally situated close to local amenities including shops, bus stops, GP surgeries and places of worship.

Supported flexible living

The scheme will provide 52 high quality one and two bedroomed apartments and 6 two bedroom bungalows for affordable rent and sale on a shared ownership/outright sale basis to people aged 55 and over with housing need or in need of care and support services.

All of the properties include a fully fitted kitchen with a built in cooker and hob and have been designed to be wheelchair accessible, each with its own level access shower.

The day to day management of the elms will be the responsibility of the Scheme Manager who will provide a professional high quality management service and work with a range
of agencies to ensure residents receive the appropriate level of care and support.

Facilities at the elms

  • Residents lounge
  • Café
  • IT suite
  • Hairdressing salon/Treatment room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Guest rooms
  • Assisted bathroom
  • Motorised wheelchair and scooter store -charging points
  • Cycle store
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Security access
  • Allotments
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Car parking

Thinking of a move?

The elms offers a way of living independently within self-contained accommodation with access to social, health and wellbeing opportunities provided through on-site facilities.

These include a café, hair salon, treatment room, assisted bathing, guest rooms, laundry, motorised scooter store, IT suite, allotments and on-site parking to promote an independent and sociable life.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be aged 55 or over and may require assistance with daily living tasks and/or their personal care.

  • An applicant’s eligibility for the elms will be established through an assessment of their housing, care and support needs.

  • Priority will be given to applicants living within the Chester-le-Street area, or with a strong local area connection.

Built to standard

To ensure the homes meet the changing needs of residents, all units within the scheme will be built to comply with a number of design standards, including the Habinteg Wheelchair Design Guide, Lifetime Homes and Design Quality Standards, and are expected to achieve BREEAM Very Good rating for its low carbon design.


Questions and answers

I am managing on my own, but my health is not good. Would this scheme work for me?
Yes, the scheme will have a mix of able and less able residents. You must meet the eligibility criteria, and we will arrange for a member of our team to contact you and discuss your housing, care and support needs.

I already live in sheltered housing – how is this scheme different?
The main difference between sheltered housing and assisted living is that care, and support staff are on the premises every day. There are also social activities and other services arranged by the Scheme Manager.

My husband is very unwell and we get a lot of help from our family and friends. Do we both have to meet the eligibility criteria?
No. As long as one of you meet the criteria you can move in together and your family and friends can continue to help as before if they want to, with the added support of the care staff.

My doctor has said I should go into a home. What are the advantages of assisted living over a care home?
You will have your own bungalow or apartment, control over your finances, and privacy and choice about how much you mix with the other residents. The care staff will support you in looking after yourself for as long as possible, and you can keep up your usual routines and activities in the local area.

Bungalows available for shared ownership

Two fully wheelchair adapted, two-bedroom detached bungalows designed for independence. Market value £175,000, 75% share £131,250.

the elms bungalows offer independent living with the comfort of 24 hour access to care and support. The bungalows are Wheelchair Design Guide compliant and have covered car ports adjacent to the main entrance to facilitate access from the car into the property.

  • Spacious bedrooms
  • Open plan lounge/diner/kitchen
  • Fully fitted modern kitchen with rise and fall sink and hob
  • Accessible en-suite shower room
  • Level access shower
  • Standard or low surface temperature radiators throughout
  • Private garden area with patio
  • Accessible sockets and light switches
  • Storage space
  • Covered car port
Specialist housing development designed for people aged 55 and over