ExtraCare Project

A Research project between ARCHA and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust


The ExtraCare Charitable Trust was established in 1988. The Charity supports over 3,700 older people in 17 housing schemes and 12 villages across the Midlands and the North of England. The Trust aims to enable older people the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, active and independent lifestyle in a community setting.

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A Typical ExtraCare Site

Overall Objective

Does the ExtraCare approach give positive outcomes for healthy ageing which result in measurable care cost savings?

Summary of study

Investment in the maintenance of wellbeing and independence has never been so critical, but in these financially straitened times, there are real concerns that prevention measures will come to be seen as a low priority. It is, therefore, vital to be able to demonstrate their cost effectiveness. 



In a three year longitudinal study, a cohort of volunteer new residents will be assessed prior to moving into their new ExtraCare accommodation in 8 locations (5 small schemes and 3 villages), and then assessed on the same measures at 6, 12 and 18 months after entry. A comparable group of volunteers matched for age and gender from ARCHA’s volunteer panel will also be assessed on the same measures by Aston staff at the same intervals. These will be a mixture of independent dwelling and standard sheltered accommodation residents, matched as far as possible to the regional areas in which the selected ExtraCare communities are based, to control for regional differences. 

The main focus of the study will be to measure health, illness, well-being, activity and personal perceptions. We will use statistical modelling to identify the most important factors in predicting outcome measures of cost (e.g. in amount or change in care costs) and positive or negative change in well-being. Through qualitative research, we will also seek to gain detailed insight into the complex interactions between physical health, psychological health and physical and social environment. In particular, we will examine the precise ways in which the ExtraCare’s approach to identifying needs and delivering inputs and interventions compares with control group settings.

Please contact Dr Jill Collins (j.collins3@aston.ac.uk) for more information.

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