Dementia and housing

Dementia and Housing | Social Care Institutute for Excellence

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The quality of life for someone living with dementia is affected by where and how they live. The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (2015) states that, by 2020 we wish to see an increased number of people with dementia being able to live longer in their own homes when it is in their interests to do so, with a greater focus on independent living.

Two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community in a range of different housing types. Most live in mainstream housing, with a third living on their own.

The British Standards Institute and the Alzheimer’s Society have developed a Code of Practice for the housing sector. It identifies key areas that will help to support people living with dementia. They include:

  • adaptations, built environment, design and access to outdoor space
  • assistive technologies, including telecare
  • training of all staff in the housing sector

Sometimes, simple changes made to an existing property can support the wellbeing and independence of someone with dementia, allowing them to remain in their home for longer, as well as reducing pressures on carers.

This resource from the Social Care Institutute for Excellence (SCIE) contains information and links on the subject of housing.

Full detail: Dementia and Housing | SCIE

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