Dementia and Housing | Social Care Institutute for Excellence
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.
A report by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has concluded that a national strategy for older people’s housing is needed to bring together and improve policy in this area | House of Commons Select Committee
A report on Housing for Older People recommends that the wider availability of housing advice and information should be central to a national strategy. The report calls on the Government to recognise the link between homes and health and also recommends that the National Planning Policy Framework be amended to encourage the development of more housing for older people, and that councils identify a target proportion of new housing to be developed for this purpose.
New homes, the report recommends, should be accessible and adaptable so that they are ‘age proofed’ and can meet the current and future needs of older people.
Published to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Month this report has been produced on behalf of the Dementia and Housing Working Group, and supported by partners Homeless Link, Foundations and the Life Story Network
The report and the accompanying Executive Summary set out the key role housing providers, and in particular social housing providers, can play in supporting people living with dementia to stay independent in the home of their choice for as long as possible. Its findingse are divided into ones directly relevant to those working in the housing sector and those that provide a platform for wider application; for example, to become more dementia-friendly.
Housing organisations urged to unite against dementia | Azheimers UK
The charity Alzheimer’s UK has published the Dementia-friendly housing charter to help housing organisations better understand dementia and how housing, its design and supporting services can help improve and maintain the wellbeing of people affected by the disease.
Research from the leading dementia charity has previously found that 85 per cent of people want to stay living at home for as long as possible when diagnosed with dementia, but that a third of the general public would not know where to find information about how to make their home and living environment suitable.
The charter, developed in partnership with Housing & Care 21, is the latest innovation from Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Communities programme, which aims to ensure people affected by dementia feel understood and included in all aspects of community life.