We saw the outcomes of the first project as the beginning, not the end of the story and, in conjunction with Orbit Group, we undertook a follow-up aimed to provide support to smaller and non-specialist housing associations to help them develop effective services for older tenants, particularly those suffering from dementia, to have a better quality of life living in their own home.
Supported by the National Housing Federation and Chartered Institute of Housing, the project aimed to:
- Raise awareness surrounding dementia within housing providers and the community
- Improve access to services for older people living with dementia and their families
- Identify gaps to inform strategic planning at local level
- Provide guidance and advice to meet the challenges posed by dementia
- Focus on meeting the challenge of changing in order to offer a home for life to vulnerable older people wherever possible
- Provide a national resource/tool kit to meet needs of vulnerable older people living with dementia.
We completed the research in December 2013 and published the report and guide to developing and implementing a dementia strategy in February 2014 to coincide with the annual conference of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.
The report, which is available for download here, consists of:
- Summary of the project and key findings
- Results of the baseline survey and what people said
- Notes on the learning day and check list
- A quick guide to developing a dementia strategy
- How Orbit Heart of England is developing its approach and services
- Services from the Alzheimer’s Society
To read the full report, click on the image: