Working with smaller housing associations to create dementia friendly organisations

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:

Click here to Download the Report