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Dementia: Our Housing Challenge

Dementia Innovation Challenge

Amy Swan

24 April 2013


Where is housing
Where is housing?

  • Housing associations are the primary providers of housing based care and support for vulnerable adults.

  • Around 50% of housing associations provide care and support services.


Poor housing equals poor health.

The NHS currently spends £600 million each year treating people due to severe hazards in poor housing, mainly from falls-related injuries.


The design of someone’s home makes all the difference.

For people with dementia, early provision of support that uses the home as a delivery channel for services can a decrease institutionalisation by 22%.


Housing with care and support helps people retain their independence.

£1.7bn of capital investment in specialist housing delivered an annual net benefit to the exchequer of £639m.


Dementia our housing challenge
Dementia: Our Housing Challenge independence.

  • People with dementia occupy 40% of hospital beds.

  • Only 21% of people with dementia have their dementia diagnosed before hospital admission.

  • 60% of people with dementia enter hospital from their own home, but just 36% return home after discharge.


Preventing health emergencies and hospital admission
Preventing health emergencies independence. and hospital admission

Care and Repair Leeds –

  • Minor adaptations and hospital discharge

  • Reminiscence library

  • ‘Dementia proofing’ and retrofitting

  • ‘If only I had known…’ – information and advice on housing options to older people with dementia in hospital


Delaying a move to residential care
Delaying a move to residential independence. care

  • Irwell Valley Housing Association – Shore Green

  • Dementia-friendly design

  • Design minimises confusion

  • Promotes a culture of dignity and independence


Facilitating early diagnosis and early intervention
Facilitating early diagnosis and independence. early intervention

  • Riverside Housing Association

  • LiveTime service, health checks for tenants and older people in the community.

  • Dementia awareness training of staff

  • Diagnosis and support packages


Working with housing organisations
Working with housing independence. organisations

  • Understand the routes people take through local services

  • Build on the expertise and infrastructure in the housing sector

  • Put housing into care pathways


Contact details
Contact details independence.

Dementia: Our Housing Challenge

Amy Swan

[email protected]

020 7067 1090


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