Housing & Care 21 work with a number of organisations to ensure that we meet our commitment to provide an optimal experience for people living with dementia.
We are a supporter of the Dementia Friends initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the condition and how to support people living with it.
In 2014 the we set a target to establish 2,014 new Dementia Friends, and we surpassed that with a total of 2,400! We continue to support the scheme by encouraging members of staff and residents in our schemes to take part, and spread the word to friends and family.
Mental Health Foundation
We worked with the Mental Health Foundation on a project involving 3 peer support groups for people in the early stages of dementia living in Extra Care Housing. The Dementia self help report looks at how the support groups helped these individuals to live independently and contributed to their well-being. The project is now being extended thanks to Big Lottery funding.
National Housing Federation
We are part of the National Housing Federation’s Dementia and Housing Working Group (DHWG), which was set up to improve the integration of housing in health and social care policy around dementia, raise the profile of housing among dementia stakeholders and promote good practice and innovation.
The group has identified 4 key areas to focus on:
understanding the contribution of housing organisations to dementia friendly communities
supporting the skills of people who work in housing to help people living with dementia
working with partners to research housing’s contribution to helping people live well with dementia
supporting housing organisations to understand and respond to changes to Deprivation of Liberty rules
Housing and Dementia Research Consortium
We are an active member of the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, which is carrying out research on a number of themes, including:
the advantages and disadvantages of different models of housing with care schemes for people living with dementia
the impact of interaction with the wider community
the use of assistive technology
communicating with people at various stages of dementia to assess quality of life
Dementia Action Alliance
We are a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, which encourages and supports communities and organisations to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention.