Our work with dementia
In 2017, we launched ourselves as a dementia-friendly organisation. We had a plan to embed consideration of dementia across the organisation.
We created a short video to illustrate how our people, places and processes can all play a part in becoming dementia-friendly.
In December 2020 we refreshed our action plan to strive to do more with more resources being made available to staff and residents. You can find the action plan here.
Results from an internal survey showed that around 11 percent of residents in our Retirement Living properties and 24 percent in Extra Care have either a diagnosis of dementia or a suspected cognitive impairment.
For us, working towards becoming dementia-friendly means:
- Sharing knowledge to improve the lives of people affected by dementia
- Educating and informing staff to help them understand and respond appropriately to people with dementia
- Embedding good practice around dementia on a day to day basis
We recently hosted a virtual event 'Housing: Rising to the Dementia Challenge' that brought together a range of speakers who provided various resources and take-aways which demonstrate that becoming dementia-friendly need not be expensive or a huge project and that small differences in a service can really make a difference to help people live well with dementia. You can view the presentations that took place on the day here.
Our dementia fact sheets provide practical advice and tips for staff, residents, families and other professionals. Feel free to download, print and read each one. You may find advice that helps support someone you know with dementia.
Dementia resources for COVID-19
Find various helplines, resources and advice that can be offered to residents or their families on coping with dementia during the quarantine.
Walking with purpose report
Read our commissioned and funded study by the University of Worcester, "Walking with purpose in Extra Care, Retirement and Domestic Housing".
Our work around dementia
Housing 21 chairs the Housing and Dementia Working Group, which brings together a range of people from Housing Associations, the NHS, Government Departments and a range of other organisations.
Dementia-friendly housing guide
Housing 21 worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to co-author the Dementia-friendly housing guide which was a key deliverable of the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020.
Housing 21 has developed these dementia-friendly design principles to support our design led makeovers within our property portfolio. Through subtle choices we can meet the needs of residents with dementia, sight impairment and physical difficulties.