'Feeling at home' - A Foundations & Sitra seminar on dementia and housing

Kindly hosted by the Royal British Legion, ‘Feeling at Home’ was an opportunity for housing practitioners to get to grips with the key issues and move towards more collaborative, holistic and practical solutions. 

The day gave housing practitioners in Home Improvement Agencies, local authorities and housing associations an opportunity to explore some of the key issues related to dementia and housing, and to network with other professionals.
 

Presentations

The morning session reflected the experiences of people living with dementia and what home means to them. It also outlined the policy landscape, including some of the current funding challenges in an environment where resources are continually under pressure. 

'Beyond the front door' - The meaning of home for people with dementia and carers: Ruth Eley, Life Story Network and Eileen Gilbert, carer

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Foundations - policy context
: Francis Philippa, Strategy Lead

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Supported housing future funding – an overview: Paula Reid, Policy Manager, Sitra

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The day continued with the presentation of some inspiring good practice case studies from across the housing sector. 

Abbeyfield case study: April Dobson, Head of Dementia Innovation, The Abbeyfield Society

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Guinness case study: Wendy Wells, Housing and Dementia Project Lead, The Guinness Partnership

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The final session offered a preview of The Dementia and Housing Charter, which will be officially launched on 24th March, as well as an overview of the fantastic work of the Admiral Nurses.


Dementia Friendly Housing Charter
: Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes, Housing & Care 21; Sara Miles, Alzheimer's Society

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Royal British Legion: Joining up services to help maintain independence. Paula Smith, National Lead for the Admiral Nurse Service

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