Pilot to help make homes dementia friendly

People living with dementia and their families can now access funding to help them live at home for longer.

The charity, Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT), will allocate a £10,000 donation by residential developer Taylor Wimpey to four Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) – Age UK Isle of White, Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency, Preston Care & Repair and WE Care & Repair. Each HIA will receive a £2,500 grant and the money can be used for improvements such as bathroom and shower adaptations.

Sara McKee, Chair of FILT said: “We know that people with dementia want to stay living at home but sometimes their house isn’t safe or dementia friendly. As a result, they can enter residential care prematurely which has a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing.

“The funding from Taylor Wimpey will help HIAs provide an environment that is dementia friendly and contributes to a good quality of life, the ultimate goal of all our work.

“This is the first time we’ve funded home improvements specifically targeted at supporting people with dementia and we’ll use it as a pilot to gauge the impact of the work undertaken.”

More than 670,000 people in England live with dementia and the numbers are set to double over the next 30 years, according to the Department of Health. For those living at home, house improvements play a vital role in helping to reduce an individual’s anxiety as well as the risk of injury like falls or burns.

Last year FILT has launched the ‘Begins at Home’ campaign to highlight the huge impact that small house improvements can have on the lives of older and vulnerable people.