Knowledge & Innovation Sessions - 12.10 to 13.10

In the before lunch session, delegates were treated to a choice of 11 different sessions. The menu on offer included:

1. Housing for Life - Using Telehealth to radically increase the potential for managing people with long term conditions in supported housing

Jeremy Moyse, SEQOL

This session supported by Tunstall Telecom highlighted the innovative ways that the award winning SEQOL rehabilitation services use telehealth to support self-care for people with Long Term Conditions and Learning Disabilities. The session also included the launch of a new Housing LIN/Skills for Care video case study (opens new window).
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2. Spreading the word - making an impact ond dementia

Denise Brennan & Norman Smales, Guinness Partnership, and Juliet Bligh, IPC, Oxford Brookes University.

This session, supported by Guinness Partnership, looked at getting commitment from the wider organisation to take forward progress on dementia. It looked at how using initiatives like Dementia Friends can really help to engage staff and customers and pave the way for further work. The Guinness Partnership have commissioned research on how housing associations can improve their services for all customers with dementia and this workshop will identify some of the early findings.
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3. Scape Procure as an innovative procurement route

Mark Bugler, Faithful+Gould

This session, supported by Faithful+Gould, showcased the SCAPE Procure Framework which is a comprehensive range of national and regional OJEU compliant procurement options which can release efficiency benefits into your project programming covering new build and refurbishment or maintenance contracts such as extra care housing. SCAPE is a local authority controlled company whose shareholders are Derby City, Derbyshire County, Gateshead City, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Warwickshire County Councils. The company delivers cost and time savings to public sector construction Client's throughout the UK. All SCAPE frameworks follow established OJEU procedures saving you time and money.
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4. A better life programme: valuing our later years

Imogen Blood, Imogen Blood Associates

A Better Life: Valuing our Later Years rounds up Joseph Rowntree Foundation's influential 5-year programme on what can help older people with high support needs to improve their quality of life. In this session, the book's author presented the key challenges for us - as organisations and individuals - to create a positive ageing society.
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5. Doing it for ourselves - the power of peer support for people living with dementia in extra care housing

Sarah Vallelly & Cindy Glover at Housing 21 and Lauren Chakkalackal, Mental Health Foundation

Relationships and engagement in meaningful activities are key to a good later life. This is especially true for older people living with dementia. Drawing on Housing 21's self help partnership with the Mental Health Foundation and a recent Housing LIN case study (opens new window), the session comprised presentations and discussions. Delegates shared ideas and examples of how extra care providers can combat loneliness and isolation for older people with high support needs and explore the potential benefits of having mixed groups involving people with and without a diagnosis of dementia.
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6. The Missing Option? Expanding private/market housing for older people

Charlotte Cook, Winckworth Sherwood, and Jenny Pannell, author of the accompanying new Housing LIN briefings launched at the conference.

This inter-active session, supported by Winckworth Sherwood, explored why there isn't more high quality housing for older people to rent privately. What are the barriers? What sort of private rented housing do older people want? Would more of it encourage "downsizing"? The session included some of the important legal issues and draw on two new Housing LIN briefings on private rented mainstream housing and specialist housing, with copies available. Organisations featured in the papers will share their experience of providing housing for market rent.
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7. Quality design attracts downsizers at Halton Court, Kidbrooke Village

Anne-Marie Nicholson, PRP Architects, and James Berrington, author of the accompanying Housing LIN case study (opens new window).

The HAPPI award winning Halton Court, is a 170 bed senior living scheme set within Kidbrooke Village, London. The session, supported by PRP Architects showcased what makes this new scheme so different. As outlined in the recent Housing LIN case study (opens new window), the scheme is a result of joint working between RB Greenwich, developer Berkeley Homes, Virdian Housing and PRP Architects, this is not extra care, but a 'care ready' housing scheme.
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8. Wellbeing - does extra care approach work?

Dr Carol Holland, Aston University

This session highlighted the findings to date of the collaborative research commissioned by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust from ARCHA. The session raised questions such as: Why did people make the decision to move to ExtraCare's Schemes and Villages? What are the impacts of moving to a supported, active retirement environment on health, function and well-being? What are the health and social care cost implications?
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9. Daylight in extra care housing: enhancing occupants' sight and health

Alan Lewis, University of Manchester

Previous research has demonstrated the benefits of good daylight standards in the homes of people with sight loss, particularly in aiding detailed visual tasks. Daylight also has health benefits, particularly in helping the body to regulate sleep patterns, and in reducing the symptoms of depression. However, supported by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, this session demonstrated that many extra-care housing schemes fail to comply with the minimum recommendations on daylight standards. It also explored how good daylight standards can be achieved within the constraints imposed by factors such as budget and site restrictions.
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10. Innovations in extra care - tenure options, financial choices and services

presented by Jane Barker, Methodist Homes Association and Simon Greenstreet, Castleoak

Providing greater choice and independence, there is now a wide, and growing, range of extra care schemes in the UK.
In this presentation the speakers looked at innovation in the provision of assisted living. MHA shared its experience of how it approaches new development and introduces new service models that enable it to offer residents a wide range of choices.
MHA, and its development partner Castleoak, explained how attractive tenure, financial and service options can be offered to effectively and comfortably accommodate residents across the care spectrum including those with dementia.
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11. Providing adult social care in housing with care settings

Dr Simon Evans, University of Worcester, and Robin Darton, University of Kent

ASSET is a 2 year research project exploring the commissioning and delivery of adult social care in extra care housing and retirement villages, funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The session presented emerging findings from the project and drew on the expertise of conference delegates to discuss and revise a set of draft recommendations that have been developed as one of the main outcomes.
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