All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People

APPG Housing and Care for Older People

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People organises an Inquiry every two years. These have often taken forward the work begun by the Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI); the last two inquiries have covered Rural Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 4) and Rental Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 5) - All the recent APPG Inquiry reports can be found at: www.housinglin.org.uk/HAPPI

APPG Inquiry: Housing for those living with Dementia

There are currently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. Two thirds of these are not living in residential care but in their own accommodation, and our study will consider the policies and practices that can enhance independence and quality of life. 

For 2020, the Officers of the APPG have decided to establish an Inquiry on “Housing for those living with Dementia”.

Launched on 13 May 2020, there will be four Inquiry sessions over the course of this year. Expert ‘witnesses’ will present at each session. These will cover dementia-friendly design/development of new homes, changes and adaptations to existing properties, ongoing input of care and support, including consideration of innovations in technological support. We intend to produce a report in March 2021 which:

  • makes recommendations to central and local government and other key players
  • provides guidance and stimulates interest for housing providers with an interest in older people

More details

Terms of Reference

The Inquiry will explore housing with dementia from the premise that key elements will help individuals with dementia to live as well as they can in a range of housing types, including housing with care schemes. They will also seek evidence to ensure housing policy reflects the needs of the rapidly rising number of people affected by dementia*. 

As set out in the APPG’s terms of reference, the Inquiry will be seeking evidence on:

  • the links between housing, health and social care to improve the journey of people affected by dementia;
  • the design of new homes;
  • ways to increase supply of specialist dementia-friendly properties;
  • changes and adaptations to existing properties to enable people to live well with dementia at home; and
  • the role of innovative technology to improve the delivery of better care and support.

*The term ‘people affected by dementia’ has been adopted to include both individuals living with dementia and their partners, carers or other family members that live with them.

Inquiry membership

A number of parliamentarians have agreed to participate in the Inquiry:

  • Peter Aldous MP (co-Chair)
  • Baroness Andrews
  • Baroness Barker
  • Lord Best (co-Chair)
  • Ruth Cadbury MP
  • Damian Green MP
  • Lord Stoneham

The APPG will also be supported by a panel of specialists:

  • Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive, Anchor Hanover
  • Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
  • Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing 21
  • Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive , Local Government Association
  • Damian Utton, Architect, Pozzoni architecture

Inquiry secretariat

Jeremy Porteus, CEO of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), will act as Secretary and Co-ordinator for the Inquiry. 

Funding

The Inquiry has been generously funded by Anchor Hanover (opens new window)

Timetable

Because of the pandemic, meetings will be organised on a virtual basis at the outset, with sessions on the Parliamentary estate once facilities are reopened.

The intention is to conclude this study before the end of 2020, with a launch of the Report in March 2021.

Contact

For enquiries relating to this inquiry, contact: dementia@housinglin.org.uk

Press Release

For enquiries relating to the press release, contact Anchor Hanover’s Communications Team:

Making a submission

The APPG is also seeking written submissions to inform its report, which will make recommendations to central and local government and provide guidance for housing providers. These are being collated by the Housing LIN, Secretariat to this APPG inquiry.

Written submissions should provide evidence sought in the Terms of Reference:

  • links between housing, health and social care to improve the journey of people affected by dementia*;
  • design of new homes and how to increase supply of specialist dementia-friendly properties;
  • changes and adaptations to existing properties to enable people to live well with dementia at home; and
  • the role of innovative technology to improve the delivery of better care and support.

The Inquiry welcomes submissions by Tuesday, 30 June 2020. These should be emailed headed ‘APPG Inquiry’ to: dementia@housinglin.org.uk

Feel free to us this submission template.

* The term ‘people affected by dementia’ has been adopted to include both individuals living with dementia and their partners, carers or other family members that live with them.