Bridging the Health and Housing Gap

Increasingly, people working in both the housing and health sectors are looking for ways to bridge the gap between their respective organisations and offer better solutions for those in need of care and support.

As this film shows, the Extra Care Housing model in particular has great potential to reduce the pressure on hospitals by offering temporary, supported accommodation that encourages independence and recovery, while also offering patients an experience of an alternative living environment.

We hear from representatives of both sectors on their strategies for better, integrated working across professional boundaries, and the importance of recognising the individual's wants as well as their needs. And finally, a resident at the Homebridge unit at Farrow Court in Ashford talks about how the service has helped him back on the road to independence.

Directed and produced by Chris Powell for the Housing LIN, this series was made possible by the generous support of these organisations:

Thanks also to Dr. Robert Stewart of the Design & Learning Centre for Clinical & Social Innovation in Kent, Sharon Williams of Ashford Borough Council, David Worrall of Lambeth Borough Council, Orbit Group and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their help in making this film.

Previous films in the 'Spotlight on Extra Care Housing' video series include: