Dementia in Extra Care Housing research findings launched

DemECH booklets COVERS

The Supporting People Living with Dementia in Extra Care Housing (DemECH) project (opens new window) was an 18-month study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and led by the University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies which uses a mixed methods approach to explore how Extra Care Housing can help people to live well with dementia.

The Housing LIN was delighted to be a partner on the project, investigating the advantages and disadvantages of three different extra care housing models:

  • separate area or unit for people living with dementia
  • an integrated approach by supporting people living with dementia alongside residents without dementia; and
  • schemes that are exclusive for people living with dementia.

The DemECH study findings were launched at reception at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 7 March 2023, hosted by Lord Best - Chair of the APPG Inquiry into Housing for people with dementia: Are we ready? (opens new window) - and saw the release of 3 Key Insight Booklets to guide future Extra Care Housing development alongside video and audio diaries sharing direct experience of people living with dementia and their experience of Extra Care Housing.

The 3 new DemECH Insight booklets are targeted at commissioners, health and social care practitioners, older people, people living with dementia, and their families and can be accessed via the links below.