Listening to residents in extra care housing: findings from the ECHO research project

This is the first of two videos on the collaborative venture between the Housing LIN and researchers from the universities of Bristol, Worcester and Kent called The Echo Project.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research (SSCR), the project was a two-year study started in October 2015 with the main aim of exploring how care is negotiated and provided in extra care housing schemes for older people.

The basis for the first film was to document the key objective of the ECHO project, to gain residents' first-hand perspective on living within their extra care scheme.

In turn, the film is able to outline some of the key findings taken from visiting these same residents over a two year period. This made it possible to find out how their care needs and experience of extra care changed over time, highlighting the importance of conversing frequently face-to-face.