Welcome to the latest edition of HLINks, the Housing LIN’s weekly news bulletin. This week we feature two new blogs. In the first Joe McLoughlin writes about a co-design workshop for assistive technologies; and in the second Dr Caity Roleston looks at a project offering bereavement support to older people.
We also have all the new resources and news and features about the specialist housing sector.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This week, on 3rd December, was the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Housing LIN is committed to supporting people with disabilities, and to ensuring that everyone can have accessible housing which meets their needs. We are pleased to be a founder member of Housing Made for Everyone, a consortium of organisations which is calling for accessible housing to be a right for everyone.
Housing LIN Blogs
Co-design workshop identifies new technologies to support greater independence for older residents
In this Housing LIN guest blog Joe McLoughlin, Director of Astraline and Innovation at Johnnie Johnson Housing, writes about a co-design workshop recently held by Johnnie Johnson Housing with the aim of identifying new assistive technologies which could help their older residents.
Residents were invited to take part in the workshop which featured assistive technologies to enable independent living and to aid those with dementia.
Talking about “the dark stuff”: opening up about bereavement in extra care housing
The Bereavement Supporter Project is a public health project being piloted by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust. It studies the ways in which older people can be supported when bereaved, and how that support can be delivered in an extra care setting.
In this blog Dr Caity Roleston call this project “a valuable initiative that has elicited meaningful change for individuals".
Call for Examples of Practice
Housing with Care and End of Life Care – Call for examples of practice
We are looking for examples of person-centred care or service design in end of life care in a housing with care/extra care setting.
This can be anything from holistic built environment features to formal and informal partnership arrangements with statutory and non-statutory services; and supporting families and carers or creating wellbeing programmes to enabling residents to write a will to bereavement support for other residents.
Housing, Community, Disability, and Ageing
- Office for National Statistics: Disability and housing datasets, UK: 2019
- 24 Housing: Lack of political focus on elderly housing could ‘cost UK billions’
- Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research: Co-living for older people – reduced loneliness and lower living costs
- Community Led Homes: Home Aloners - The true cost of living alone in Britain today
- International Longevity Centre: Maximising the longevity dividend
Design, Planning, and Technology
- Habinteg: "The future has to be accessible, there is no other option."
- BBC Click: Blades of Glory (BBC TV programme looking at the latest developments in accessibility technology for people with disabilities).
- Barclays: “I wanted my bathroom to feel like a home and not feel ‘medical’.” (Video from Barclays and Motionspot about home adpations).
- 24 Housing: CEO calls for accessible housing ‘conversation change’
Health and Social Care
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: CIEH excess cold enforcement guidance
- Care Home Professional: New government must help care providers invest in tech, sector leaders urge
- Social Care Futures: Anna Severwright sets out ideas for a Social Care Future (YouTube video)
- Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research: Steering Group Members Needed for Immediate Start
- Wales Online: Find out how rich or poor your area is compared to the rest of Wales
Housing LIN Events
We have now concluded our 2019 regional showcase events. However, we are now making preparations for our annual conference in March 2020, and also planning our 2020/2021 regional programme. Details to follow in the New Year.
Next week we look have two new guest blogs. The first, by Stephen Thorpe from United for All Ages, argues that Britain needs to be united across all ages at this time. The second is a joint effort by Jan Chadwick (K1 Cohousing) and Meredith Bowles (Mole Architects) on the alternative Stirling Prize winner, Marmalade Lane, Cambridge.
If you missed this: our Extra Care Housing Survey has been extended to the end of the year.
The Housing LIN would like to thank Willmott Dixon for their support in producing this newsletter.