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Welcome to #Jeremytalks and our must-read weekly bulletin, HLINks, week-ending Friday, 19 November 2021.

This week saw a triple bill of reports come out that are highly relevant to Housing LIN members.

The first by the Housing LIN Consultancy and research undertaken for the Almshouse Association that shows the significant financial benefits of almshouses within local economies. This was formally launched yesterday at the APPG on Almshouses meeting, and you can now read the report.  

We were also proud to sit on the Dunhill Medical Trust funded SCIE Commission on the Future of Housing and Care. It published its report this week making a number of key recommendations for Government, including creating a national long-term vision and strategy for housing with care and for older people. I was pleased to be invited to say a few words at the launch on Monday.

And ARCO, the trade body for retirement community operators, released their report Putting the care in housing with care. The report explains why and how Integrated Retirement Communities can provide care more effectively and efficiently.

The value of good quality housing with care for older people was further outlined in a new Housing LIN Inspirational Achievement published this week featuring the new EMH extra care development, Springfields, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. This also coincides with EMH's 75th anniversary!  

You can also join EMH's Chris Jones at next month's Housing LIN's virtual Summit - A Festival of Ideas - to find out more. He will be presenting in a session on Reimagining retirement living - a new look at older people’s housing? on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 from 10am.

Other news, views and resources that caught my interest this week include:

Lastly, it was #LongevityWeek this week and I was privileged to chair a Panel Session at UKRI's Healthy Ageing 2021 virtual conference on Monday. I was joined by the University of Stirling's Dr Vikki McCall; Connected Places Catapult Director, Erin Walsh; The Chair of The Good Home Inquiry, David Orr; and the CEO of the London Rebuilding Society, Naomi Kingsley, in the session, Transforming Homes - Adaptable Spaces for Healthy Places.

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If you would like to talk to us about any matters highlighted in this week’s issue, share learning about your work and/or discuss how you can engage our highly regarded consultancy services to support you, email  ‘Jeremy talks’ at: info@housinglin.org.uk

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Assessment of the evidence of financial benefits provided by Almshouses

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Commissioned by The Almshouse Association, this report sets out the evidence of the financial benefits provided by almshouses using evidence from existing data and from primary research with almshouses. The assessment of this evidence indicates that almshouses provide a range of financial benefits to the health and social care economy as well as wider financial benefits.

This report is intended to assess the evidence of the financial benefits provided by almshouses primarily for an audience of local authorities, the NHS, Government, policy makers and other stakeholders with an interest in housing and accommodation for older people.

New Inspirational Achievement - Creating a feeling: Springfields leaps forward in extra care

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Recently opened, this extra care housing scheme with emh offers 65 affordable state-of-the-art homes and support for later life in Ashby-de-La-Zouch (Ashby), the popular Leicestershire spa and market town in the heart of the National Forest.

Find out how this development meets the urgent need for high-quality, modern homes with support, and explore its positive impact on place and people, as it maximises wellbeing and independence, community engagement, environmental gains and local social impact.

Join us this HAPPI Awareness Week from Monday 6, December 2021 – Friday 10, December 2021

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This year's Summit is also the 10th anniversary of the first ever Housing LIN annual conference and coincides with HAPPI Awareness Week, celebrating the benefits of designing care-ready accommodation and age-friendly housing services. 

With many HAPPI-inspired winning entries in this year's Housing Design Awards, we want to further raise awareness over the 5 days and celebrate the benefits of HAPPI with you. Find out how you can get involved!


And, in case you missed it, we have made the exciting decision to change our Twitter handle from @HousingLINews to @HLINComms to better reflect the scope of information we share.


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Check out current and relevant sector guidance on the pandemic on our Coronavirus Info Hub.

You can also find out more about the recent launch of the St Monica Trust/Housing LIN RE-COV Study, on COVID-19 and its impact on the retirement village and extra care housing sector.

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A place we can call home: A vision and a roadmap for providing more options for housing with care and support for older people

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A new report, published by the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support, concludes that an overhaul is needed on how housing with care and support is planned, commissioned, designed and delivered. 

The report includes a number of recommendations for national government, for local authorities and local partners, and for developers and providers.

It paints a picture of what the route to achieving more choice, more consistently provides could look like.

Putting the ‘care’ in Housing-with-Care

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This report, published by ARCO, has been produced to analyse the quality, efficiency and benefits of social care provided by Integrated Retirement Community operators in the UK, and reveals why Integrated Retirement Communities are key to avoiding care system collapse and tackling care worker crisis. ARCO says its report highlights the urgent need to expand the provision of Integrated Retirement Communities in the UK.

ARCO is also calling on the Government to act quickly to set up the cross-department task force on housing-with-care that it says it is considering, and to include measures to expand housing-with-care in the forthcoming social care White Paper.

Making Homes Fit for Ageing and Caring: The consequences of COVID-19 for the housing, health and wellbeing of older people in England

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This report, published by Care & Repair, reviews the consequences of COVID-19 and associated ‘lockdowns’ for older people in England with particular reference to their housing, health and well-being, and considers the post-pandemic housing policy implications.

The report concludes that the pandemic has impacted on everyone’s lives, but the effects on older people, who have suffered the vast majority of resulting COVID-19 deaths, have for many been catastrophic. These effects will ripple through the ageing population for years to come, and in ways not yet clear or quantifiable.

What else caught our interest?

Design, Construction, Planning and Technology

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Health and Social Care, Mental Health and Learning Disability

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Housing and Dementia

APPG on Housing and Care for Older People Inquiry Report

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Did you miss this recent APPG Inquiry report?

Watch and listen again to the launch of the new report on housing and dementia here and be inspired by Wendy Mitchell as she shares her personal story about living with dementia.

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And did you miss our HAPPI Hour sessions on housing and dementia last month? The recording and presentations are now available.

What else caught our interest?

  • DemECH survey extended until 22 November. The Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester are current undertaking a project to find out how best to support people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing.


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Sign up to attend this year's Housing LIN Summit 2021 - A Festival of Ideas

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In next week's hlinks

Following ARCO's recent announcement on redefining extra care housing and Integrated Retirement Communities, we look forward to publishing a guest blog by their Executive Director, Michael Voges, explaining the background research that informed their decision.

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