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Welcome to #Jeremytalks and our must-read weekly bulletin, HLINks, week-ending Friday, 26 November 2021.

With one week to go, we are gearing up to the Housing LIN's 2021 virtual Summit - A Festival of Ideas. The week-long programme of webinars begins on Monday, 6 December and we have 11 great sessions over 5 days to grab your interest.

The Summit is extremely timely as we are expecting the Department of Health and Social Care's Adult Social Care White Paper to be published imminently. It is expected that it will make reference to the importance of good quality new housing, the adaptation of existing homes and the greater use of technology to support personalised care at home. We are hoping it will also set out a wider strategic vision backed by related funding proposals to support sector transformation.

We look forward to highlighting the sector's response to the White Paper during Summit week. In the meantime, sign up to a wide-ranging selection of sessions

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

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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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Housing LIN Summit 2021 – A Festival of Ideas! Mon, 6 Dec – Fri, 10 Dec

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With 1 week to go before this year’s Housing LIN Virtual Summit, we have been sharing more information on the great line-up of influential figures who will be showcasing the latest in thought-leadership, highlighting product and service innovations, as well as bringing you cutting-edge research and practice development for the UK’s housing with care sector.

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!


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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.

Housing, Community, Disability, and Ageing

Home adaptations supporting everyday life for people with dementia: Evidence review

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Evidence from ‘Exploring the contribution of housing adaptations in supporting everyday life for people with dementia: a scoping review’ found that the most common adaptations were recommended and/or implemented to compensate for a person's physical limitations and for safety reasons, rather than adaptations to support activities of daily living for a person with dementia.

The evidence review indicates that housing adaptations have a positive impact on both the person with dementia and the carer (where one is present), with some adaptations having a relatively sustained impact and being particularly effective if implemented early in the lived trajectory of dementia.

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Design, Construction, Planning and Technology

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Health and Social Care, Mental Health and Learning Disability

Looking for support with winter pressures this year? Worried about bed blocking?

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Look Ahead have made this film which features their hospital discharge service with Camden & Islington NHS Trust.

It showcases the following results including:

  • Bed days reduced from 50 to 42
  • 30 day readmissions have reduced to a low of 3% (stabilising at 6%)

Watch this short & inspiring film to hear from the people involved with the project.

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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? The recording and presentations are now available.

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The Association For Dementia Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies are currently undertaking a project to find out how best to support people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing. The research is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Each survey is available to complete online using the links below. Surveys can be completed using a computer, laptop, tablet (e.g. iPad) or smartphone. Surveys are anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

  • Survey link for commissioners of adult social care
  • Survey link for family carers of a person living with dementia in Extra Care Housing
  • Survey link for people living with dementia who may or may not live in Extra Care Housing

 The deadline for completing the surveys is Monday 13th December 2021.

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For Welsh government guidance on COVID-19, visit: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

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For Scottish government guidance on COVID-19, go to https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

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

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And you may be interested in these other events supported by the Housing LIN

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.

And while we wait for the publication of the Government's Adult Social Care White Paper, we’re delighted to share our newest Inspirational Achievement, Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association award-winning Food Angels project.

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The Housing LIN would like to thank Willmott Dixon for their support in producing this newsletter.