[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 7, February 2012].
The Personnel Social Service Research Unit (PSSRU) and Housing LIN have published an evaluation of the Department of Health‘s Extra Care Housing Fund.
This review of 19 extra care housing schemes by the PSSRU concludes that extra care housing does improve older people’s health and wellbeing, coupled with greater choice and independence. It summarises their evaluation of 19 schemes funded between 2004 and 2006, with findings on improved outcomes, care efficiencies and cost effectiveness and qualitative factors including older residents’ wellbeing.
Conclusion: Extra care housing offers practical alternatives to residential care, with savings for the NHS and social care services.
Netten, A. Darton, R. Bäumker, T. [et al] (2011). Improving housing with care choices for older people: an evaluation of extra care housing. London: Personnel Social Service Research Unit (PSSRU) [and] Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN), December 2011.
Darton, R. Bäumker, T. Callaghan L. [et al] (2011). Evaluation of the extra care housing initiative: PSSRU technical report. London: Personnel Social Service Research Unit (PSSRU) [and] Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN), December 2011. PSSRU Discussion Paper 2783/2.