[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, and people with dementia and their carers usually wish to continue living their homes for as long as possible. The Alzheimer’s Society‘s Home Truths report demonstrates that more can be done to connect housing with health and social care services.
This document builds on the Alzheimer’s Society‘s Support. Stay. Save report, which suggested that more should be done to link housing with health and social care services.
Many people with dementia and carers want to be supported in their own homes. Others prefer housing with care, where care is available on site. Housing with care can bridge the gap between home and care homes for some people with dementia
This document discovers mixed experiences of access to information and advice on housing and housing options, and widespread support for funding and support to make home adaptations. More homes should be designed and built suitable for people with dementia. Four recommendations include:
- Local authorities, homebuilders and the Government should recognise that appropriate housing services and support can contribute to effective support of people with dementia in the community.
- A choice in housing options and tenures should be available to people with dementia, including mainstream and specialist housing.
- People with dementia, their families and carers should have access to information and advice on housing options, access to “handyperson” services for practical assistance and access to sources of funding for making adaptations and alterations.
- People with dementia should have better access to homes designed to meet their needs.
Alzheimer’s Society (2012). Home truths: housing services and support for people with dementia. London: Alzheimer’s Society, June 2012.