The group brings together a wide range of stakeholders to focus specifically on housing and dementia, promoting the role of the housing sector in enabling people with dementia to live independently, in a suitable home environment, in accordance with their needs and aspirations.
Approximately 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and the number is set to rise significantly in the coming years. Meeting the challenge of enabling all people living with dementia to live as well as possible is a priority nationally, and organisations across all sectors need to play their part.
Organisations must work collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and support their families and carers.
The Dementia and Housing Working Group aims to:
- Forge links and partnerships across health, social care and housing and encourage positive relationships, to develop a coordinated approach to supporting people with dementia.
- Increase awareness and understanding of dementia across the housing sector.
- Improve awareness and understanding amongst statutory and voluntary sector health and social care professionals of the relevance and importance of housing and related services in enabling people with dementia, their families and communities to live well.
- Encourage and assist the housing sector to become as dementia friendly as possible in the way they operate, and to contribute to making the communities within which they work dementia friendly.
- Encourage integrated care and support pathways that include housing options, housing sector staff and housing-related services for people with dementia through all stages from prevention to end-of-life care.
Who are the members?
Alongside Guinness, the working group comprises professionals and trade bodies working with the Alzheimer's Society, academic researchers, representatives of Government departments and the health sector, including Department of Communities and Local Government, Homes and Communities Agency, Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and UK Health Security Agency. The group works across the UK, with particular focus on England.
Wendy Wells, Head of Policy and Business Implementation at Guinness Care is a member, representing Guinness. Find out more here.
More information on our work to be dementia-friendly:
- Visit our dementia support page to read our pledge to be dementia-friendly.
- Our 2020/21 Annual Report highlights our recent achievements.
- Our 2015 report shows why becoming a dementia-friendly organisation matters to us, and where our journey began.
- Our 2018 Independent Evaluation of The Guinness Partnership’s Dementia Project illustrates the evolution of our pledges and marks the point where we started our evaluation of the housing and dementia project.
- Dementia and Guinness
- Creating a dementia-friendly environment