Small but Significant – Innovation, Impact and Evidence: Practical housing interventions to improve older people’s health and wellbeing
In July 2017 Care & Repair England with the support of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) and the University of Manchester’s Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA), held a national conference in Manchester that examined the evidence, cutting edge practice and related policy in the field of increasing safe independence at home for older people through practical housing interventions, such as handyperson services.
The day highlighted innovation and opportunities in the gathering of evidence and the provision of practical housing services for older people.
The links between prevention of health and care need and housing interventions was explored, particularly reducing hospital admissions and extending safe independent living at home, alongside the key role of evidence and the emerging policy landscape.
There was a fantastic line up of contributors, including Department of Health, Centre for Ageing Better, The British Society of Gerontology, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing and University of the West of England, alongside innovative commissioners, local authorities and service providers.
- Poverty and disadvantage in later life – Professor Debora Price, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing & President of the British Society of Gerontology.
- What the health sector wants from handyperson services – Tom Luckraft, NHS England
- The importance of practical housing help in later life– Dr Rachael Docking, Centre for Ageing Better
- The impact of housing modifications – emerging findings from the evidence review – Sheila Mackintosh, University of West of England
- Small but Significant – evaluating Preston Care & Repair’s handyperson services – Sue Adams, Care & Repair England and Laura Holmes, Preston Care & Repair
- Innovation in handyperson provision:
- Faster hospital discharge: West of England Care & Repair’s Dolphin scheme – Robin Means & Sheila Mackintosh
- St Helens Hospital Admission Avoidance Car Project – Lee Norman & Helen Williams, St Helens Council
- Integrated prevention: Lightbulb in Leicestershire – Quin Quinney, Blaby District Council
- The impact on older people of excess heat in the home – evidence and opportunity – Dr Alan Lewis, University of Manchester
Health at Home -The Right Prescription. Reducing delayed transfers of care and increasing independence at home for older people through integrated housing interventions – 21st June 2016
In June 2016 Care & Repair England, with the support of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), held a national conference in Manchester, Health at Home – The Right Prescription.
Presentations were given by the following speakers which can be downloaded by clicking on the name of the presentation:
- Health at home overview & the challenges of demonstrating ‘what works’ Sue Adams OBE, Care & Repair England.
- The role of housing in health and care integration, reducing delayed transfer of care and the importance of evidence – Sarah Cromwell, Department of Health
- Integration – the big experiment? The evidence needed for health and care integration & Devo Manc as a pioneer – Gill Leng, Public Health England
- Using national housing data & evidence to model health gains – Helen Garrett, Building Research Establishment.
- Applying evidence – the falls example – Dr Emma Stanmore, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.
- The commsissioner perspective on integration and evidence – Helen Simpson, Bolton Council
The integration innovators – health & housing services in action:
- CCG Funded Home Adaptations – Anees Mank, Wigan Council
- Home from Hospital – Janette Linacre, Manchester Care & Repair
- Hospital Discharge– Lee Norman, St Helens Council
- Cluster Care Co-ordination – Geraldine Kiddle, Warrington HIA
National conference about Home Adaptations and Falls Prevention ‘Falling through the Gaps‘
In July 15 Care & Repair England, with the support of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), staged a national conference in London, Falling through the Gaps: connecting research, policy and practice in the field of ageing, falls prevention and housing interventions.
Presentations were given by Lord Filkin, chair of the Centre for Ageing Better, BSG, Public Health England, the Building Research Establishment & AGILE plus commissioners and providers.
Some of these presentations can be downloaded here:
- Care & Repair England, Sue Adams www.careandrepair-england.org.uk
- BSG, Professor Sheila Peace www.bsg.org.uk
- PHE, Daniel Macintyre www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health–
- AGILE and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Presentation Kate Bennett, www.agile.csp.org.uk www.csp.org.uk
- Building Research Establishment Mike Roys www.bre.co.uk (no presentation available)
- Dorset County Council, Derek Hardy www.dorsetforyou.com
- Knowsley Older People’s Voice, Tom Best www.kopv.org.uk
- Age UK Warwickshire, Elizabeth Phillips MBE www.ageuk.org.uk/warwickshire
- Westminster HIA, Lesley Bellenger/Geraint Maddocks, www.westminster.gov.uk (no presentation available) [July 15]
Please find a summary report of Falling through the gaps – our national falls prevention and housing conference in partnership with the British Society of Gerontologists which took place earlier this year.
If you would like to offer further comments or want to let us know of any action you are taking in this area please contact Martin Hodges, Health and Housing Programme Lead at Care & Repair England – details on the last page of the summary. [October 15]
Home adaptations to reduce falls could save £millions
At its national falls prevention and housing conference ‘Falling through the Gaps’, Care & Repair England today launched a short evidence paper indicating the potential savings from adapting homes to reduce falls injuries amongst older people.
The paper combines the strong evidence from a New Zealand RCT study that found that even minor home adaptations resulted in a 26% reduction from injuries from falls, with a Kings Fund study of the cost of falls in Torbay to estimate possible annual savings in excess of £250million.
Download : Cost benefits of adapting homes to reduce falls by older people: Applying the findings of international studies to the UK [July 15] click here
It also published an associated paper providing an overview of the national Disabled Facilities Grant system of help with home adaptations for those new to the field.
Download: Disabled Facilities Grants: A system of help with home adaptations for disabled people in England- an overview [July 15) click here [July 2015]