Research

Since the start of the Catch 22 initiative we have worked, or are working with, a number of groups of researchers and stakeholders including:-

Ongoing Activity

  • Dunhill Medical Trust – £200k for adaptations research –Further to the working partnership with Care & Repair England, Dunhill Medical Trust in late 2018 provided research funding of £200,000 and invited bids that sought to demonstrate the efficacy and cost effectiveness of disabled adaptations provided in the homes of older people.There was a positive response to that call. On 21 January 2019 shortlisted research teams presented their proposals to an expert panel and a wider audience. The successful applicants were the University of Northumbria led by Dr Phillip Whitehead and a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Swansea led by Dr Silvia Nikolova at Leeds.

    The specified duration of both proposals is a maximum of 18 months so we are looking forward to working with both research teams and receiving findings in 2019 that will be valuable in helping to fill some of the recognised evidence gaps in this topic area.

  • Improving evidence on the financial benefits of home adaptations: We are currently working with a number of universities on research plans in this area.
  • The impact of the home environment on independent living for people with dementia in later life – PHD studentship: Collaboration with the University of Manchester.
  •  ‘What works’ home adaptations delivery practice – We are working closely with the Centre for Ageing Better on this initiative that has identified local areas which are delivering home adaptations and organising services in the most innovative and effective ways for older people. The aim to identify high quality and innovative practice in the provision of home adaptations, specifically focussing on what works well from the perspective of older people. Report due to be launched in October 2018.
  • Bathing adaptations for older people – we are continuing to work with the lead researcher, now at the University of Northumbria, to take the successful BATH-OUT 1 pilot to a full Randomised Control Trial. 
  • Digital Health and Care  –  we are working with the University of Bristol as a research partner, preparing a bid to the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) which aims to support the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in respect of highlighting the importance of health services being provided in the home environment rather than health settings
  • Importance of accessibility and property condition in the homes of older people – we are contributing to the Seedcorn funding programme administered by the Manchester Institute Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester
  • Care & Repair England is a Member of the National Falls Prevention Co-Ordination Group (led by PHE) providing information and expertise in the field of housing and falls. Resulting publications to date include:
  • Tools for cost effective commissioning, including evidence concerning Return on Investment (ROI) from a range of falls prevention measures

Publications include:

  • The impacts and cost benefits of handyperson services – C&RE undertook an in depth evaluation and published a detailed analysis of the impacts and cost benefits of handyperson services, Small but Significant, with an associated summary brochure. Pro-bono academic input into the evaluation was provided by volunteer academics from the Catch 22 network.
  • BMG Research work with Care & Repair England to carry out a survey of views about older people’s later life housing/ home adaptations expectations, experiences and aspirations.
  • The extent of housing disrepair amongst older household- thanks to data analysis undertaken by the Building Research Establishment, Care & Repair England was able to publish Off the Radar ) Published ‘Off the Radar: Housing disrepair and health impact in later life’ – launched and promoted at House of Lords event in March 2016.
  • Home Adaptations Evidence Review:. We worked closely with the Centre for Ageing Better who subsequently commissioned an international review of the academic evidence concerning home adaptations and older people. Full report published November 2017.
  • Bathing adaptations impact on health and well-being – a successful pilot was completed by researchers from the University of Nottingham. The BATH OUT 1 pilot project tested the methodology for quantifying the outcomes of bathing adaptations and the very promising results published.
  • Modelling cost benefits of adaptations with Building Research Establishment: Work to model the financial benefits to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions was prompted by the BRE’s involvement in our ‘Bletchley Day’ in 2014 which brought together. The final report was published in May 2016.