Care & Repair England

Care & Repair England is an independent charitable organisation which aims to improve older people’s housing. It believes that all older people should have decent living conditions and be able to live in a home of their own choosing. We promote and support the development of practical housing solutions, particularly for older people living in private housing. Through pioneering innovative projects with local partners we find out what works best for older people. We then share good ideas and promote successful models. Past examples of services which we initiated that are now part of the mainstream include: • Care & Repair schemes, which help older people undertake home repairs & adaptations • Handyperson services, providing free or low cost help with essential jobs in the home • More recently we have led the way on ‘peer to peer’ advice (see Silverlinks) and delivering housing advice in hospitals (see Health & Housing).

Updated:
10 February 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Housing Sector, Health

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We work with local and national partners to improve older people’s housing and to support all older people to live in a home of their own choosing. We ensure that the housing needs of people with long term conditions are met. Decent housing supports wellbeing. We therefore ensure that people with dementia and their carers are included in our mission and work programmes.  We aim to ensure people have the advice and information they need to make informed choices and work with the Government, local councils and others in the third sector to enhance housing and care options for all older people.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

One of our specific challenges is to support older people with dementia to stay in their own familiar home if possible. The loss of funding and priority given to repairing, maintaining and adapting existing housing can be an impediment to this

It is also true that many say that older people with dementia need institutional solutions which we argue against so long as housing and care services exist to support people in their own homes. We work to keep adaptations grants, home improvement agencies, handypersons services and housing and care options advice services locally so that practical housing help is available

2. Actions

  • Advice and information for people with dementia and their carers on housing and care choices

    Silverlinks housing and care option seeking seminars run across the country to enable people to make the right choices - open to older people with dementia

    Specialist sessions for people with dementia and their carers working with bodies like the Alzheimer’s Society and Carers UK (under Silverlinks

    Updating our Self help guides for people with dementia that help them and their carers to make their homes safe and secure with practical advice and information

    Status:

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Joined Feb 2017

  • Working with Alzheimer’s Society and the London Assembly to develop a dementia friendly London

    Work in London on dementia friendly is ongoing and we will work on housing and on care and health to support the development and ensure there is a focus on people in their own homes 

    Status:

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Joined Feb 2017

  • Member of housing and dementia working group run by SITRA to raise the profile of housing solutions for older people with dementia and their carers

    Working with many others in housing and care to raise the profile of the housing needs of people with dementia including work on a dementia and housing charter

    Status:

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Joined Feb 2017