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Kent Joint Policy and Planning Board (JPPB) (Housing) and Kent Housing Group(KHG)

JPPB is a Kent wide strategic multi agency partnership board between health housing and social care and other partner agencies, which seeks to address the overarching issues which have an impact on housing . The JPPB seeks to bring a consistency and high service standards across Kent between the top tier authority, Kent County Council, and the 12 district and borough local housing authorities by agreed protocols and procedures and policies. JPPB works closely with KHG, the Kent wide housing partnership between all local housing authorities and major registered providers and other partner agencies. KHG is the voice of housing in Kent.

8 October 2015
South East
Care, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Other, Emergency Services Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance

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?

Both the JPPB and KHG are long standing well established partnerships, which look for a consistency, high standards and co-operation from their members.

The two partnerships work closely together in order that they link with, and are included in, strategies from other agencies. They seek to ensure that housing is fit for purpose and  that older persons and other residents are able to live independently in a safe, warm and secure environment.

KHG also works with Kent Planning and Developers Group to influence policies and produce frameworks and protocols for guidance  for housing to be dementia friendly environments.

Both partnerships work with other agencies and commissioners to ensure that the right services and support is provided and both have already arranged /will be arranging dementia training for front line champions and raising awareness of dementia among housing staff and residents.

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

Securing adequate funding, for affordable (social ) older persons housing to ensure dementia friendly design features and appropriate technology can be incorporated in new build and refurbishment projects. 

Offering a range of appropriate housing options to encourage people to move into as they enter the third age, rather than waiting until they develop long term conditions or become frail.

Ensuring that all multi occupation general needs stock is dementia friendly.

Working with planners, private sector developers and landlords to influence dementia friendly environments.

Changing attitudes and increasing understanding by residents of older persons accommodation to be aware of dementia and foster a culture of inclusion not isolation for those with dementia.

Giving support to the other residents of older persons accommodation

Recognition of early onset dementia

Sharing best practice and experience in dementia friendly design

2. Actions

  • Encourage minor changes to older persons’ schemes that can make a significant difference , e.g. signage, floor colour, decoration to help orientation etc.

    Do scoping exercise of which older persons’ schemes and/or general needs schemes have dementia friendly environments to use as best practice.  These will not just be new build, but existing schemes, which may need some element of retro fitting.  Take this best practice and use as a model to encourage housing providers in Kent to make better dementia friendly environments. Encourage retro-fitting and liaise with asset managers and planning colleagues.

    Initial Scoping
  • Do scoping exercise of which older persons’ schemes and/or general needs schemes have dementia friendly environments to use as best practice. These will not just be new build, but existing schemes, which may need some element of retro fitting. Take this

    This to include training for staff and residents to have increased understanding and awareness of dementia and how this affects those with the illness and impact on other residents.  This will include encouraging scheme managers and residents to become ‘dementia friends’ with an ambition to involve more staff in housing and other services as resources allow. It will also encourage inclusion of those with dementia and give support to those other residents in older persons’ schemes and to friends and relatives. Suggest that an award be made for the category of dementia champion among residents at KHG event. 

    Implementation, Initial Scoping
  • Develop Kent Wide overarching hoarding framework for protocols

    Develop a hoarding framework which can be used as guidance for assisting those people who hoard and to recognise early signs. Additional aim to ensure the safeguarding of people with dementia and support to enable them to continue to live securely and to sustain tenancies and to ensure that neighbours and other residents are not affected. 

    Initial Scoping