Social housing providers (housing associations, councils and Almos) are facing a demographic time bomb: their tenants are ageing and living longer with more complex needs. There is insufficient specialist accommodation and many people as they age express a preference to stay in their own homes.
With social care budgets stretched, landlords are increasingly on the frontline – even those which do not traditionally have a care business. It is imperative for individual tenants and for social landlords as businesses to ensure that tenants are adequately supported as their care needs continue.
From a business perspective, keeping tenants independent is crucial. This event will reach out to landlords with ageing tenants, providing them with guidance, case studies and the latest thinking on this topic, and bringing them together with the suppliers who are providing ever more innovative and cost-effective solutions. The event must provide practical solutions that could be implemented immediately as well as longer term strategic direction.
The conference programme will address key topics including:
Demographic Time Bomb
Panel discussion with residents
Improving health and well-being in older residents
Exploring funding solutions and personal finances
Collaborating to support ageing tenants in their own homes
Designing accommodation where people can age in place
Demographic Time Bomb: longer term strategic direction
In the view of the fact that the number of ageing population is dramatically increasing, what should be the long-term strategy used by the government, developers and local authorities? What should housing associations consider in the longer run and what financial and housing products do they need to be developing now to house ageing people over the next 10+ years? What changes should be implemented in the housing sector to prepare for the increasing number of the ageing population. Panel discussion with residents: sharing honest and open perspectives on what makes the difference
In this session we will invite a number of residents to share their honest and open perspective on best practice and what it is really that ageing residents need the most from their housing providers or local authorities: communication, levels of engagement, creating a community.Improving health and well-being in older residents for longer
Loneliness in older people can lead to mental and emotional health deterioration. What are the benefits of ageing in the comfort of own home versus retirement home. Does ageing in your own home mean isolation and losing the sense of belonging? This session will explore ways for older residents to remain engaged with the local community and stay active and independent for longer. We will talk about how to design for such a complex condition as dementia for residents to feel comfortable in their homes.Exploring funding solutions and personal finances
With the social care budgets being stretched the session will aim to explore the funding solutions and personal finances for older people. Is self-funding going to be key to delivering many services or are there strong expectations that many services should be provided by the local authority/ HAs and NHS? How do we meet the needs of current older population (asset rich) whilst preparing for an older generation who will not have the same assets?Collaborating to support ageing tenants in their own homes
How can different organisations such as HAs, local care providers, councils and charities work together to deliver best services and support the older people in their homes? This session will look at some examples of integration with health services to plan and coordinate care and other interventionsAssistive Technology
Sharing best practice, through practical examples and key learnings from pilots, schemes and programmes aimed at choosing the right assistive technologies for improving the safetly, health and well-being of older vulnerable tenants, so they can stay at home.Designing accommodation where people can age in place
This session will focus on innovative and forward-thinking architectural solutions and interior design that can help older people age in the comfort of their own place, stay active and more independent in later life. Should we stop thinking about developing housing for older people and start designing accommodation where people can age in place? How can we influence a better more inclusive health and housing approach to the design and development of housing that supports older people needs?See the agenda