Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing
In view of the fact that the 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-plus years? What changes should be implemented in the housing sector to prepare for an increase in the ageing population.
Lawrence Bowles, senior analyst – residential research, Savills
Catherine Foot, director of evidence, Centre for Ageing Better
This session will look into older people’s services – from the traditional method, where people knock on doors to check if tenants are OK, to carelines and using technology to engage with ageing tenants. We will talk about resident governance and a way of involving older residents in service reviews and put them at the centre of the planning and decision-making process.
Robin Deane, head of independent living, Optivo
Dr Sarah Carlick, managing director, the Athena Programme
Guy Stenson, director of housing operations, Stonewater
The session will explore ways and smart devices to ensure older tenants are safe at home. How can housing providers support their customers with the right assistive technologies and not lose a human touch to their services. Can technology appropriately replace much of the human contact? With the speed of change of technology, how do organisations ensure they are choosing the right technology for their customers in terms of effectiveness and cost? Should a social landlord take a lead on personal assistive technology? We will look at examples of assistive technologies that can be used straightaway and are simple and reliable.
Jon Foster, head of health & ageing, Metropolitan Thames Valley
Geena Vabulas, policy manager, assistive technology, Policy Connect
Paul Slaughter, chief executive, Care Messenger
Paul Richards, chief executive, Rusthall Lodge Housing Association
In this session we will invite a number of residents to share their honest and open perspective on best practice and what it is that ageing residents need the most from their housing providers or local authorities: communication, levels of engagement and creating a community.
David Butler, member of the scrutiny panel, Housing Association
Linda Killmister, resident, the ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Joan Swift, chair, resident council, PA Housing
Lord Best will discuss:
Loneliness in older people can lead to mental and emotional health deterioration. What are the benefits of ageing in the comfort of your own home versus a retirement home. Does ageing in your own home mean isolation and losing a 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.
Shirley Hall, head of innovation and wellbeing, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Carol Clifford, programme lead Ageing and Older People, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
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’s needs?
Dominic Hailey, senior team architect, ColladoCollins
Roland Karthaus, director, Matter Architecture
With 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/housing associations and the NHS? How do we meet the needs of the current older population (asset rich) while preparing for an older generation who will not have the same assets?
Domini Gunn-Peim, housing consultant
Gareth Lyon, head of policy and communications, ARCO
How can different organisations such as housing associations, local care providers, councils and charities work together to deliver the 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 co-ordinate care and other interventions.
Mark Rounding, chief executive, Age UK Bradford
Julie Ogley, director of social care, health and housing at Central Bedfordshire Council, President of ADASS
Wrekin Housing Trust
"A good, concentrated opportunity to catch up on key topics in the sector and make contact with colleagues.">
"A good and varied selection of speakers and topics"
“Happy with the short sharp presentations and sessions - there is certainly a lot packed into the day"