2019 Agenda

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Mark Gardner    Helen Charlesworth-May    Mark Beach    Ann Brolan   Jenny Chapman   Gary Day    Sheron Carter    Holly Dagnall   Alan Jones

09:00 Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

09:10-09:30 Opening Address: Shaping the future housing and care landscape for older people

Opening Address: Shaping the future housing and care landscape for older people

  • Providing insights into the demographic time bomb that is looming in the housing sector, with a polarised market including high end and social housing and very little in between
  • Meeting the need for homes that are designed or adapted for older people
  • Providing appropriate and desirable accommodation for older people to move on to, which also reduces under-occupation
  • Engaging and consulting with ageing tenants to put them at the centre of planning and decision making
  • Making moves to integrate housing with adult social and health care

Alan Jones, President, RIBA

09:30-09:50 Views from older people: survey results on challenges in housing an ageing population

Older people are rarely asked to lead the policy debates and articulate their solutions to the lack of accessible and good quality retirement housing. Dennis Reed, Director of Silver Voices, a UK-wide membership organisation for the over 60s, will provide the conference with the results of a survey of members on their priorities for policy and legislative changes to address the challenges in housing an ageing population. This will be the first representative survey of this kind.

Dennis Reed, Director, Silver Voices

09:50-10:40 Panel Discussion: Facilitating ageing-in-place

A wide ranging discussion around assessing the number of vulnerable older tenants, understanding their needs and their desires, sharing examples of what can be done in practice, pitfalls to avoid and positive successes.

Bruce Moore, Chief executive, Housing 21
Dennis Reed, Director, Silver Voices
Vic Rayner, Executive director, National Care Forum

Patrick Vernon, Associate director – Connected communities, Centre for Ageing Better
Chris Moseley, Tenant chair, Homes in Sedgemoor

10:40-11:15 Networking Break

11:15-11:35 Case Study: Developing a coordinated approach to housing, health and social care

  • Adding housing into the well-being mix
  • Developing integrated community service design
  • Gaining traction around aligning the three services

Mark Gardner, Group chief executive, Ocean Housing

Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic director for adult social care and health, Cornwall Council

11:35-11:50 Case Study: Good practice in supporting older people in the community


  • Collaboration and partnerships delivering innovation
  • Community led approaches
  • Social prescribing and prevention

Mark Beach, Head of customers, ONE Manchester

11:50-12:10 Case Study: Tapping into existing community offerings through identifying and getting funding for integrated projects, plus identifying potential partners in the community who are already funded

  • Identifying pots of funding for integrated activities
  • Pairing up with other organisations to make full use of community space in sheltered accommodation
  • Matchmaking with existing services that are looking for older users

Ann Brolan, Well-being development manager, Anchor Hanover

Amy Charters, Service improvement business partner, Anchor Hanover

12:10-12:30 Case Study: Building internal partnerships to make full use of assets within the association

  • Supporting ageing-in-place for general needs tenants within your housing association
  • Piloting a hub and spoke model that uses resources from extra care in the wider ageing tenant community
  • Partnering with other housing associations for learning in specialist areas such as assistive technologies

Jenny Chapman, Group director innovation and excellent, ForViva

12:30-12:50 Panel and joint Q&A

12:50-13:05 Technology Showcase I

13:05-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Panel Discussion: Using telehealth, digital health and smart devices to help older people live independently

Tackling the myriad offerings of specialised and mainstream technologies available with examples of pilot programmes, research and results. The panellists will contribute their lessons learned throughout their pilots including:

• Tech only works if both carer and user are “active” and like it
• It’s not a quick fix, much of what is on offer is not “marketplace ready”
• For tech to work, you need fast reliable infrastructure (wifi)

Lindsay Courtney, Clinical lead immediate care, Home Group

Eleanor Robinson-Carter, Falmouth University

Dr Gabriella Spinelli, Reader - innovation management, Brunel University London
Simon Fitzpatrick, Director of development, Blackwood Homes and Care
Lucy Fraser, Head of innovation, Albyn Housing

15:00-15:15 Technology Showcase II

15:15-15:45 Networking break

15:45-16:00 Designing the best homes possible for retirement living

  • Designing inclusively putting the user at the centre of the process
  • Incorporating flexibility in design to plan for future changes in health and lifestyle
  • Identifying and buying appropriate products that are attractive and functional

Gary Day, Group land & planning director, McCarthy & Stone

16:00-16:15 How new homes with adaptive super powers support independence for longer

  • A tour of the key features of the accessible and adaptable housing design standard
  • Working with existing stock to increase accessibility and inclusivity
  • Empowering housing staff as trusted assessors to support speedier solutions for older and disabled tenants

Sheron Carter, Chief executive officer, Habinteg Housing Association

16:15-16:30 Insights into funding the cost of new build and adaptations for ageing tenants

  • Meeting the challenge of changes required in current financial planning
  • Digging into the numbers to get accurate figures for “extra” costs associated with adaptations
  • Meeting the changing expectations of older people within the funding constraints of a social landlord
  • Getting the balance right between what tenants want and what they can afford
  • Future proof design for lifetime homes to make best use of stock and resources

Holly Dagnall, Director of homes and wellbeing, Nottingham Community Housing Association

16:30-16:45 Panel and joint Q&A

16:45-17:30 Live Discussion: Best options for over 55 living

A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons of the options for over 55 living. Covering segregated retirement village environments or streets versus the option of integrating ageing tenants within the wider community through the concepts of “lifetime” home design and multi-generational living. What can be done to make “retirement” housing desirable, how does mixed tenure fit in and is the definition of “over 55” outdated now? At the beginning and the end we will take a series of live polls.


Chaired by Ian Copeman, Principal associate, The HousingLin


Jane Ashcroft CBE, Vice-chair, ARCO & Chief executive, Anchor Hanover
Laurence Keeley, tenant
Alex Fox, Chief executive officer, HomeshareUK

Lord Richard Best, Former chief of the National Housing Federation, Former chief of Joseph Rowntree Housing and Advocate for Older People’s Housing

Sonia Parol RIBA MSc Eng. Architect, Senior associate director - Head of care & residential, Urbanedge

17:30 Closing remarks from the chair

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