Dementia pathways: housing's role. Practice guide

CIH Scotland
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This practice guide contains the main findings and learning from a research study on the role of housing practitioners and of housing practice within an integrated approach to dementia care. The research included a review of the literature, multi-agency workshops and a skills survey and drew on the expertise of staff across the housing sector in Scotland. The guide provides advice and recommendations covering four separate dementia care pathways: assisting and supporting early diagnosis; early assessment of the suitability of the home of someone living with dementia; enabling a person with dementia to remain at home or return home quickly when discharged from hospital; and ensuring holistic consideration of assistance and support as dementia progresses. It also includes emerging models of practice and links to additional resources. Recommendations include the importance of developing the knowledge and skills of the housing practitioners; using a housing options approach to facilitate independent living; developing effective partnership working arrangements with colleagues across housing services, social care and the third sector; and promoting housing’s wider role in enabling independence beyond the physical and home environments to partner organisations. The guide is aimed at both managers and frontline housing practitioners.

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dementia, housing, independent living, holistic care, case studies, diagnosis, home adaptations, skills, staff, independence;
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practice guidance
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