Housing and dementia
project update

29 November 2017

The housing and dementia project is now well into its 2nd year pilot, trialling initiatives in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area. So far we've made changes to our places and processes that have helped our people living with dementia.

dementia housing charterEarlier this year we were involved in working with the Alzheimer’s society on the creation of the UK housing and dementia charter. We’ve committed to meet the standards set in the charter and to ensure that we’re offering our customers living with dementia a tailored service meeting their needs. The articles below detail how we’ve committed to some of the actions already.

Dementia Awareness Week

The Dementia-friendly Housing Charter – Our commitment to wayfinding

Signposting to information and advice about dementia

Overcoming misunderstandings about dementia – Our commitment

Dementia awareness – Our commitment to communication

Helping our customers living with dementia to lead a stress-free life

Social and well being groups

This year we’ve also launched the ‘Feel good – stay well’ group. This is a social and well being group held at Auden Court, a Guinness housing for older persons scheme, in Manchester. The group is being run in partnership with together dementia support CIC and is open to older people living in the local area. There are many other social groups being run across Guinness by both staff and our customers and these are a really important part of remaining active and engaged. To find out more about what’s going on in your area, speak to your local housing team or check out the dementia connect service if you’re looking specifically for dementia related groups.Quayside, Totnes

An exciting new development

We’ve also started a program of works to ensure that our communal areas meet a dementia friendly standard and these standards are also met within our new developments. Our new extra care housing scheme, Quayside, is an example of where we have used this guidance and developed a really great place to live.

Want more information?

If you’re living with dementia and require help, support or more information please email our Housing and Dementia project lead, Wendy Wells.