A dementia charity is urging social landlords to enrol onto its new “dementia charter”, a code which aims to improve housing for those suffering from the condition.
The Dementia-Friendly Housing Charter, published by Alzheimer’s Society, was developed in partnership with housing association Housing & Care 21.
It follows research which found that 85 per cent of people living with dementia want to stay at home as long as possible, but a third of the general public would not know where to find information about how to make their home and living environment suitable.
The charter aims to “enable all professionals working in the housing sector, from planners, architects and developers to landlords, housing managers and handypersons”, to “embed best practice to support people living with dementia in their homes, minimise risk and enhance their wellbeing”.
Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, said: “Dementia is one of the greatest challenges we face in society today, and one that all areas of the housing sector must work together in uniting against.
“The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 states that more people with dementia should to live longer in their own homes when it is in their interests to do so, with a greater focus on independent living.
“This will only be achieved with greater support in people’s own homes from trained professionals and by improving the homes that people live in to ensure they are adaptable and flexible as circumstances and needs change.
“When someone is no longer able to remain in their own home we need to ensure housing providers that support them are knowledgeable and have the processes in place to enable each individual to live the life they want to and receive the best possible support.”