21 October, 2015

Transforming Care Pathways for People with Dementia: Linking housing, health and social care

At a time of budgetary restrictions and a rapidly ageing population, the need to find radically new ways of supporting people to live well in later life is becoming urgent. There have been significant policy commitments to move services from hospitals into the community over recent decades, most recently through the NHS Five Year Forward View. However, this has yet to translate into a major shift in service provision or funding allocations. In fact, while the NHS – and especially acute hospital services – have received major cash injections, spending on local authority social care has fallen by 26% in the last five years1.

This report builds on the National Housing Federation’s 2013 publication Dementia – finding housing solutions2 and subsequent work that has been carried out through our strategic partnership work with the Department of Health. The National Housing Federation’s subsequent report Prescription for Success identified a number of areas for action that will help to transform dementia care pathways, to better support people living with dementia and their families. Housing associations are ideally placed to help health and social care commissioners deliver this change; promoting more integrated service pathways, applying the best evidence to practice, and co-designing support packages with individuals to ensure better health outcomes.

This report is aimed at health and social care commissioners and service providers. It sets out to encourage closer working with housing providers at a local level, to design more robust and coordinated pathways of support for the increasing number of families who will be living with dementia over the next few decades. Case studies throughout this report highlight innovative examples of the contribution housing can make to helping people live well with dementia. Our six helpful steps outline a potential route to achieving the transformation that is needed.

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Transforming Care Pathways for People with Dementia: Linking housing, health and social care

PUBLISHED: October 2015

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