Living well at home: housing and dementia in Scotland

Living well at home: housing and dementia in Scotland

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Improving housing outcomes for people living with dementia in Scotland.

About this event

Our population is ageing and the number of people living with dementia in Scotland is expected to increase significantly. While great progress has been made in recent years in supporting people to live well at home for as long as possible, we know that more needs to be done.

This virtual event will explore the recent report and recommendations of the National Housing and Dementia Forum.

Programme

14:00 Welcome from the chair

Jan Beattie, professional advisor to the Scottish Government

14:05 Living well at home

This session will set out Scottish Government plans to support people to live well at home as they age.

Angela O’Brien, head of housing and independent living, Scottish Government

14:25 The work of the Housing and Dementia Forum

Hear about the findings and recommendations of the National Housing and Dementia Forum from the group’s co-chairs.

Lesley Palmer, chief architect of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling

Ashley Campbell CIHCM, policy and practice manager, CIH Scotland

14:45 Living well with dementia in Inverclyde

This session will cover local learning in relation to dementia services being delivered to support residents in Inverclyde.

Debbie Maloney, reablement development lead OT at Inverclyde CHCP

15:05 Dementia and the built environment

Having the right home in the right place is essential to supporting people to live well with dementia but is our housing stock fit for purpose? How do we mainstream dementia friendly design and create dementia friendly places?

Dawn Conner, housing development officer (new supply), West Dunbartonshire Council

15:25 Chair’s closing remarks

15:30 Close

About our speakers

Jan Beattie, professional advisor to the Scottish Government

Jan is a professional advisor to the Scottish Government. Based in the Scottish Government’s Dementia Unit, she brings both a human rights perspective and practice background as a social worker to the Unit’s policy direction and development. Having witnessed the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on people living with dementia and their families, Jan helped shape the Scottish Government’s Dementia and COVID Action Plan, ensuring recognition for the many grassroots community responses that stepped up to directly support people when formal services were paused. This recognition is now extending to plans for resourcing more grassroots responses, ensuring lived experience is at the heart of everything we do in Scotland and preparing for a refreshed national policy approach that evidences learning from the pandemic. One of these key learnings is that we need to improve design, choice and access to good quality, affordable housing for people that supports them to live well in the community they remain connected to.

Lesley Palmer, chief architect of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling

Lesley is the Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling and Director of Iridis Digital Ltd, a joint venture organisation within the University of Stirling established for the purposes of improving quality of life for longer through technology, research and the design of the built environment.

Lesley is an experienced architect with extensive international experience of designing and advising on dementia-friendly design principles; a non-pharmacological approach to supporting people living with dementia.

In addition to her roles at the University, Lesley is the Co-chair of the Scottish Government’s Dementia and Housing sub-group, a Steering Group Member for the British Standards Institute PAS 6463: Design for the Mind, a member of the Dementia Ageing Research Group, University of Stirling, and External Steering Committee Member of the PRIDEM research project, Newcastle University. Lesley is involved in several research projects with a focus on ageing, dementia and the built environment.

Ashley Campbell CIHCM, policy and practice manager, CIH Scotland

Ashley is the Policy and Practice Manager for the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, working on a range of issues across tenures. The role involves ensuring members’ views are reflected in responses to local and national consultations, developing briefings and practice materials to keep the sector up to date with the latest changes and working to influence policy and legislation.

Ashley is a member of the board at Hanover Scotland, a trustee of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland and Co-chair of the National Housing and Dementia Forum.

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