CIH Scotland has been working with the health sector, academics, our members and other stakeholders to identify the role of housing in supporting people to live well with dementia. In 2017 we launched a practice guide for the housing sector, setting out the actions that individual staff and organisations can take to help people live better with dementia.
Now, in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland's iHub and Alzheimer Scotland, we are proud to launch Housing and dementia: a practice framework to support Scotland's housing sector and invite housing organisations to show their commitment to improving the lives of people living with dementia by using the framework and signing up to a set of commitments.
The framework sets out five person-centred outcomes that people living with dementia have told us are important to them.
These outcomes are underpinned by 11 commitments - the actions that housing organisations should already be taking or working towards.
The framework will help organisations to record the work that they are already doing to support people living with dementia and identify areas where more could be done.
It has been designed to be flexible and adaptable, it includes suggestions about the kind of actions you could take to support people with dementia, but encourages you to find the right solutions for your organisation and your community.
By signing up, you are agreeing that your organisation will work towards the five outcomes and 11 commitments set out in the Framework. The process is not prescriptive - you can choose the actions that are best suited to your organisation, your tenants, and your community. Use the Framework to plan realistic actions, and remember - even small changes can make a big difference to people.
Your organisation will also join a network of organisations working to improve outcomes for people living with dementia. Through this network there will be opportunities to share good practice, access support, and reflect on the contribution that the housing sector is making towards supporting people who are living with dementia.