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Benefits and challenges of living in extra care housing: perspectives of people living with dementia

Atkinson, Teresa ORCID: and Oatley, R. (2023) Benefits and challenges of living in extra care housing: perspectives of people living with dementia. Working with Older People. ISSN Print: 1366-3666 Online: 2042-8790

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Purpose: The paper presents the views of people living with dementia in extra care housing. This is a model of housing with care and support aiming to support older people, including those with dementia to live independently. Previous research identifies benefits but is predominantly derived from third party accounts, with the voices of those living with dementia in extra care housing significantly absent.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The study adopted a qualitative approach conducting 100 interviews across 8 extra care housing schemes in England. Over half of the interviews were conducted with people living with dementia and their families with the remainder involving staff and commissioners.
Findings: Findings suggest there are a range of benefits including owning your own home, having a safe, age friendly location with flexible support, social interaction and continuing to live as a couple. Challenges included availability of staff, flexible resourcing, loneliness and the advancing symptoms of dementia.
Research limitations/Implications: Despite efforts to create an inclusive, diverse sample, the participants were all White British. Participants involved were identified by gatekeepers, which may present some bias in the selection.
Practical Implications: Whilst extra care housing offers benefits to people living with dementia, addressing the challenges is essential for effective dementia care. Improving staff training, promoting person-centred care, and fostering an inclusive community are critical for enhancing residents' well-being and quality of life.
Originality/value: This paper explored the lived experiences of residents and family members, providing new insight into the advantages and disadvantages of ECH for people living with dementia.
Keywords: Dementia, extra care housing, benefits, challenges, family carers, supported living
Article Type: Research paper

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Dementia, Extra care housing, Benefits, Challenges, Family carers, Supported living
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Teresa Atkinson
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2023 08:13
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2023 08:13

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