L&Q is on its way to being ‘dementia friendly’ within the next three years, linking up with field leaders Stirling University to invest in related training for staff.
A group-wide dementia forum with dementia ‘champions’ across all departments are also part of the strategy.
The strategy has been developed in consultation with residents over the last year and set 2020 target by when L&Q – with some 32,000 older residents – should be ‘dementia friendly’.
Charlie Culshaw, Director of Care and Support for L&Q Living, said: “We place health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do so we’re proud to introduce a dementia strategy across the organisation.
“The number of people with dementia is going to grow rapidly over the next few decades so it’s vital housing providers understand how to support their older and vulnerable residents – we all need to do our bit to tackle the huge problem that the country faces and understand how to help people to live well with dementia.”
Other highlights of the strategy include:
- Staff, contractors and tenants (including general needs) trained as dementia friends
- Person-centred support and care plans
- Dementia design guide and audit tool – based on Stirling University’s Gold Standard
- Investing in a range of activities and initiatives to reduce loneliness and isolation
- Dedicating the whole of October every year to raising awareness of dementia across the whole organisation
In April last year, L&Q Group launched L&Q Living as a care and support subsidiary offering housing and other assistance to meet the needs of older and vulnerable residents.