Canary Care Ltd

CanaryCanary is a discreet, easy to install monitoring and notification system that provides round the clock reassurance to family members whilst allowing the older or vulnerable person to stay in the home they love.

Canary respects the privacy of people who need care and support so does not use cameras so no-one can be seen or heard.

The Canary system does not require an internet connection where it is installed, and family members/carers log-in to their own website portal to view the information about their loved ones.

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Red and Yellow Care

RedYellowlogoRed and Yellow Care are creating a dementia care home of the future – with purpose-built housing as well as state-of-the-art medical, nursing and personal care for people at all stages of the condition.

The dementia community hasn’t been built yet but the housing will be vibrant, full of light and connected to the outside world to improve cognition. The community will also be an active hub for research, education and training in dementia, partnering with local schools and other public and private institutions to make a significant contribution to the national agenda.

Belong villages

BelongLogoBelong villages are specially designed communities to support older people to age well.
Building design and layout supports easy orientation and ‘visibility’, secure access to the outdoors and proximity to a range of village amenities open to the public. Colours used in internal decoration improve cognition. And amongst other things staff don’t wear uniforms, residents get involved in cooking and gardens can be tended by residents and staff.
Residents can choose the type of home, depending on the support and care they need. Over time, they can choose to increase that level of support, from respite care, to rehabilitation, to specialist dementia care.
Belong villages include Atherton , Crewe, Wigan, Warrington, Macclesfield .

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Stay Well@Home

AgeConcernKingstonLogoStay Well@Home brings volunteers, GPs, and social care providers together to support older people to stay well and remain living at home.
Many people who have recently left hospital are at immediate risk of being re-admitted. Immediate support and confidence building over 4-6 weeks can prevent this, provided by a dedicated team of part-timers and trained volunteers. A trial by Age Concern Kingston on Thames both delivered a service and explored its impact, looking at Social Return on Investment (SROI).
Overall, the social return on investment was 11:1 – £11 of value created for every £1 spent. Saving in public sector expenditure was £268,000, including, for example, avoiding 5 unplanned hospital admissions at £2075 each. Volunteers were responsible for 25% of the total value of the service. On average, across the 682 older people in the pilot, £3500 of services were delivered to each, at an average input cost of a tenth of that.
 The SROI report
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Hogewey Dementia Village, Netherlands

Hogewey is a gated community in the Netherlands, designed specifically for people with dementia. About 150 people with Alzheimer’s or similar live in 23 themed homes where the emphasis is on having as much fun as possible.

Hogewey encourages residents to keep up the day-to-day tasks they have always done: gardening, shopping, peeling potatoes, shelling the peas, doing the washing, folding the laundry, going to the hairdresser, popping to the cafe.

Roughly 250 paid healthcare professionals (as well as an unknown number of additional volunteers) assist the residents with most aspects of their lives, but they aren’t in traditional lab coats or scrubs, but in regular street clothes. This is all part of the vision of the village to craft a reality around their residents’ hopes and desires, rather than constraining them to things they can no longer do with a faltering memory.

HogeawayFor more information see Guardian article or wikipedia

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Stonewall volunteers

stonewallStonewall Housing knows that older people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) do not have the family networks that many others take for granted. And many live with the fear of prejudice, harassment, discrimination and abuse built up over years when society wasn’t accepting of anything other than heterosexual relationships.

In response Stonewall Housing is starting a new project to match volunteers who can help out with small tasks with older, isolated LGBT people.  The pilot in early 2013 will also test a tech enabled matching scheme using mobile apps, web, text and email-based systems top recruit and match 50 people who would not normally volunteer.

Stonewall Housing are currently looking for backers. For more information see:

Extra care housing from Housing21

housing21Extra care housing offers individual properties for older people, with additional facilities on site to help them stay in their own home as their circumstances change.

This might include 24-hour access to emergency support and an on-site care team, rehabilitation services, day centre activities, meal provision, a laundry room, fitness classes, a maintenance service and a base for healthcare workers to come on site. Residents can access or buy-in any of these additional services as they need over time to retain independence and control.

residents_212.jpegFounded in 1964, Housing21 manages over 18,000 sheltered, extra care apartments and bungalows in 470 schemes for older people. It is involved in many research and policy initiatives, including a two-year study of adult social care in housing led by the Institute of Dementia Studies and funded by the Department of Health.

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The UK Co-housing network

Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together. There are currently 12 co-housing communities in the UK (though they are much more popular abroad, especially in Denmark where they began).

Co-housing communities in the UK range from around 8 households to around 30 households. Most communities are mixed communities with single people, couples and families but some are only for people over 50 and one is only for women over 50.

The communities themselves range from new developments built to the most modern eco standards to conversions of everything from farms to Jacobean mansions to former hospital buildings and are in urban, rural and semi- rural locations. Some have very large land holdings as part of the community, others very little.

Cohousing is a way of combating the alienation and isolation many experience today recreating the neighbourly support of a village or city quarter in the past.

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Room for Tea

RoomForTeaLogoRoom for Tea is a new kind of home-sharing network that connects guests in need of short-term, affordable accommodation in London, with hosts who have a spare room in their homes. The average stay is two months.
Although Room for Tea is for anyone, the intended beneficiaries are aspiring interns or apprentices and older isolated people. Room for Tea intends to not only generate an income stream for older people but also to reduce social isolation among the elderly and to increase intergenerational contact. As part of the agreement between the guest and the host is to cook for each other some nights and to have a cup of tea together regularly.
The Room for Tea team vets hosts and guests, matches the guests with the hosts and is a point of contact for any sort of questions. For this it charges a small fee that covers these administrative costs to sustain the venture.