Improving care for older residents

Experts helping older residents enjoy greater comfort, freedom and independence in later life joined forces last week as Notting Hill Housing hosted the quarterly Housing LIN London meeting.

Topics discussed at the Housing Learning and Improvement Network event included the Dementia Friendly Housing Charter, how to ensure the right care for LGBT older people and the incredibly popular Standing Together programme, which sees groups of older residents get to know each other over a number of weeks and learn about each others lives and passions.

There was also a conversation about how organisations have reacted to the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Speakers included Dr Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes of Housing and Care 21, Tina Wathern of Stonewall Housing Association and Jeremy Porteus, Director of Housing LIN.

There was also a presentation on the design of Cheviot Gardens, Notting Hill Housing’s extra care service in West Norwood, which hosted the event. Guests were then invited on a tour of the development, led by current residents who spoke of their delight at the high-quality homes and communal areas.

Linda Strong, Assistant Director of Notting Hill Pathways, our care and support arm, said: “We are proud to have hosted the latest Housing LIN meeting at out Cheviot Gardens development. The work undertaken by Housing LIN ensures its members have the information and know the best practice to provide the very best care for older residents wherever they live.

“It was an extra treat for us all that our residents were happy to give up their time to lead tours around Cheviot Gardens for those who attended. Everyone enjoyed seeing the development up close and hearing from those living there how it is improving lives and providing greater independence.”