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Housing and health: building the evidence base

Liz Cairncross and Jeremy Porteous, HousingLIN. Housing and health: building the evidence base Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This paper provides a review of the evidence base in relation to projects and pilot initiatives across the UK

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Posted in Health, Housing

An environment for all ages

Kt-equal A built environment for all ages Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful Notes of a workshop held in 2010 looking at evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance long term health and well-being for people who use them regularly.

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Health, Landscaping, Urban Design

Why you can’t ignore dementia and tourism

National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Dementia: Why is it important for tourism? In their words: “This brief guide, is designed to give businesses in the visitor economy advice, information and resources on becoming dementia friendly. The NCTA has produced

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Posted in Accommodation, Health, Private Sector, Service Provision

What is dementia?

Alzheimer’s Society Publication date: 2013 (review due August 2016) Ranking: essential What is dementia? This factsheet explains what dementia is, including the causes and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also looks at some of the different

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Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

Produced by Williams Lea for the Department of Health Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 The former Prime Minister David Cameron launched the initial dementia challenge in 2012. The document sets out a number of goals

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Posted in Disability, Health

Lighting and colour for hospital design

A report on an NHS Estates funded research project Authors: Hilary Dalke, Paul J Littlefair, David L Loe, N Camoz BRE, London South Bank University. TSO London Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful This definitive publication brings together all the aspects of

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Posted in Health

The patient experience

King’s Fund Centre Improving the patient experience: Developing supportive design for people with dementia Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful   The report addresses the ways the environment can be used to support people living with dementia in health settings. Its forms

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Great places to go

Case studies – index North Somerset Equality and Diversity Team Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Here are both buildings and spaces that show how good inclusive design can be achieved in practice. The cases are not all brand new buildings and

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Health, Project Management, Service Provision

Landscape Design for Dementia Care

Housing LIN Publication date: July 2013 Ranking: useful This Factsheet is intended to be used as a tool to further debate on the subject of design for dementia care in the specialist housing sector. The principles of landscape design for

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Landscaping, Urban Design

Ways for staff to consult people with dementia about services

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Previous research has demonstrated that, given the right support, individuals with dementia can express opinions about services. However, staff need help with identifying and using opportunities for meaningful consultation. This study by

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Posted in Consultation, Health, Service Provision

Improving the public’s health

The Kings Fund Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health as part of the government’s 2012 health and social care reforms. While this is a welcome move, there are as yet few

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Neighbourhoods for Life: Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

Oxford Brookes University Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The number of older people in the UK is rising dramatically, particularly in the age group of 85 years and above. As the likelihood of developing dementia increases with age, reaching a one

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Planning, Urban Design

City health check

RIBA Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Do our cities support healthy, active choices on a daily basis? Does the architecture and urban design of our cities impact on public health? In this health check the RIBA report compares three serious

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Posted in Auditing, Design Standards (Environment), Health, Urban Design

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Hospice Environmental Assessment Tool

Princes Foundation/The Kings Fund Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful This audit tool supports the design guidance on hospices to be found in “Principles of hospice design”.  It is also is of relevance to anyone working on designing for people with

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Principles of hospice design

Princes Foundation/The Kings Fund Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The document sets out the principles that arose from a design competition to describes the requirements for a well designed hospice. It builds on research undertaken by the The Kings Fund

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You’re Welcome – self assessment tollkit

NHS Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful A self-assessment tool originally for NHS services to see what to do to be “young people friendly” and more appropriate to the needs of young people, as detailed in the NHS quality criteria. The toolkit

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Ethnicity and child poverty

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 576 Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful This report uses a multiplicity of approaches and sources to build up as detailed

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Posted in Health, Religion & Belief