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Dementia-friendly housing charter

Alzheimers Society  Dementia-friendly housing charter Publication date: March 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This.. charter seeks to make the housing sector including housing organisations, corporate bodies and sector professionals aware of the challenges of living with dementia so that

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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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Being disabled in Britain

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal Published: 2017 Ranked: useful In the EHRC’s words: “Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and

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Building the right home

Amy Swan, Housing Lead for the Transforming Care Programme. Local Government Association, NHS England and Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Building the right home Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: Useful Guidance for commissioners of health and care services for children,

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Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Planning, Urban Design

Briefing – Accessible housing standards 2015

Habinteg Accessible housing standards 2015 – briefing Publication date: November 205 Ranking: essential Using a simple chart and symbol format this guide runs through the changes between the Lifetime Homes standards and the latest 2015 Building Regulations Approved Document M4 (2),

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Comparison of European accessible housing standards

European Federation for Living (EFL) Accessible housing in different European countries: comparison leaflet Publication date: unknown Ranking: useful This leaflet sets out the differences between standards in the UK and Finland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It lists examples of

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Accessible housing design ideas

European Federation for Living (EFL) The Housing and Design Centre of Finland EFL Design Competition 2015-2016: Jury Report and The Book of Designs Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Alongside describing the winners and commendations in the competition, this report outlines

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Loneliness, health and housing design

DEMOS and McCarthy and Stone By Claudia Wood and Jo Salter of DEMOS Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life Publication date: April 2016 Ranking: useful This report “… explores why it might be that older people

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Even more HAPPI

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN. Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency All party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people. HAPPI 3 Housing our aging population: Positive ideas Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This third report

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When cars are good!

Written by Nigel Appleton, Contact Consulting, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old age Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This briefing reviews the literature around the significance of car ownership

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Building better places

House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.  Building Better Places Publication date: February 2016 Ranking: useful This report covers the findings of the Select Committee. The Committee commented: “(the) …cumulative effect of progressively diluting the capacity

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Adapting your home

Age UK Adapting your home: Services and equipment to help you stay living at home Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This useful guide is aimed at disabled people wanting to make adaptations or improvements to their homes to make them

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Making a house a home

Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Making a house a home: Local Authorities and disabled adaptations Publication date: March 2016 Ranking: useful This report highlights some of the issues raised with the LGO when the process goes wrong, and the impact this

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Breaking point

Muscular Dystrophy UK Breaking Point: the crisis in accessible housing and adaptations Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Accessible housing and adaptations are vital in enabling disabled people and their families to have the same quality of life and independence as

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Housing standards 2015

Habinteg HA Briefing: 7 points about the new Housing Standards 2015 Publication date: October 2015 Ranking: essential This valuable briefing from Habinteg explains the policy context and implementation plan for the new Housing Standards. It will be of particular use to anyone

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Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit

Habinteg and Town and Country Planning Association Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The introduction states: “This toolkit has been assembled to help planners to plan and secure delivery of accessible homes.” The document describes: The process

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Best kept secrets

Your home’s best kept secrets Style and décor design advice is available everywhere. But here’s something you may not see a lot about. The Big Opportunity is all about the top 10 features in your house that we think you

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Small plot, big technology

Papworth Trust Small plot, big technology in accessible bungalow design Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful. The Papworth Trust have constructed two space-saving bungalows in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. They are an example of how to create accessible accommodation with a focus

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National housing standards

Dept. for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Accessible housing standards Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential A range of new standards for the construction of  residential development have been introduced. Many issues relating to the way they will be implemented and

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Superdensity

Superdensity – The sequel Written and published by HTA Design LLP, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP Architect in partnership with David Birkbeck of Design for Homes. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful Building on Living at Superdensity, this report shows through a series of essays

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Top of the ladder

DEMOS, Claudia Wood. Top of the ladder Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful “This report brings together the evidence regarding the UK’s ‘next housing crisis’ – the chronic under supply of appropriate housing for older people. While all eyes are on those struggling to

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Case study 4: Deck access, balconies and bungalows

Housing LIN Deck access, balconies and bungalows: new trends in HAPPI award winning buildings, by David Birbeck  Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in

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Accessible and adaptable housing

British Standards Institute (BSI) Design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing – Code of practice BS 9266:2013 Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This publication sets detailed standards to show how its possible to design housing suitable for everyone’s needs. BS

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Housing design guidance

Housing design guidance inclusive design resource Housing LIN Publication date: various Rank: useful This website resource offers useful publications on different aspects of inclusive design that may assist in the design, development and commissioning of housing. They include research around neighbourhood

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Design Principles for Extra Care

Housing LIN Publication date: February 2008 Ranking: useful This fact sheet gives essential basic information about key design principles and issues to consider when designing and developing a brief for a new Extra Care Scheme. Case studies illustrate the variety

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Improving the design of housing to assist people with dementia

The Dementia Centre Publication date: 2013  Ranking: useful Most people with dementia live in the community, initially with the help of relatives and friends, and latterly with support from health and social work. As a result, people with dementia live

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Developing age-friendly cities: Policy challenges and options

Housing LIN Publication date: October 2012 Ranking: useful This viewpoint provides a ‘tour de force’ on the development of age-friendly cities within a global urban context. It suggests that the approaches adopted in the UK require better understanding and elaboration

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Future perfect, designer labels for an ageing society

Housing LIN Publication date: December 2013 Ranking: useful The Housing LIN has published a selection of resources that consider in detail the built environment and the physical design criteria that can meet the housing needs and lifestyle choices of older

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Putting Inclusive Design into Practice

Housing LIN Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In a society which has an ageing population and, for the first time, has more older people than younger people, there is a compelling need to do much more to improve the accessibility

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Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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BME Housing design protocol

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful The document was produced to represent an agreed approach to the design development process for delivering housing, which is flexible in design to meet the needs of BME households. Whilst there was

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Older People: New Kids on the Block

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful The report’s author emphasises that despite good intentions, little housing for older people is being planned or built and a clear starting point must be a much better understanding of older people’s housing needs. The

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Accessible thresholds in new buildings: guidance for house builders and designers

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful The aim of the guide is to suggest solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, whilst minimising the

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Lifetime Homes and Part M 2004

Habinteg and Joseph Rowntree Foundation A comparison of each of the 16 Lifetime Homes Design Criteria with the relevant requirements of the Building Regulation Approved Document M (Part M) is listed under each Lifetime Home Criterion 1-16. This comparison will assist in the assessment of

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Housing Sight

RNIB Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful A best practice guide to building accessible homes for people with sight loss. The guide has been formed by the views of people with sight loss and professionals in the field. Housing Sight is

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Homes for our old age – Independent living by design

Design Council, based on research commissioned by the Department of Health, conducted by the Women’s Design Service and the University of the West of England. Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful The report will be of interest to those who commission,

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The way we live now: What people expect from their homes

Ipsos MORI/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This research project has been commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the RIBA for the independent Future Homes Commission’s investigation into how the UK can build enough of the right kind

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