Senior Lecturer in Housing and Environmental Health, Dr Jill Stewart, has received funding from the Association of London Environmental Health Managers (Alehm) to investigate the support available for older people including those at risk of dementia. Her research aims to give good recommendations for local authorities to implement, in order to improve the care given to those who are at risk of dementia.
"Our research will develop an accurate picture of what is happening in London and also highlight what works well so that councils across the Capital, or even nationally, can adapt good practice for their local needs.” Dr Jill Stewart.
As part of the research, Dr Stewart and her team will carry out a literature review exploring private sector housing service delivery to older people, an online survey to capture the current picture of what is happening across London and follow up interviews.
“Anecdotally we know that some excellent support is available to help older people continue living in their home. Unfortunately we are also aware that some people are not receiving the care they need. Not only does this impact negatively on their individual situation - their health may suffer and they may end up going into a care home earlier than necessary which may even mean being separated from their spouse – it also ends up costing the council more. Care homes are far more expensive than adapting home environments and this option is often not want people want or need.", Dr Stewart says.
“Therefore our research will develop an accurate picture of what is happening in London and also highlight what works well so that councils across the Capital, or even nationally, can adapt good practice for their local needs.”