This week we have a blog from the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium which is written by Yasmeen Hussein, Policy Executive at Foundations and member of the Dementia and Housing Working Group (D&HWG). They are looking at the Dementia Information Hub – your go-to place for dementia friendly guidance. Over to Yasmeen:
Produced by the D&HWG, the Dementia Information Hub padlet is an exciting new resource which acts as a noticeboard for all things dementia related. The padlet shares information for policy makers, research professionals, housing developers, health and care professionals, those living with dementia and their carers, the home improvement sector, and building environment supply chains.
We are doing this work because there are multiple resources available and it’s difficult to know where to go to find the latest dementia-specific guidance, so this resource aims to centralise the information on an easy-to-navigate online noticeboard.
The padlet also aims to support the delivery of Recommendation 34 of The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People Report ‘Housing for people with dementia – are we ready?’ by improving collaboration via a go-to resource that shares information in this area. The APPG inquiry set out to explore the policy changes needed to help people with dementia to remain living independently in their homes for as long as possible.
The padlet does what it says on the tin by providing a space to inform and educate. It enables a constant flow of new information whilst also letting users scroll through older posts, meaning that it is an excellent starting point for those looking to learn more about dementia.
It’s free to use and free to embed onto your website, as well as the other bonuses of being user friendly, easy-to-navigate and providing space for user feedback too.
Why get involved?
- You can benefit from having your organisation’s work showcased on this powerful and comprehensive resource.
- You can share the padlet resources with your colleagues, residents, service users etc. as a weblink or QR code.
- It is an important part of dementia friendly readiness as it shows that you are able to guide users to best practice resources.
- You can embed the resources onto your own website.
What are the next steps?
- If you have any information that you feel should be represented on the padlet, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or you can post information about your services or guidance yourself (we approve it before it goes live). Simply click on the ‘plus’ sign on the padlet.
- Embed the padlet onto your own website (we can share the html code).
Have your say, share your work – get ahead of the curve and get on the dementia information hub. By sharing and pooling information, we are all able to become more informed together.
We will be holding the official launch of the padlet on Tuesday 31st May, 4.00-5.15pm, via a Housing LIN Happi Hour. Details about the event will be posted on the Housing LIN website forthcoming events page in due course.
Thanks to Yasmeen for telling us about the Dementia Information Hub padlet.
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