Integration between Housing, Care and Health
Kings Fund and National Housing Network - 'Integrated Housing, Care and Health'
The Kings Fund and the National Housing Federation recently ran a joint housing network on integrated housing, care and health. They have now released a document that shows how housing associations and other organisations have an important role to play with the NHS and care sector in improving and maintaining people's health. Please find this document attached above
The document outlines that housing organisations have a 'key role' in the management of people's long term conditions, such as hearing, sight and mobility problems, and learning or physical disabilities, through adaptations, supportive housing and personal care.
It also highlights the importance of a settled home in good mental health. With one in four people in England experiencing a mental health problem, costing the NHS of £14bn a year, housing organisations can reduce this drain on resources by offering accommodation and support to people in recovery, signposting people to community-based Mental Health services, and working with mental health providers to ensure treatment is provided in an the most appropriate setting.
Furthermore, it suggests that Housing associations can play an important role in reducing social isolation for residents. Indeed, the recent Combating Loneliness guide for Local Authorities refers to a review that found loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by around 30%, and another study which revealed loneliness can be more harmful to health than smoking 30 cigarettes a day. Interventions such as befriending and community schemes can improve well-being and reduce pressure on NHS and social care services.
Finally, with one in three social housing residents being over the age of 65, the document highlights how falls prevention and dementia-champion training is critical in helping people to stay well and maintain independence as they grow older.
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