Dementia and housing

The quality of life for someone living with dementia is affected by where and how they live. The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (2015) states that, by 2020 we wish to see an increased number of people with dementia being able to live longer in their own homes when it is in their interests to do so, with a greater focus on independent living.

Two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community in a range of different housing types. Most live in mainstream housing, with a third living on their own.  

The British Standards Institute and the Alzheimer’s Society have developed a Code of Practice for the housing sector. It identifies key areas that will help to support people living with dementia. They include:

Supporting people with dementia in different types of housing

This section looks at different housing options available for people living with dementia and how people can be supported where they choose to live. It is important that people have access to information and advice to make the right choice for them at the right time.

Design, adaptation and outdoor space

Dementia-friendly design, and adaptations and improvements to the home can support the wellbeing and independence of a person living with dementia. Outdoor space should also be considered when designing the built environment.

Assisitive technology

A collection of resources which show how assistive technology can help people with dementia to live more independently at home, increasing their safety and quality of life. It covers any equipment or technology that increases a person’s safety, improves their quality of life and helps them live more independently at home.

Dementia-friendly workforce

Developing better understanding of dementia in the housing workforce and training of all staff in the housing sector appropriate to the settings in which they work and their roles.