Preventing isolation in sheltered housing: Challenges in an era of reduced support funding
Gray, A. (2017). Preventing isolation in sheltered housing: Challenges in an era of reduced support funding. Working with Older People. 21 (3), pp. 186-194.
© 2017 Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to inform the policies of sheltered housing providers with regard to preventing isolation amongst residents and generating practical support between them, particularly in the current period of reduced funding for housing support. Design/methodology/approach - The paper reports a postal survey of 120 residents across eight estates, focus groups on these and eight other estates and survey responses from 326 estate managers. Findings - Childless residents are especially vulnerable to lack of support, depending on friends or on paid care. Those estates with a rich array of organised social activities generated more support and friendships amongst neighbours than those with few activities. Managers perform an important service in generating and supporting social activities, but their role is diminishing and restricted by short hours on site. Residents' groups need capacity-building support to organise more by themselves. Cross-generational contacts are particularly valuable but residents need help to access them outside of their own families. Research limitations/implications - Certain forms of group activity which are the most valuable in terms of promoting mental stimulation and exercise are rarely organised by residents' groups without staff support. Originality/value - How to generate mutual aid between residents is an important objective for housing providers in a period of reduced funding for staff time and of severe constraints on social care budgets.
|Journal||Working with Older People|
|Journal citation||21 (3), pp. 186-194|
|Publisher||London South Bank University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1108/WWOP-05-2017-0011|
|11 Sep 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||05 Dec 2017|
|Accepted||01 Jan 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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