Bridging the Gap between Health & Housing

Increasingly, people working in both the housing and health sectors
are looking for ways to bridge the gap between their respective
organisations and offer better solutions for those in need of care and

As this film shows, the Extra Care Housing model in particular has
great potential to reduce the pressure on hospitals by offering
temporary, supported accommodation that encourages independence and
recovery, while also offering patients an experience of an alternative
living environment.

We hear from representatives of both sectors on their strategies for
better, integrated working across professional boundaries, and the
importance of recognising the individual’s wants as well as their needs.
And finally, a resident at the Homebridge unit at Farrow Court in
Ashford talks about how the service has helped him back on the road to

Directed and produced by Chris Powell for the Housing LIN, this
series was made possible by the generous support of these organisations:

Thanks also to Dr. Robert Stewart of the Design & Learning
Centre for Clinical & Social Innovation in Kent, Sharon Williams of
Ashford Borough Council, David Worrall of Lambeth Borough Council, Orbit
Group and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their help in
making this film.

Previous films in the ‘Spotlight on Extra Care Housing’ video series include:

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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