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Housing and dementia care – a scoping review of the literature

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This paper reports the findings of a scoping study designed to describe the evidence base with regard to housing provision for elderly people with dementia with the aim of identifying gaps in existing knowledge. This report from the scoping study findings covers studies of housing and accommodation in relation to dementia that have been published in the UK since the early 1980s, although we draw on limited aspects of overseas research to illuminate issues missing from the UK research agenda. The results reveal a significant number of research gaps in the UK context, most notably in relation to end-of-life care for people with dementia and the effectiveness of integrated and segregated facilities. UK policy regarding the development of extra-care housing also neglects the long-term future of people with dementia. A more robust evidence base will be required, combining a variety of methodological approaches, if UK dementia research is to contribute to future housing policy developments.

Keywords: dementia; housing; scoping study

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department for Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, York, UK and 2: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York, York, UK

Publication date: November 1, 2005


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