Housing and care options training

The need to consider housing and care options together continues to grow. Year on year, more and more people are asking their local council for help or funding with care, support, and housing options, but each year fewer people receive this help.

Under the Care Act 2014, English councils must provide information and advice to everyone in the local area, about the care, support, health and housing that’s available. They must tell everyone assessed under the Act what will help reduce, delay or prevent their needs for care and/or support – such as:

  • local care options, disability benefits, and what’s available from the NHS
  • available housing and housing-related support options
  • home improvement agencies, handyman or maintenance services.

This training session is for organisations and individuals interested in providing or already involved in delivering Housing and Care Options Information and Advice.

Outline of the day

This 1-day specialist training course will run for up to 15 participants. It starts promptly at 10.30am and finishes at 3.00pm. There will be a 30 minute lunch break, and 2 short comfort breaks in the morning and afternoon. It covers:

Care and Support at home:

- mainstream options

- small scale, and potentially very local options

- the cheap, the cheerful, the obvious, and the ‘hadn’t thought of that’

- the ‘sharing economy’

- the (sometimes unexpected) roles of designers and entrepreneurs
- technological possibilities

Moving on - the range of options:

- mainstream housing options

- almshouses, and Abbeyfield

- Shared Lives, Homeshare, and Cohousing

- retirement housing, supported housing, sheltered/extra care housing

- care/nursing homes

  • Outline of state funding for care and support (from councils and the NHS)
  • How to research and find out about local options
  • Supporting people who are weighing up their choices
  • Discussions, questions, case studies.

The course is delivered by Lorna Easterbrook, on behalf of Foundations – www.lornaeasterbrookconsultancy.com.

Aims of the day

Participants will gain a good understanding of the range of housing, care, and other support options for adults in England and the way the state supports services financially via benefits, means-tested systems, and NHS funding. Newer services, different approaches, and emerging trends will be highlighted. Discussions will be based on real case studies, with opportunities for participants to share their experiences around housing and care options information and advice, and to discuss issues and cases that are most important for them.

About the Trainer

Lorna’s professional life includes working for a Care & Repair Home Improvement Agency in Rhymney Valley, south Wales; as Age UK’s community care expert; and as Fellow in Community Care at the King’s Fund. She has worked independently since 2000. Her work continues to cover housing, care, and health; and includes training, writing, research, community development; policy analysis, service reviews and evaluations. She is an Associate of Community Catalysts, and a Trustee of Care & Repair England.

To arrange an in-house course or to register interest in an open course, please send an email to info@foundations.uk.com