Francis Philippa has a background in Community housing services and joined Foundations the National Body for Home Improvement Services in 2006. Francis has worked with HIAs for 25 years, provided services through two HIA and has been linking delayed discharges of care to housing responses for over 20 years.
His role for Foundations is to ensure that person-centred, place based solutions are at the heart of local collaborative housing services and to advise national policy makers on the benefit of a healthy home and adapted housing on individual resilience. He provides the secretariat of the Health and Housing National MOU which commits a range of government departments, professional bodies and housing organisations to work better together in order to ensure that the place people live helps them stay healthy, safe and in control. It is what drives his interest in ensuring that the homes of people with dementia and their carers reflect changing need. He is a member of the Dementia and Housing Working Group which articulates a better response from the housing sector to the Prime Minister’s Dementia 2020 Challenge and is committed to raise the awareness, skills and expertise of housing professionals in relation to cognitive change.
People over the age of 80 are set to triple 20 years. Half of those aged 85 and over currently experience some form of Dementia or cognitive decline. The seminar will look at how prepared the housing sector is in meeting the needs of this growing cohort. It will provide some examples of best practice and seek to agree the next steps we have to take to meet the challenge.