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Integrating housing and health

One of the main challenges for health and social care is prevention: preventing people’s health from deteriorating; reducing hospital admissions and providing alternatives to hospital for people recovering from health interventions. Key to this is providing services in the community, or directly in people’s homes, and working closely in partnership with health services. We believe that there are numerous opportunities to improve people’s health by re-imagining the potential of housing.

One of the ways we do this at Genesis is providing Extra Care services. These purpose-built properties are adapted to the needs of an older population including wheelchair accessible accommodation, adaptable kitchens and communal restaurants and leisure facilities.

Extra Care services also offer on-site care and support which can help people to remain independent. This includes a ‘wellbeing service’ which provides care as and when needed, helping people to manage their needs and avoid higher cost interventions like emergency care.

We also provide ‘Intermediate services’ within our Extra Care schemes. These are services specifically designed to help people who have been discharged from hospital but are not yet able to live independently. We help them to rebuild confidence and regain strength over a period of weeks or months and, when ready, support their move back home.

Over time, we envision working more closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Reablement teams to prove even more seamless services.

You can also read about our pilots on assistive technologies.

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