Green­woods takes jour­ney into care for el­derly

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

PETER­BOR­OUGH-based Green­woods So­lic­i­tors LLP has hosted a two-day event look­ing at de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing the pro­vi­sion of ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­lated ser­vices for older peo­ple

The hous­ing so­lic­i­tors co­hosted A Jour­ney Through Ex­tra Care – the peo­ple, the places, the fu­ture– at the Cam­bridge Bel­fry Ho­tel, Cam­bourne, near Cam­bridge, with ex­tra-care con­struc­tion and re­fur­bish­ment spe­cial­ist Bra­mall Con­struc­tion.

The event – the first of its kind in the East­ern re­gion – was sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Health and the Hous­ing Learn­ing and Im­prove­ment Net­work.

More than 170 hous­ing prac­ti­tion­ers at­tended, in­clud­ing hous­ing pro­vi­sion, hous­ing man­age­ment, care and sup­port and strat­egy and plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als. There were also del­e­gates from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and AL­MOs (arms length man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions).

The event ques­tioned out­dated per­cep­tions of care of the el­derly, de­fined chal­lenges to at­tain­ing best prac­tice and looked at the fu­ture of Ex­tra Care and older peo­ple’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in the UK.

The key­note ad­dress was given by Pro­fes­sor Ge­orge Giarchi, of the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth, who spe­cialises in the study of so­cial geron­tol­ogy and ethics.

Gra­ham Cooper, as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor and head of hous­ing at Green­woods LLP, said: “The Jour­ney Through Ex­tra Care event chal­lenged both the­ory and prac­tice in Ex­tra Care through high-cal­i­bre speak­ers and a con­tri­bu­tion from in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed geron­tol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Giarchi.”

Glen Ea­ton, busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager at Bra­mall Con­struc­tion, added: “Our East of Eng­land au­di­ence has ex­pe­ri­enced the first event of its scale in the re­gion on the hugely salient is­sue of the fu­ture of Ex­tra Care.

“Given the coun­try’s in­creas­ingly age­ing pop­u­la­tion, get­ting the pro­vi­sion of hous­ing and ser­vices for the el­derly right is more im­por­tant now and in the fu­ture than it ever was. This event has gone

age-old ques­tions: Pic­tured from left, at the Jour­ney Through Ex­tra Care event are Green­woods’ head of hous­ing Gra­ham Cooper, Jeremy Por­te­ous of the Depart­ment of Health, Pro­fes­sor Giarchi and Neil Bax­ter and John Walsh of Bra­mall.

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