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The event questioned outdated perceptions of care of the elderly, defined challenges to attaining best practice and looked at the future of Extra Care and older people’s accommodation in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