Case Study: Integration through Partnership: Inspirational housing for older people

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Case study from Birmingham City Council: Integration through Partnership:  Inspirational housing for older people

In June 2015, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust released the results of a three-year research study with Birmingham’s Aston University, involving 195 residents and an external control group.

Findings show that for people living in the Birmingham Villages and across ExtraCare’s Schemes and Villages:

  • Residents experienced a significant reduction in the duration of unplanned hospital stays, from 8-14 days to 1-2 days.
  • Routine GP appointments for residents fell 46% after a year. Numbers of people with clinical levels of depression fell by 64.3% over 18 months.
  • The cost of providing higher-level social care was £4,556 less (26% less) per person per year than providing the same level of care in the wider community.
  • NHS costs for residents were cut by 38% over 12 months compared with their costs when they first moved in.
  • In-depth, ‘autobiographical’ memory improved by 10.1% for residents after 18 months.

Birmingham Village Case Study

Winifred McLaren:  ‘I am so happy’, says 83-year-old great grandmother Winifred McLaren, whose life has been transformed since she moved into ExtraCare’s Hagley Road Village in Birmingham. ‘Each person you pass says ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’ and it makes so much difference. It makes you feel so much better. You can have a little talk and a little laugh. I feel so content.’

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