Launch of the DWELL/ HousingLIN ‘Fit for Ageing’ one-day workshop

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The University of Sheffield and the Housing LIN are delighted announce this forthcoming workshop, presentation of research findings, and exhibition of co-design work from the EPSRC-funded DWELL project.

The aim of this event is to explore the changing role of the built environment in supporting the well-being and mobility of an ageing population. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a range of professionals to come together (built-environment, planning, design, health, community development, housing, and commissioning) to explore how creative design-led thinking can be applied to age-friendly places – with the aim of developing new visions for our towns and cities and joining up diverse resources at time of shrinking budgets.

Date: 6th October 2016, 10.00-16.30
Venue: Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP (5 min walk from Sheffield Station)
Programme: Download the Fit for Ageing outline programme here.

To register for this event please visit the registration page on the Housing LIN website at:

http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/ForthcomingEvents/HousingEventDetail/?eventID=869

Please note that you will also be prompted to register as member of the HousingLIN network when you book a place (registration is free).

We hope to see you in October – it would be great if you could join us.

One thought on “Launch of the DWELL/ HousingLIN ‘Fit for Ageing’ one-day workshop

  • August 23, 2016 at 8:16 am
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    I do hope these discussions will tackle the bad design currently being applied to extra care housing units. There is not enough cognisance taken of the electric wheelchair user, rooms are too small to use one comfortably without flats becoming like prisons. The building regs M4(3) are useless in this regard stating that 1.2m at the end of a bed is enough for turning it is not, a minimum of 1.5m is needed so that all types of wheelchairs can use the space not just small manual. To allow for safe working room by care-workers and enough space for a hospital bed plus other single bed as many couples with a chair users need a min 4m x 4m bedroom is needed. Also lounges that are narrower than 4m do not allow for freedom of movement by a chair user. All extra care units should assume use by a wheelchair users and put in accessible bathroom sinks / wash areas, accessible kitchens as standard not as an expensive after thought. Carpets in common areas stop manual chair users from being more independent. Choice of tables in dining areas preclude some wheelchair users from sitting at rather than vaguely near the table. All units need 2 wash areas, many people are living with immunity compromise and it is dicing with serious cross infection for care workers to use the same facilities as the caree. Reliance on hand-gel in between calls is not sufficient, not all bacteria is killed by such. Storage in extra care units both inside and out side of the flats is often totally inadequate, no where to put specialised physio equipment such as tilt tables etc. Having all the office communal facilities on the ground floor often takes up space that could be used for higher spec fully compliant wheelchair accessible units. Lifts need to be fully accessible to all chair users and be big enough to take an ambulance trolley. During evacuation there needs to be a back up to the lift to get ppl out quickly. Stay put Fire policies are a joke if smoke can get under ppl’s doors, smoke kills. Wish I could be at your seminar as we are living a nightmare of bad design.

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