Room for Life
We are looking for volunteers to participate in a new project to meet the needs of Kent's older and vulnerable population.
The 'Room for Life' (known in the Netherlands as Living Room) involves volunteers taking up residence in 2 flats in Folkestone. The flats provide an advanced care environment, the first of its kind in the UK. Developed with partners in the Netherlands, the project aims to improve quality of life and support independent living for the county's senior residents.
During their time in the flats, residents will:
- learn more about technology that can help them live more independently
- learn about adaptations to homes
- take part in enablement activities
- learn about the roles of services in their area and receive support to access these
- receive support in accessing activities in the community such as library services, book clubs and creative activities.
With the help of experts, participants will explore future needs through diaries, testing activities, interviews and reflecting on experiences. Our findings will be shared with our partners in the Netherlands to develop an action plan for healthy ageing. This project is being run as part of the Integrated Care Pioneer Programme and with our partners in the Netherlands.
On 4 September 2016 the Pioneer Team attended the Ageless Thanet event at St Georges school in Broadstairs to promote 'Room for Life' and a new scheme 'Home for Life'.