One of Scotland’s most innovative housing associations will this week address delegates from across the world at a conference in Spain showcasing their research which they hope will provide a unique approach in the development and design of services to more closely meet the needs of their residents.
In the organisations 40th year, Hanover will address delegates at the International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in San Sebastian this Wednesday (3 April) describing new research which will put older residents at the heart of shaping Hanover Scotland’s future housing and services.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Helen Murdoch, Chief Executive of Hanover Scotland said:
“I am very proud that Hanover Scotland is the only Scottish Housing Association to be invited to present at ICIC19, particularly in our 40th anniversary year.”
“We know from our 40 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading providers of social housing that the needs of older people have changed radically, so we challenged ourselves by asking, ‘how can we make sure we’re providing the right services and how do we better involve residents in shaping those services in the future?”
The presentation will discuss the initial challenge Hanover Scotland set itself about how to tackle the growing problem of loneliness and isolation in older people.
This question led to detailed qualitative empirical research being undertaken in partnership with The International Foundation for Integrated Care Scotland and involved speaking directly to 70 residents at 26 developments across Scotland from Paisley to Grantown-on-Spey.
Helen Murdoch explains:
“We want to help our residents live the lives they want. We want to promote their wellbeing, enabling them to live as healthy independent lives as possible and will encourage and assist their participation and involvement as they choose in their communities.”
“We believe that personal and community resilience underpins this. This has been shown to help older people cope better in later life and we feel this must be a key resource in our provision of an environment where our residents can flourish and achieve optimum wellbeing. Our project has great potential to develop and strengthen this.”
“It is about greater social connectedness. This improves resilience and research in 2011 by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights the importance of connectedness of older people in combating debilitating loneliness.”
Notes to Editors
For more information, contact Graeme Downie on 07973 300 184 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video / Skype interviews with Helen Murdoch can be arranged.
About the Research
Additional quotes from residents include:
- “You’ve got the freedom to do what you want. There’s a lot going on, you don’t have to be lonely.” – Hanover Scotland resident in Aviemore
- “I used to go in and have a cup of tea and a blether every single day and there would be about 5 or 6 of us did that but it doesn’t happen now.” – Hanover Scotland Resident in Bishopbriggs.
About Hanover (Scotland)
- Hanover is one of Scotland’s largest housing associations for older people, managing more than 5,000 properties for tenants and owners and providing commercial services to more than 40,000 people.
- Hanover’s hosing stock includes sheltered, very sheltered, housing with care, amenity and owner occupied properties.
- Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd is a Scottish charity (SC014738) and Registered Property Factor (00140)
- For more information, visit: www.hanover.scot/