Extra care schemes help older people remain independent. But they also aim to provide social opportunities that prevent residents feeling isolated.
This research, which examined how social well-being developed in 15 new-build housing schemes, revealed the following:
- Communal facilities and a diverse range of organised activities need to be available when schemes open as they help residents interact
- Residents involved in running social activities found it gave them ownership of their social lives, supported their independence and encouraged others to join in
- Adequate staff time and resources to support social activities are crucial at the start of a scheme but also over time as some residents become frailer