Designing homes for healthy cognitive ageing

The project is funded by the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI’s) healthy ageing challenge as part of the Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme. Running between March 2021 and February 2024, DesHCA represents a rare opportunity to draw together stakeholders from across the UK to investigate how our homes can support us as we age.

DesHCA’s scope allows us to examine each part of the housing cycle, from exploring how houses could be designed and built to provide more support to the people living inside them, to working with local authorities and housing providers to explore how retrofitted adaptations could be provided to support vulnerable people in society to have a better quality of life within their own home.

Our mission is to identify innovative, sustainable, and scalable design options that will allow people to easily and affordably adapt their homes to support them as they age. Our research forefronts the experiences and needs of older people with and without cognitive impairment, while drawing together professionals from across industry, local government, and the third sector to tackle one of the most significant challenges facing our society.

Exploring this website will give you a change to find out more about our project, read about our past and future events and hear about the different opportunities for you to get involved, as well as access our evidence-based resources as we develop them.

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