Research to examine COVID impact on extra care and retirement villages


Extra care housing and retirement village operators in England are being urged to take part in a research project that will examine the impact of COVID-19 on their services.

Led by St Monica Trust, in partnership with the Housing Learning & Improvement Network, the RE-COV research project seeks to better understand the experiences of these services, and their residents and staff, during the pandemic.

An invitation to participate in the research is being sent to the 280 operators managing 1,400 retirement villages and extra care housing schemes across England.

Findings from the project will be shared with housing and care providers, so they can be used to inform practice, planning and requirements relating to the current pandemic, as well as for pandemics occurring in the future.

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The results will also be shared with government as the best evidence of the role operators of extra care housing and retirement villages have played in seeking to keep their residents safe and maintain their health and wellbeing.

There are two surveys, the first of which is intended to be completed by each retirement village and extra care housing operator to provide data at an organisational in terms of the impact and response to COVID-19. The link to this survey can be found here.

The supplementary site survey is intended to be completed, if possible, for each site that an operator has. The link to this survey can be found here.

Caption: Middleton Hall retirement village

Sarah Clarke

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