KINDER COMMUNITIES

Supporting the move to retirement communities

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We want to learn from residents and staff about the support currently offered to people when they move to a retirement community, and what kinds of resources and tools we could co-create to support new residents as they move to a retirement community. We will also use this project as an opportunity to develop ideas for how we can make retirement communities kinder places to live in.

 

WHAT WILL THE PROJECT INVOLVE?

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STAFF QUESTIONNAIRE

We will be asking staff who have worked at retirement communities to answer questions about how they currently support residents, the kinds of tools and resources they think would be most useful in supporting people making the move to a community and how we can make retirement communities kinder.

A link to the questionnaire will be provided here once we have ethical approval from the University of Surrey.

RESIDENT QUESTIONNAIRE

We will be working with five retirement communities to promote a questionnaire to their residents that will ask about the advice they would give to themselves if they were to move to a new community now, what helped (and hindered) them in adjusting to life in the community, the kinds of tools and resources they would find the most useful in supporting other residents making a move and suggestions for ways to make communities kinder.

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KNOWLEDGE-EXCHANGE EVENTS

We will hold knowledge-exchange events with residents and staff across 5 retirement communities to discuss how we can support people making the move to a retirement community and make communities kinder places to live in.