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Japan learns from Extra Care in Richmond

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Published by Eddie for Richmond Housing Partnership Limited in Housing and also in Care and Support, Health

Japanese research team at RHP's Dean Road Extra Care Scheme Japanese research team at RHP's Dean Road Extra Care Scheme

Officials helping to shape future housing and healthcare policy in Japan visited Richmond’s flagship Extra Care retirement housing scheme this week. Professor Hisashi Uemura and Japan’s First Secretary, Katsuhiko Kita, visited RHP’s Dean Road scheme to learn more about how housing and care can be integrated to help older residents stay independent.

Representatives from RHP and Richmond Council met with the delegation on Wednesday to give them a tour of the scheme in Hampton and to demonstrate how they work in partnership to provide 24 hour on-site care and a variety of social activities for the scheme’s 41 customers.

Japan is currently re-evaluating how they manage housing and medical care and investigating how Extra Care schemes can reduce the time that older people spend in hospital.  The researchers asked if they could return again in the future.

David Done, RHP Chief Executive says: “We believe in providing the very best service for our customers, and Extra Care is a fantastic housing option for older people in Richmond. The initiative is designed to increase choice and provide peace of mind as customers know that support is on hand 24 hours a day. Dean Road also features a sensory garden, fully equipped IT suite and a great, low-cost diner open seven days a week.”

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