BRE’s Dementia friendly home praised by Scottish Housing Minister

In advance of this weekend’s International Day of Older Persons, Scottish Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart has commended BRE for highlighting how assistive technology could help the older generation stay safely in their own homes for longer.

BRE hosted its Assistive Technology event on the BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig to showcase and demonstrate how the use of the latest technologies can support an ageing population.  Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart praised BRE as he addressed the 50 strong audience of local authorities, housing associations, charities, public and healthcare staff.

The Minister then toured the award winning Motherwell-based BRE Innovation Park, including a visit to the Dementia Friendly Home which highlights how adjustments to traditional properties could make living at home safer for the increasing number in the Scottish population who are being diagnosed with the condition annually. He was also able to view first-hand innovative products from companies including Sol Connect, Chubb, Canary, Dayex, Shackleton’s and Unicook, which have been installed on the Dementia Friendly Homes.

Dr David Kelly, BRE Group Innovation Parks Director said “New strategies are required to support the nation’s ageing population – many with associated health issues – who wish to continue living in their own homes because the reality is that we have a growing elderly population, increased life expectancy and the prediction that by 2021, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to around 1 million. We are therefore greatly encouraged by the Minister’s acknowledgment because there is an increasingly urgent and very real need to develop design and technology solutions to allow people to age well within their own homes.

BRE seek to combine science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions for existing and future building issues not only in Scotland but in the UK, in Europe and around the world.

For further inforamtion please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

BRE Innovation Park Network: ipark.bre.co.uk