HDRC information hub

This hub is a place where housing providers can share their experiences, lessons learned, good practice and any guidelines / policies / procedures developed to maximise wellbeing for extra care and retirement housing residents, staff and family members in the current COVID-19 crisis.

Extra care and retirement housing residents are among those groups identified as vulnerable to Covid-19, such as those over 70 and people living with underlying health conditions. Responding to the demands created by the Covid-10 outbreak in the UK will have created unique challenges for such independent living facilities and many may have been ill-equipped to cope. People living with dementia in such settings may be particularly at risk if they are unable to understand and follow public health guidance and may create additional demands in terms of staff time and resources.

Collaboration and cooperation are key to reducing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the sector.

If you have any relevant resources that you would like to share, please email to the HDRC coordinator:

Supporting Residents

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: COVID-19 Resident Self Care Guide and large print version

Supporting Residents Living with Dementia

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: COVID-19 Supporting Residents Living with Dementia

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: Responding to Distress and Behaviours that Challenge booklet

Housing 21: Covid-19 and dementia

SCIE Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for social care: Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Supporting Staff

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: COVID-19 Staff Self Care Guide

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: COVID-19 Supporting Children

Supporting Family Members

ExtraCare Charitable Trust: COVID-19 Supporting Children


Housing LIN resources

Housing LIN Coronavirus Info Hub – containing Housing LIN resources, Goverment guidelines and advice, other useful resources/links.

Housing LIN briefing note: Covid-19 tips for the housing sector on supporting someone affected by dementia.

Housing LIN Practice briefing: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Housing and Care in Specialist Housing

Other useful links

Journal of Dementia Care Webinars: Village spirit –  housing-with-care’s response to Covid-19, 5th May 2020.

ARCO: Guidance and information for Retirement Community Operators in response to the Covid-19 pandemic