Imagine a former hospital, bordering an attractive university campus with an academic centre of expertise in the health and welfare of older people and end of life care, transformed into high quality housing drawing older people into the life and facilities of the university.
This is the germ of an idea being explored by Professor David Clark at the University of Glasgow. His ambition for Crichton Care Campus is that it should provide ‘housing with care’, including the full spectrum of needs from independent living to long-term care facilities, all on a campus that also provides shops and nursery care in addition to out-patient care and , for example, ophthalmology.
In his blog exploring the proposal, Professor Clark explains:
“Central to the idea is to create an innovative approach to later life, which not only meets direct housing, health and social care needs for [local] people, but which also contributes to academic activity relating to healthy ageing and end of life care – and creates cross generational synergy, understanding and co-production”.
Surely this is the way forward for care of the elderly in this country? Palliative care excels when individuals can come to terms with their own death and enjoy the rest of their lives with appropriate support, as close to their homes and loved ones as possible.
Professor Clark is leading a major study of global interventions at the end of life, which began on 1st March 2015 and is funded by the Wellcome Trust. With over a million deaths in the world every week, a figure likely to double within 40 years, Professor Clark and his team at Glasgow University are looking at what makes ‘a good death’ and how it can be supported.
Follow the team’s progress through their blog: