Other research

We have over 25 years' experience working with older people and our residents have significant experience of the services we provide. Together we've enjoyed working with a number of universities, colleges and research organisations which are keen to research our approach with respect to housing, healthcare, well-being and lifestyle.

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Studies and Reports

Research with Aston University's Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Aston University researchers are studying the effects of an award winning well-being programme that has given a new lease of life to hundreds of older residents.

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Download recent findings from February 2014

Falls Prevention Strategy

There are a disproportionately high number of reported injuries from falls within Milton Keynes, given its population size and demographics. Older people are at the greatest risk of falling and of suffering a permanent injury as a result of a fall which can greatly affect their lives. Milton Keynes is expected to have a significant rise in the number of older people over coming years. Lovat Fields Village is working with Milton Keynes Council.

Research Into Care at Two of our Villages - Sue Garwood, 2012

This study looked at how funding affects care at two of ExtraCare's villages.

"Improving Housing with Care Choices for Older People: an evaluation of extra-care housing" - The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent at Canterbury 2011

This report looks at two ExtraCare Villages.

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"Establishing the Extra in ExtraCare" - The International Longevity Centre UK 2011

An independent research study showed that residents moving into The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Housing Schemes and Villages experience a 24% reduction in social care needs within five years.


"Breaking the Mould: Re-visioning Older Peoples' Housing" - The National Housing Federation 2011

The report included a focus on ExtraCare's Lark Hill Village, Nottingham: A Successful Model for Home Ownership.


The Enriched Opportunities Programme© (EOP) - Bradford University Dementia Group 2009

A new approach to living with dementia and other mental health issues in ExtraCare's housing schemes and villages.

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Aging & Mental Health Journal: EOP article

Read the National Audit Office's report on the Enriched Opportunities Programme.

"Making the Case for Retirement Villages" - Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2006

A comparative evaluation of seven different housing with care schemes for older people.


New Lifestyles in Old Age: health, identity and well-being in Berryhill Retirement Village - Keele University, 2004

A three-year participatory action research study looking at the outcomes of Berryhill Village.