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An exploration of the social, psychological and physical impacts of living with dementia in supported housing. (Ref: PHDHLS1901)

Project Description

Home and community are important factors in maintaining wellbeing. For an individual with dementia, particularly those living alone, remaining at home may not be possible as the disease progresses. Supported housing has been identified as an appropriate housing choice for people with dementia and there is anecdotal evidence of good practice (Brown et al.,2017). Moving into supported housing provides potential flexibility in access to a range of support allows the person to remain engaged in and connected to their community (Twyford, 2016). There are pockets of good practice around supported housing for people with dementia, and recent research has indicated that there is a very low rate of care home admission from supported housing (Burton et al., 2019). However, there is a lack of research on the experiences of those living with dementia in these environments. The research proposed for this PhD studentship aims to understand the experiences of people with dementia who live in supported housing and how this effects their social, psychological and physical wellbeing. Using a case study approach (Yin, 2013), the student will construct approximately 8 case studies of people living with dementia in supported housing environments. Data for each case study will be collected using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. A cross case analysis will identify key differences and similarities across the cases. This will inform the recommendations of the PhD for research, policy and practice in terms of how supported housing can support people with dementia to live the best life possible.

Funding Notes

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (currently £14,777) per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4256).


Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non- EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

Candidates must be available for interview on 11th September 2019.

Please quote the Project Reference PHDHLS1901 with your research proposal.

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