ClimaCare is a research initiative addressing the challenge of adapting UK care settings to climate change. The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers and research scientists to develop a better understanding of the factors that contribute to summertime overheating in care homes and the subsequent negative health impacts.
“We are undertaking a research project called ClimaCare to better understand the impacts of hot weather on care homes and their residents and staff, and what steps can be taken to protect their well being. Further details about the project are available here.
The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and supported by the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and the UK Met Office. It is being carried out by three leading universities in the UK: University College London (UCL), Oxford Brookes University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
We are currently recruiting care homes who are interested in the study. The research which will comprise the following activities:
1. Installing non-intrusive data loggers to monitor the indoor environment in the care home in selected resident rooms, offices and communal areas.
2. Surveys and interviews with residents, care staff and managers to understand their experience of hot weather.
The research methods have been modified with COVID-19 in mind, minimising on-site/face-to-face interaction. Monitoring devices will be Bluetooth enabled, allowing data to be gathered remotely.
We are expecting to start visits for data collection later in July 2021. Please let us know if you are interested to participate in the study: firstname.lastname@example.org “