Housing for an ageing population. Heléna Herklots Age Concern England. Housing. Home is key to our quality of life Home is key to our social inclusion Home is the house and the amenities and facilities in the local community. Why is housing important?.
Age Concern England
- are aged over 75
- have lived in the same house for over 30 years
- are from black and minority ethnic communities
Up to one in four homeless people are aged 50+.
‘Living in a decent, warm and comfortable home is central to maintaining independence and well-being. Therefore, mainstream housing policy needs to reflect the issues that an ageing population raises.’
Opportunity Age 2005
‘Our vision is to ensure that older people are enabled to remain independent for as long as possible, and that when housing support services are needed they are available. This will require access to information about home adaptations and housing options to be improved, for services to join-up, and for service providers to work in a preventative way’.
Commitment from the Department for Local Government and Communities working with the Department of Health, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and external partners, to develop a strategy for housing and older people by 2006/7.
‘How can I tell you what I want, when I don’t know what there is?’
Enabling older people to access the full range of housing options available
‘Professionals involved in the major regeneration of an area called a meeting with local people. Virtually all of the presentation was about family housing. The planners were asked whether they had considered the fact that a high proportion of current residents were older people. They clearly had not done so, since their immediate response was that they would “of course look at building a sheltered housing scheme”.’
Housing and Older People Development Group (HOPDEV)
Age Equality in Housing: a guide to tackling age discrimination for housing providers, commissioners, planners and builders.
Delivering housing for an ageing population: Informing housing strategies and planning policies.
‘At Home’ Audit Tool for Housing and Related Services for Older Minority Ethnic People’ (CD Rom)
Housing Advice and Information for Older People