Housing in later life

Age UK
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This report outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for older people’s housing with recommendations for action. It argues that while current reforms to the care system offer an opportunity to encourage better ways of integrating housing with flexible forms of care and support it is still too difficult to get simple home adaptations or repairs carried out quickly and affordably. Not enough of the right type of retirement housing is built to tempt older people who might wish to downsize. Many of the options that do exist are only available to a relatively small section of the older population. The reports discusses in some detail the key challenges around promoting independence with accessible and adaptable homes, tackling poor conditions and delivering decent homes, integrating housing with health and social care, sheltered and retirement housing and housing wealth and housing choices. The report makes a comprehensive series of recommendations, calling for all new mainstream and specialised housing to automatically comply with higher accessibility standards and for all older patients coming into contact with health care services to be offered an assessment of their home with an action plan to ensure it facilitates the delivery of appropriate care and support. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, housing, care homes, home adaptations, home care, sheltered housing, independence, poverty;
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United Kingdom
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