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Supported housing for older people in the UK: an evidence review: summary

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, BLOOD Imogen
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Sheltered housing has changed significantly over the past decade, yet has received little attention from researchers and policy-makers. Changes to funding and benefits for older people's housing and support services need underpinning by robust evidence. This study examines existing evidence about the quality of life offered by sheltered and retirement housing and identifies factors that may improve or reduce quality of life. Eighty publications with material on housing with support and further background publications were included, along with a detailed analysis of 24 academic and resident-led research reports. Key points suggest that: there is limited recent research evidence on the quality of accommodation, services and residents in the UK's 550,000 units of housing with support for older people; this lack of evidence is a cause for concern for residents, providers and commissioners of housing, support and care; and diminishing levels of on-site staffing have affected quality of life for some residents.

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Supported housing for older people in the UK: evidence review: report

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, BLOOD Imogen
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
68p.
Place of publication:
York

Sheltered housing has changed significantly over the past decade, yet has received little attention from researchers and policy-makers. Changes to funding and benefits for older people's housing and support services need underpinning by robust evidence. This study examines existing evidence about the quality of life offered by sheltered and retirement housing and identifies factors that may improve or reduce quality of life. Eighty publications with material on housing with support and further background publications were included, along with a detailed analysis of 24 academic and resident-led research reports. Key points suggest that: there is limited recent research evidence on the quality of accommodation, services and residents in the UK's 550,000 units of housing with support for older people; this lack of evidence is a cause for concern for residents, providers and commissioners of housing, support and care; and diminishing levels of on-site staffing have affected quality of life for some residents.

Journal article

Coming of age: meeting the challenge of older homelessness

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, PALMER Guy
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 7(4), December 2004, pp.24-28.
Publisher:
Emerald

Older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have diverse and varied needs which are not the same as those of either younger homeless people or older people who already have secure and appropriate housing. This article explains the problems and proposes cost-effective solutions for commissioners and providers.

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Whose responsibility? Boundaries of roles and responsibilities in housing with care: report

Authors:
BLOOD Imogen, PANNELL Jenny, COPEMAN Ian
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
56p.
Place of publication:
London

Housing with care (HWC) aims to bring the provision of housing support and care together under one roof and this can bring many benefits to older people with high support needs. However, schemes operate in a complex funding and regulatory environment. There is no single model of HWC, and in some schemes, providers are delivering different services alongside each other. This is the first UK-wide study to explore the impact of this complexity on residents’ quality of life. It explored the boundaries of roles and responsibilities in HWC and how they impact on older residents' quality of life, particularly those with high support needs. Most residents reported very positive experiences of HWC, but a third described problems linked to roles and responsibilities, from building maintenance to increasing care needs. Ambiguity around the boundaries between job roles can lead to confusion, gaps or duplication. Also, gaps were often filled by staff members over-stretching their roles, but such a discretionary approach can be inconsistent, inequitable and unsustainable.

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Affordability, choices and quality of life in housing with care: report

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, BLOOD Imogen, COPEMAN Ian
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
63p.
Place of publication:
York

Research on affordability of housing with care has so far focused on costs and savings to local authority budgets. There has been little research on affordability for residents, especially self-funders. Proposed changes to benefits will potentially impact on all residents, especially on people under state pension age. This report presents findings from the first study of tenants and leaseholders who are paying some or all their own costs in private and not-for-profit housing with care (HWC). It examined how affordability affects choice, and the consequences for quality of life - particularly for those with high or increasing support needs. The 18-month UK-wide study involved 21 schemes (for rent and sale), developed and managed by private and not-for-profit providers. Interviews were held with 78 residents (54 tenants and 24 leaseholders), 4 family carers and 47 professionals.  This research found that: older people face many uncertainties about affordability, changes to charges and care needs; 85% of residents interviewed were very happy in HWC. Couples could stay together, and partner carers received support; the majority of people saw HWC as good value for money; and age and health influenced whether HWC was (and would remain) affordable.

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Affordability, choices and quality of life in housing with care: summary

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, BLOOD Imogen, COPEMAN Ian
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Research on affordability of housing with care has so far focused on costs and savings to local authority budgets. There has been little research on affordability for residents, especially self-funders. Proposed changes to benefits will potentially impact on all residents, especially on people under state pension age. This report presents findings from the first study of tenants and leaseholders who are paying some or all their own costs in private and not-for-profit housing with care (HWC). It examined how affordability affects choice, and the consequences for quality of life - particularly for those with high or increasing support needs. The 18-month UK-wide study involved 21 schemes (for rent and sale), developed and managed by private and not-for-profit providers. Interviews were held with 78 residents (54 tenants and 24 leaseholders), 4 family carers and 47 professionals.  This research found that: older people face many uncertainties about affordability, changes to charges and care needs; 85% of residents interviewed were very happy in HWC. Couples could stay together, and partner carers received support; the majority of people saw HWC as good value for money; and age and health influenced whether HWC was (and would remain) affordable.

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Market assessment of housing options for older people: a report for Shelter and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, ALDRIDGE Hannah, KENWAY Peter
Publisher:
New Policy Institute
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
90p.
Place of publication:
London

This market assessment of older people’s housing in England examines both specialist retirement developments and mainstream housing suitable for people aged 55 years and above. Specialist housing is restricted to older people, and often has special design features and facilities, and usually some visiting or on-site support. Mainstream housing includes ‘ordinary’ housing (often the family home) and also housing considered more suitable for older people (such as bungalows) or with adaptations to suit older peoples’ needs. This study addresses 3 broad groups of questions: choice, availability and affordability; quality of life; and market impacts. It looks not only at the current situation, but also at projections forward to 2033. The report concludes that demographic changes require a change in the housing stock so that more homes are suitable for older people, be it specialist housing, lifetime homes or adapted homes. Analysis suggests that the size of the specialist housing stock will need to increase by anything between 35% and 70%. The housing market and constraints to public spending mean that it is unlikely that the growth in the specialist housing stock required will be achieved without some policy intervention. In addition, new developments need to diversify the specialist housing that is currently on offer.

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Boundaries of roles and responsibilities in housing with care schemes

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, BLOOD Imogen
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
20p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

This article considers the boundaries, roles and responsibilities of housing with care (HWC) services. Different organisations provide a range of services while external agencies guide, regulate and inspect what they do. Since there is no single model of HWC, individual dwellings and schemes vary enormously in size and scale, location, services and cost. They are run by private companies and not-for-profit housing associations and charities; and there are significant variations in provision and policy context across the UK. The article highlights contested roles and responsibilities in HWC concerning issues around: decisions to move in and allocations; the different expectations residents, families, providers and professionals have of HWC; buildings and facilities provision, management and maintenance, health and safety; promoting well-being and preventing exclusion of frailer residents; safeguarding and duty of care; managing increasing care and support needs; whether HWC offers a ‘home for life’.

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Rainy days and silver linings: using equity to support the delivery of housing or services for older and disabled people

Authors:
KING Nigel, BERRY Diane, PANNELL Jenny
Publisher:
Care Services Improvement Partnership. Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
72p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This Housing LIN Report looks at attitudes towards home equity release for care services and the products currently available on the market. It also looks at the potential for using home equity in this way, noting that despite the current housing market downturn historically the value of a home increases over time.

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Hearing the voices of older people in Wales: what helps and hinders us as we age? Research report

Authors:
BLOOD Imogen, COPEMAN Ian, PANNELL Jenny
Publisher:
Social Services Improvement Agency
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
92
Place of publication:
Cardiff

Drawing on interviews and focus groups with 135 older people living in urban and rural areas in Wales this report looks at what helps and what gets in the way of wellbeing for older people and those caring for them. The findings are presented around key themes, and include direct quotations from participants. Themes cover: what matters most to older people and their carers for a 'good life'; relationships and bereavement; the factors that help and hinder older people in achieving well-being, which includes discussion of transport, the home environment, neighbourhood, money, information technology, and the specific challenges that face people from black and minority ethnic communities; perceptions and experiences of social services, the NHS and the voluntary sector. The final chapter looks at learning from the report for a whole system approach to prevention. It looks at what prevention and independence means to older people and their carers and what this means for organisations supporting older people. It concludes by identifying five themes that were important to older people and their carers: choice and control; a strong sense of identity and belonging; coping with worry and uncertainty; planning for change and transitions; and feeling socially connected. It makes suggestions for change to help services adapt to and meet people’s changing needs to support their independence and allow them to continue to participate in their communities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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