Housing for older people: Second Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, February 2018

Report that calls for a national strategy which brings together and improves the policy on housing for older people.  It calls on the government to recognise the link between homes and health and social care in the forthcoming social care green paper.  Identifies the following three housing-related factors impacting on health:

  1. Cold,
  2. Risk of falls
  3. Location of the home.

It recommends:

  • Additional funding for Home Improvement Agencies operating services including a handyperson service for older people.
  • A range of measures to help older people overcome the barriers to moving home including an accreditation for companies which provide tailored services for older people moving home and better customer service and guidance from lenders when applying for a mortgage.
  • Ensuring that national and local planning policy encourages the building of more of all types of housing for older people – extra care, retirement, sheltered and accessible housing across the social and private sectors, with older people involved in the design process.
  • Building all new homes to accessible and adaptable standards so that they are ‘age proofed’ and can meet the current and future needs of older people.

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