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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Healthy homes: accommodating an ageing population

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, February 2018

Report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that identifies the use of smart technologies, including smart homes, could make life better for older people, enabling them to retain their independence and relieve the pressure on health and social care services. To facilitate this it recommends:

  • Establishing financial incentives to build cognitive houses.
  • Creating a new standard for housing design and construction fit for the 21st century.
  • Initiating new markets for technology to tackle existing inadequate housing stock.
  • Investing in nationwide ‘healthy living for life’ technology programmes.

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Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly

All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, January 2018

All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger report calling on the government to investigate and record effectively rates of malnutrition in older people. This has an estimated to cost the NHS and social care of £15.7 billion a year by 2030. It recommends targeted investment in services which protect older people from malnutrition would deliver significant annual savings to the NHS, not least by reducing the number of hospital admissions and limiting the number of days older people spend in hospital.

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The role of home adaptations in improving later life

Centre for Ageing Better, November 2017

This review provides evidence to make the case for the importance and effectiveness of adaptations, primarily to influence policy-makers at national and local levels, practitioners and local commissioners. The objective is to strengthen their focus on housing in their strategic plans, and commit increased effort and resources to delivering both more extensive, better coordinated, more timely and personalised repair and adaptations services and better information and advice services.

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Making the economic case for investing in actions to prevent and/or tackle loneliness: a systematic review: a briefing paper

Campaign to End Loneliness, September 2017

This research, carried out by the London School of Economics, reviews the evidence on the economic impact of loneliness interventions. It finds that up to £3 of health care costs can be saved for every £1 spent on an effective intervention on loneliness.

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Is late-life dependency increasing or not? A comparison of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS)

The Lancet,  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31575-1 

Little is known about how the proportions of dependency states have changed between generational cohorts of older people. This study aims to estimate years lived in different dependency states at age 65 years in 1991 and 2011, and make new projections of possible future demand for care.  The study estimates that further an extra 71 215 care home places could be required by 2025.

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Health and Care of Older People in England 2017

Age UK, February 2017

This report draws on new statistics as well as new Age UK analysis highlighting the immense challenges facing older people needing support, with 1 in 8 over 65s now living with unmet care needs.

The report demonstrates the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS.

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