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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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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Bridging the gap between health and housing. A united approach in South Wales: (Case Study 140)

Housing LIN, November 2017

This report on the Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh new wellbeing partnership, Wellbeing 4U, highlights how it is drawing from housing expertise to improve the patient and GP experience across 25 surgeries in Cardiff and Barry.

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An Occupational Therapist’s Access Checklist – a Practical Tool

Housing LIN, November 2017

This checklist has been developed as a quick reference tool, to support decisions when making recommendations for the design of accessible and inclusive housing, when there may be a case to be made for exceeding the minimum requirements laid out in the Building Regulations.  It provides comparative information from a selection of design guidance on the specifications for dimensions and layout, from minimum requirements to more generous provision. Detailed reasoning is outlined in the respective documents. It is arranged as a list that details specific aspects of accommodation from the parking and approach to communal access, and internal layouts.

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The impact of housing problems on mental health

Shelter, April 2017

This report reveals that over the last five years one in five adults suffer mental health problems due to housing pressures. The research also surveyed the experiences of 20 GPs who highlighted the number of patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression directly due to housing issues and that GPs required greater help to support patients with housing problems.

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More than shelter: Supported accommodation and mental health

Centre for Mental Health, June 2016

This report reviews evidence about supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

People experiencing mental health problems are also more likely than average to experience difficulties with accommodation, e.g. rent or mortgage difficulties, living in deprived neighbourhoods and experiencing isolation. The report finds that there is very limited evidence about what kinds of support are most effective for people with mental health problems, but that most people prefer help in their own homes to being in sheltered or transitional accommodation.

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