This viewpoint, written for the Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) by Tony Watts OBE, older people’s housing champion in the South West, sets out the emerging manifesto on housing from the Older People’s Housing Champions network.
Safe, warm, decent housing for older people – why it really matters identifies that a ‘joined up strategy’ around older people’s housing would not only benefit older people but deliver benefits to the public purse and the rest of society too.
It calls for:
– Future proofing housing for an ageing society
– Engaging older people far more in the planning and design of ALL new homes & neighbourhoods
– Enabling and promote a greater choice of specialist and general housing for older people
– Truly integrating housing into the planning of health and care services
– Providing rapid access to affordable repairs and adaptations with practical help such as handyperson’s services and Home Improvement Agencies, and enabling older people to make best use of their resources, and
– Providing more independent, impartial information and advice about housing, care and finance options.
The final manifesto will be published and promoted shortly