Poor housing for older people costs the NHS at least £634m every year

A new report from the Building Research Establishment on Homes and Ageing in England has just been published. The report identifies

• Two million older people live in homes that fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard, with 1.3m in a home with a serious hazard, resulting in high costs to the NHS, particularly due to cold related health problems and falls.

• The BRE also estimates that for older households (55yrs or more) the cost of poor housing to the NHS (just for first year treatment costs) is £624 million.

• The report also highlights the lack of properties amongst the existing stock which meets the needs of an ageing population, with just 4% of homes having basic accessibility features (level access/ flush threshold, ground floor WC, wide doors/ circulation space).

The report was commissioned by Public Health England and is a useful source of data for anyone involved with or interested the field of housing and ageing.

 

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