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.