Responding to a study by Independent Age on the quality of private rented homes for older people, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“One of the most effective ways in which we can support our ageing population is by making sure the homes they live in are fit for purpose. Housing is clearly linked with health and social care, and the Government’s upcoming green paper should look at how best housing can be maintained and adapted to support the needs of our ageing population, regardless of tenure, or who the landlord is.

“Adapted and well-maintained housing, which supports older people, can prevent or reduce the number of falls and prevent episodes of ill health that require admission to hospitals. This would not only reduce pressure on the NHS but be a significant return on investment for housing.

“It’s essential that the Government works with landlords to help adapt homes for older people so that tenants can live independently for longer. This would benefit tenants, landlords and the NHS and ensure that we can house our ageing population and keep them in their homes for longer.

“Housing for older people is a key area for discussion in the upcoming green paper, which is where measures which could adapt housing should be discussed, but with just 6 per cent of our existing stock currently geared towards older people, we need to develop a solution that enables older people to live in housing equipped for their specific care needs.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Ensuring mobility and independence in older age is a key part of providing effective care for older people, so ADASS believes it is also essential that older people are supported getting into and out of housing and provided with the tools they need to get around their communities and live a truly independent life, whether that is through mobility scooters or other tools which can encourage independence.

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