Housing is a problem for both young and old
There is a shortage of homes in the country and, even more, there is a
shortage of homes that local people can afford to rent, let alone to
At the same time we live in a country with an increasingly elderly
population and a younger generation often priced out of the housing
market. In addition, many older people are struggling to maintain
cumbersome family houses whilst worrying about meeting growing care
needs out of dwindling savings.
It is frequently the case that personal care assistants spend a
significant proportion of their days travelling between jobs. This
results in polluting, costly and stressful travel
between neighbourhoods; especially for those employed by care
agencies. We urgently need to think of new ways in which we can better
meet the needs of older people and their care assistants. Below are
some ideas about ways in which local authorities, developers and private
individuals could work together to improve the situation.