Two major housing challenges: One intergenerational solution

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.


Two major housing challenges: One intergenerational solution

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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