Guidance on housing for older and disabled people – Resource Library

The need to provide housing for older people is critical. People are living longer lives and the proportion of older people in the population is increasing.

In mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people aged 85 and over; by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million.

Offering older people a better choice of accommodation to suit their changing needs can help them live independently for longer, feel more connected to their communities and help reduce costs to the social care and health systems. Therefore, an understanding of how the ageing population affects housing needs is something to be considered from the early stages of plan-making through to decision-taking.

This guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is for local authorities preparing planning policies for housing older people and people with disabilities.

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Guidance on housing for older and disabled people – Resource Library

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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