Can retirement communities help solve the social care crisis?

Retirement communities are becoming increasingly popular in other countries, but could they work as well in the UK, asks David Brindle. 19 April 2021

Selected extracts:

  • ‘Every decision about care is also a decision about housing.’
  • There’s a lack of clarity about what constitutes a retirement community
  • There are various descriptors in use in addition to housing with care, including ‘extra-care’, ‘assisted living’ and ‘very sheltered housing’
  • Question of whether housing for older and disabled people is going to be taken properly into account in ministers’ promised plans for social care reform.
  • The kind of collaborative model that will have to be replicated at local level
  • In truth, we will need our care homes as well as a greatly expanded supply of housing with care.

Read this thoughtful blog in full at Social Care Today, Source: Can retirement communities help solve the social care crisis? – Social Care Today

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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