New briefing paper considers different ways to address adaptable housing issues in line with the ageing population
Housing LIN has produced a briefing paper, ‘Innovative Housing Models for an Ageing Population,’ which considers the need for the development of different housing models to keep up with the ageing population.
Hosted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care, the round table session looked at different issues regarding housing, such as health, housing and care connections, technology, future scenarios, modular build techniques, and intergenerational design.
Presentations were given by a range of speakers, including Charlotte Bright, Deputy Director for the Department of Health and Social Care and Lead for the Industrial Strategy Ageing Society Grand Challenge, George Kenyon, formerly Housing and Integration Policy Lead for the Department of Health and Social Care, Jeremy Porteus, Managing Director for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, and Julia Ashley, Chief Executive of Central and Cecil.
The roundtable highlighted some of the major issues to the Government which they considered to be a priority.
The first issue that was outlined was that there needs to be a combined conversation about technology, home design and modular construction, rather than having separate conversations about these areas in different places.
It was also mentioned that housing can reduce pressures on health and social care. However, the roundtable felt that there are issues surrounding evidence, which, with more evidence, would enable execution and investment at scale, as well as a better strategy for investing in good design and high-quality housing adaptations.
In addition, it was raised that the Government should engage with people in new ways, such as through social media, to “enable people to create their own solutions.” This was pointed out because institutions continue to work in old ways rather than keep up with new technologies.
Finally, and perhaps the most significant point raised in the roundtable, is how to make housing suitable and accessible for everyone.
The paper said: “Further work is needed to codify and segment the options, alongside proof of concept, and appraise the benefits and challenges associated with each of the options, in order to support the Government in their thinking as part of the Ageing Grand Challenge.”
This links back to a report by Greater Manchester, which calls for more diverse and accessible housing to support the wants and needs of older people.