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Housing should reflect people’s care needs, new Commission argues

Housing settings don’t always provide the choice and availability for people who use care and support services. That’s the conclusion in a new report, Future options for housing and care

The new report focuses on care homes, retirement communities, retirement housing, and supported living, and argues that to improve people’s quality of later life, the Government must commit to finding ways to improve the quality and quantity of housing that facilitates care and support.

Among the proposals set out in the report, the first from the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support, are the following:   

  • Better incentives to encourage developers to increase levels of investment in appropriate housing
  • Planning system reform for retirement community housing
  • Sector-specific legislation on regulations and standards
  • Improved information, advice and advocacy to support informed decision-making for people seeking housing that facilitates care and support.

The Commission was set up to develop an evidence-based vision and roadmap for housing in the future of care and support. The Commission will also produce a cost benefit tool for local commissioners and estimates of the impact of national investment in new forms of accommodation.

Commission chair Rt Hon Paul Burstow, who also chairs Social Care Institute for Excellence, says: “The Government’s health and care White Paper has a large housing shaped hole at its heart. Now is the time for a national strategy that invests in dramatically increasing the number and choice of places to live that provide access to personalised care.”

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