How can housing help tackle health inequalities in later life?
More than 90 per cent of people over the age of 65 live in mainstream housing, rather than specialist retirement homes. With 80 per cent of homes we’ll be living in by 2050 already built, the condition and accessibility of existing housing is a critical factor in determining future quality of life for people of all ages.
Interventions to improve housing quality can be one of the most cost-effective ways of improving health outcomes and ensure we all stay in good health for longer. Investments in adaptations or other home repairs and improvements can reduce falls or improve warmth, enhance physical and mental wellbeing, reduce hospital admissions and prevent or delay moves into residential care.
In this session, we will share good and innovative practice examples in commissioning and providing home adaptation and repair services to achieve positive outcomes for residents and local health and care systems.
This session is supported by the Centre for Ageing Better.