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News | Published February 26 2019

Centre for Ageing Better call for housing provision overhaul

A poll commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better has found that 72 per cent of people feel new homes should be designed in a manner that is suitable for people of all ages.

You Gov, who conducted the polling for the Centre for Ageing Better, also found that 61 per cent of adults felt their home wasn't suited to an older person or someone with a disability.

The poll, which surveyed 4,000 adults across the UK, illustrates the extent to which the public believe that homes are not fit for older people.

Forty-eight per cent of those surveyed also disagreed with the claim that enough is done to ensure older people can continue to live safely and independently in their own homes.

The Centre for Ageing Better have called for "a radical overhaul of housing policy" that would help ensure that a greater number of new builds a suitable and accessible for people of any age.

The Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, Anna Dixon, responded to the findings: “The woeful state of today’s housing stock is amongst the worst in Europe. With more and more people living for longer, and many of them managing health conditions, this situation is unsustainable. We are facing an accessible housing crisis, putting unnecessary pressure on individuals, families and public services. If we do nothing, this will only get worse."

1st Care at Home highlighted the issue of accessibility in their recent contribution to The Parliamentary Review and discussed the use of technology to help elderly people living alone.

Director Tracey Hudson explained: "Many elderly residents are now living alone and this entails a risk, especially to those suffering with dementia.

"In order to respond to this risk, we have invested in assistive technology under the business 1st Care Assist which utilises GPS and alarms to keep service users safe and well both within and outside of the home.

"Remote assistance enables us and family members to deal with client problems in a faster, safer way."

Authored by

William Winter
Political Editor
@theparlreview
February 26 2019

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