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Commission calls for overhaul of housing with care sector

Paul-Burstow

A new report is calling for ambitious plans to improve housing with care and support for older people to be at the heart of the new White Paper for social care.

The report, published by the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support, led by SCIE, concludes that an overhaul is needed on how housing with care and support is planned, commissioned, designed and delivered.

Authors say that this will require “concerted action” nationally and locally, with a ten-year strategy for housing with care and support.

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SCIE chair, Paul Burstow, who is also co-chair of the Commission on Housing and Care, said: “No decision about care and support should be made without considering where people live. This report is a wake-up call: It makes a compelling case for investing in innovative housing with care and raising public awareness of their later life housing options.

“Better housing can help people to live in places that matter to them as they age, to remain independent as long as possible and stay connected with their family, friends and communities.”

The report includes a number of recommendations for national government, for local authorities and local partners, and for developers and providers and paints a picture of what the route to achieving more choice, more consistently provides could look like.

As well as its call for a long-term strategy for housing with care, the commission recommends that the government legislates for a new Housing Future Fund that obliges partners in local places including the NHS and local authorities to pool statutory funding and work together to develop a single plan for housing for older people.

It calls on the government to streamline and simplify the national planning framework and guidance to encourage greater levels of investment in housing with care; increase capital investment in housing with care developments; and invest in improved information, advice and advocacy to support people to find the right option for them.

The commission also wants local authorities to form local partnerships to produce a single plan for improving housing for older people within a local place, co-produced with people who draw on support; and establish and resource local co-production forums made up of, and speaking for, older people from all kinds of backgrounds, to influence planning, commissioning and design of housing.

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE, Professor Emerita of Nursing: Care for Older People at City, University of London, said: “I said last year that this Commission mustn’t just be a talking shop. I’m delighted that this report makes some tangible recommendations for a ten-year strategy. The seven principles of excellence, identified in the report, are key to delivering our shared vision with Social Care Future, where we all want to live in a place we call home with the people and things we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter most.”

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