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Policy Brief: Creating inclusive housing with care environments for older people
This briefing provides new evidence to help practitioners and housing providers deliver high-quality, age-friendly housing with care and support provided on site (otherwise known as housing with care).

This briefing provides new evidence to help practitioners and housing providers deliver high-quality, age-friendly housing with care and support provided on site (otherwise known as housing with care). Based on 72 interviews with residents and a survey of 741 residents from 95 schemes, including residents from diverse groups, the findings presented here will help providers to deliver better policies and practices within schemes to tackle discrimination, enhance social interaction, develop more inclusive environments, and reduce isolation of residents, especially those from social minority groups.

As the UK continues to experience an increasingly ageing population, demand for more varied housing options is growing. Housing with care (for example, extra care and independently living schemes) is one form of housing that is anticipated to become more popular with people as they get older, allowing them to live independent and fulfilling lives within communities of their choosing and at a time they feel appropriate in their life course.

The findings and recommendations presented here draw on a three-year study Diversity with Care Environments (DICE).

Author(s): Paul Willis
Published: 12 July 2023
Categorised in: Housing for older people

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