New briefing on role of housing in supporting older and disabled people

By agency reporter
March 26, 2018

A new briefing which aims to showcase what housing organisations can do to help older and disabled people to live more independently iwas launched on  23 March 2018.

Sector showcase: housing and independent living has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN).

It aims to share lessons from successful schemes which are helping older and disabled people live with greater independence for as long as possible, stay connected to their local communities and enjoy better levels of wellbeing and care. It includes case studies from Riverside, Norsecare and Saffron Housing, Rhondda Housing, Johnnie Johnson Housing, Places for People and Look Ahead.

This new briefing underlines CIH and Housing LIN’s commitment to the renewed cross-sector memorandum of understanding: Improving health and care through the home, which has been signed by more than 25 government bodies and organisations across the health, social care and housing sectors committed to joint action.

CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis said the work housing organisations are doing is increasingly vital to tackle the huge challenges posed by our ageing population and the rising numbers of working-age adults with long-term conditions. ADASS, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, has warned of a potential funding gap of £2.6 billion for services for older and disabled people by the end of the decade.

Sarah Davis said: “Housing organisations are working with health and social care partners to play a critical role in improving services for older and disabled people, and also in saving money for our public health services which are being stretched to the limit.

“We hope this briefing will encourage organisations across housing, health and social care to think about new projects to support older and disabled people and to show them how to make sure they are effective as possible.”

Clare Skidmore from the Housing LIN added: “As this report demonstrates, housing partners play an essential part in enabling people with care and support needs to live in their own homes, in the community, and in doing so, to shape their own lives and build connections with the people around them.

“As we await the social care green paper later this year, and coinciding with the publication of the memorandum of understanding, we are delighted to showcase the examples of creativity and collaboration which enables housing to make a real contribution to residents’ health and wellbeing.”

* Read Sector showcase: housing and independent living here  and Improving health and care through the home here

* Chartered Institute of Housing http://www.cih.org/

* Housing Learning and Improvement Network https://www.housinglin.org.uk/

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