APPG on Housing and Care for Older People
APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, 25 May 2021
The session was addressed by the Housing Minister, The Right Hon Chris Pincher MP, where he spoke about the building of new homes for our ageing population, including issues around planning, accessibility, town centre renewal, and upgrading homes for older people of modest means.
Following a Q&A session with the Minister, there were presentations on 'how technology can improve older people's lives’.
Housing 21 supports the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People. The group highlights the importance of the role of housing alongside social care and health in providing greater choice and more effective support in later life.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People is an officially registered APPG, which was established in July 2009. It aims to highlight the importance of the role of housing alongside social care and health.
Current and future debates about support and services for older people make this APPG an important forum for agenda setting and discussion about the relationship between housing and care and the need for a comprehensive and joined up approach. The APPG focuses on some key priorities:
- Joining up housing, health and care
- Encouraging control and choice
- Highlighting the need for extra funding
The APPG has recently completed an inquiry on ‘Housing for those living with dementia’.
There has been four inquiry sessions; with expert ‘witnesses’ presenting at each session. The topics included dementia-friendly design / development of new homes, changes and adaptations to existing properties, ongoing input of care and support, including consideration of innovations in technological support.
The report, launched on 17 February 2021 has:
- Made recommendations to central and local government and other key players
- Provided guidance and stimulates interest for housing providers with an interest in older people
Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)
The HAPPI principles are based on 10 key design criteria. Many are recognisable from good design generally - good light, ventilation, room to move around and good storage - but they have particular relevance to the spectrum of older persons' housing which needs to both offer an attractive alternative to the family home, and be able to adapt over time to meet changing needs.
Over recent years the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People has looked at the housing needs and opportunities for older people, producing a series of Inquiry reports.
Click here for more information about HAPPI, and to download reports: https://www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/browse/Design-building/HAPPI/
For more information about the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, or to be added to the mailing list for future meetings, please contact Madeleine Harding, Secretariat for the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, on 020 7219 6799 or at email@example.com.