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Housing | Age-friendly Communities

One of the eight domains of age-friendly

Housing and support allows people in later life to age comfortably and safely within their community.

Terraced house, Bickershaw - Greater Manchester

WHO considerations for housing in later life include affordability, appropriate design and layout, maintenance provisions and community integration.

Why is this important?

More than 80% of homeowners aged 65 and over want to stay where they are. While wanting to make the choice about where you live doesn’t change in later life, the practicalities around it can. 20% of homes occupied by older people in England failed the Decent Homes Standard in 2014.


Home truths: Housing options and advice for people in later life: Learning from communities in Leeds
This report demonstrates the need for understanding the local context and speaking to local communities when developing information and advice services.

Homes that help: A personal and professional perspective on home adaptations
This report summarises the findings of a primary research project exploring the lived experiences of individuals who use home adaptations, and practitioners who work alongside them.

Rightsizing Report: Reframing the housing offer for older people
This report from HousingLIN calls for UK local authorities, planners and developers to shift their emphasis from downsizing to 'rightsizing', when it comes to planning housing provision for older people.

UK Resources

Housing Learning and Information Network (LIN) website
The 'go to' sharing network for anyone working in housing, health and social care, promoting solutions that enable everyone to live well in good quality housing.

Housing our ageing population
This report by the LGA sets out in more detail what is required to meet the housing needs and aspirations of our ageing population, drawing on work by councils that already have a clear vision or are seeking to achieve this objective.

The role of home adaptations in improving later life
A report by the Centre for Ageing Better summarising the findings of a systematic review of recent scientific evidence on how home adaptations can contribute to improving later lives.

Lifetime Homes website
The Lifetime Homes Standard is a set of design criteria that provide a model for building accessible and adaptable homes. This website provides information and resources to support the standard.

Age-friendly in practice

Older People and Housing Action
Older People’s Housing Champions Group, working in partnership with Care and Repair England and local organisations, have published links to practical guides on how older people’s groups, across England, have worked to influence local housing policy, plans and action.  

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