Centre for Ageing Better
15 Apr 2021
A lack of suitable housing options for older people in the communities they want to live in is leaving many people trapped in homes that aren’t suitable for them.
A commonly-held misconception is that most older people want to downsize or enter specialist accommodation such as retirement communities. But people's decisions on whether or not to move house are motivated by the same things, no matter their age. They want to stay close to friends and family, in a house that suits their needs, and to have access to good facilities such green spaces and transport.
But many people as they get older, particularly those with less money, find themselves trapped in homes that are no longer suitable for them, with few options for moving locally available.
We need more diverse housing options created in existing communities, that are affordable and are suitable for people’s changing mobility and health needs. Older people themselves should be better consulted about what they want and need.
We also need local areas to provide more information and advice for people on the options available to them in their community. This will support people to make positive choices about moving or making changes to their homes before a crisis point such as a health issue.