Home truths: Housing options and advice for people in later life
This report demonstrates the need for understanding the local context and speaking to local communities when developing information and advice services.
More than 90% of older people live in mainstream housing and intend to stay there. Yet, Britain has the oldest housing stock in Europe. As well as being in poor condition, the vast majority of these homes are inaccessible, with only 7% of homes having all four features that make them accessible to most people.
Decent homes can keep us safe and free from injury and falls, enable us to remain active and independent, and avoid costly health and social care. As we approach later life this can mean that we will need to adapt and repair our current homes or ‘rightsize’ to more suitable housing.
In June 2018, we worked with the Me and My Home group to commission a piece of research in Leeds that would examine what kind of housing information and advice people want as well as how and where they currently get their support and information from. We also undertook a mapping exercise of the information and advice that currently exists in the city in order to help them identify gaps and areas for improvement.
This report summarises the findings from our work in Leeds and, based on these insights, makes recommendations for what local areas and national government can do to enable people in later life better access to information and advice about housing.