I read with interest a report on retirement housing from the National House Building Council Foundation.
As part of the report, people aged 55 and over were asked to share their experiences of living in private sector retirement housing.
The research showed that residents’ needs are being met and that they are enjoying life, which is great.
Whilst the report focused on the private sector, the fact it demonstrates a need for good quality, affordable housing for older people is good news for social housing providers too.
Not everyone can afford to buy a home, or circumstances change which mean they need to find something smaller which meets their changing needs, e.g. disabilities.
The report specified the need for retirement housing to be designed to include facilities which allow those with reducing mobility to maintain an independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Our new purpose-built homes do this and have, for example, wet rooms and walk-in showers.
The fact is we have an ageing population so in the years to come, all housing providers, whatever the sector they are in, will have a very important role to play, along with the Government in ensuring older people continue to have access to the housing they deserve.