CIH welcomes House of Lords report on ageing

CIH welcomes House of Lords report on ageing

CIH has welcomed a new House of Lords committee report on ageing published today (14 March).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Ready for Ageing, from the Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, warns that the government and our society are “woefully underprepared” for ageing.

It makes the point that housing and related services will play a key role in creating a better health and social care system to support people to stay living independently.

The report states: “The work done by housing adaptation and repair charities is commendable, but needs to become universal. The housing market is delivering much less specialist housing for older people than is needed. Central and local government, housing associations and house builders need urgently to plan how to ensure that the housing needs of the older population are better addressed and to give as much priority to promoting an adequate market and social housing for older people as is given to housing for younger people.”

Chartered Institute of Housing director of health and wellbeing Domini Gunn said: “CIH warmly welcomes this report.  We fully support the emphasis placed on providing homes where people can age well, connected to their communities, with the support and care provided that meets their needs.

CIH will continue to work across the housing industry to identify and promote best practice in providing an increased supply of affordable housing for older people and a wide range of housing-related support services.”

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