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Built Environment Committee

Living in a suitable home and neighbourhood

We want more people to live in homes and neighbourhoods that support a good later life.

Living in suitable housing in a neighbourhood designed to be age-friendly can improve health and wellbeing, help people to develop and maintain social connections, and help people feel in control.

The majority of older people aged 65 and over live in mainstream housing - most older people want to stay in their own home as they age.
Why work on it?

People in later life spend more time in their homes and immediate neighbourhood than any other age group. Good housing and age-friendly environments help people to stay warm, safe and healthy, and enable them to do the things that are important to them. 

The majority of older people aged 65 and over live in mainstream housing (we estimate this to be more than 90%), and most older people want to stay in their own home as they age.
 

Bathroom grab rail

We want more people in later life to live in housing suited to their needs.

What we’re working on

We are particularly focusing on people living in mainstream (rather than specialist) housing as they age. Our programme on Improving current housing looks at how we can ensure that more people live in housing suited to their needs in later life.

We are also working with the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities, supporting their work to make age-friendly neighbourhoods and places.

The role of home adaptations in improving later life

The role of home adaptations in improving later life

The review aims to provide evidence to make the case for the importance and effectiveness of adaptations, primarily to influence policy-makers at national and local levels, practitioners and local commissioners.

Home adaptations infographics

Home adaptations infographics

Home is where most people want to be in later life and 80% of homeowners aged 65 and over wish to stay where they are. Homes are important for health and wellbeing – home adaptations can delay a move into residential care by four years.

Get involved
  • Are you are doing relevant research?
  • Do you have personal experience that could help inform the design of interventions and solutions?
  • Are you are delivering a service or intervention designed to support people to feel in control through well-designed homes, neighbourhoods and services?
  • Please get in touch if you have information to contribute or ideas you'd like to share.