Reducing unsuitable admissions to residential care by increasing the supply of thoughtfully-designed Independent Living housing (also known as extra care) is vital given the impact of Covid-19 in care homes, where people live in closer proximity to each other and where many buildings are not fit-for-purpose.
The benefits of Independent Living housing are increasingly well understood. Social connections, choice and independence boost wellbeing, while access to care gives peace of mind. Independent Living also has the potential to save the public purse millions of pounds every year.
Covid-19 recovery efforts provide an opportunity to reinvigorate the UK’s house building programme and to ensure housing meets the needs of our ageing population, helping to create more sustainable communities and to increase resilience should we ever face such a crisis again.
• Gary Heathcote, Norfolk County Council
• Deborah Hope & Tracy Jones, Housing 21
• Tim Riley, RCKa architects.
This webinar is chaired by Tessa Gooding, Inner Circle Consulting.
The event has now taken place but can be watched online at the link below or on the top right.