New briefing to showcase housing supporting for elderly and disabled

Cross-sector showcase to share lessons from successful schemes.

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A new briefing which aims to showcase what housing organisations can do to help older and disabled people to live more independently is being launched today (March 23)

Sector showcase: housing and independent living has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN).

It aims to share lessons from successful schemes which are helping older and disabled people live with greater independence for as long as possible, stay connected to their local communities and enjoy better levels of wellbeing and care.

Included are case studies from Riverside, Norsecare and Saffron Housing, Rhondda Housing, Johnnie Johnson Housing, Places for People and Look Ahead.

This new briefing underlines CIH and Housing LIN’s commitment to the renewed cross-sector memorandum of understanding: Improving health and care through the home, which has been signed by more than 25 government bodies and organisations across the health, social care and housing sectors committed to joint action.

CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis said the work housing organisations are doing is increasingly vital to tackle the huge challenges posed by our ageing population and the rising numbers of working-age adults with long-term conditions.

ADASS, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, has warned of a potential funding gap of £2.6bn for services for older and disabled people by the end of the decade.

Sarah Davis said: “Housing organisations are working with health and social care partners to play a critical role in improving services for older and disabled people, and also in saving money for our public health services which are being stretched to the limit.

“We hope this briefing will encourage organisations across housing, health and social care to think about new projects to support older and disabled people and to show them how to make sure they are effective as possible.”

Clare Skidmore from the Housing LIN added: “As this report demonstrates, housing partners play an essential part in enabling people with care and support needs to live in their own homes, in the community, and in doing so, to shape their own lives and build connections with the people around them.

“As we await the social care green paper later this year, and coinciding with the publication of the memorandum of understanding, we are delighted to showcase the examples of creativity and collaboration which enables housing to make a real contribution to residents’ health and wellbeing.”

  • Sector showcase: housing and independent living is being launched today at Housing LIN’s annual conference at the Oval in London.

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