Part of elderly care debate at The House of Lords

Part of elderly care debate at The House of Lords

Mel was fortunate to attend the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People meeting yesterday at the architecturally fascinating House of Lords. The APPG has been organising an inquiry on the regeneration of outdated “sheltered housing” and the results of the investigation were shared yesterday and input was taken on board from attendees to help shape the final report.

A great opportunity to be at the heart of this discussion and help drive change, plus have time to admire the design, space and history of the Parliamentary buildings. The discussions consolidated our thoughts, views and knowledge on the care sector.

We were pleased to hear discussions around:

  • Recognition that supply is woefully lacking
  • Regeneration for refurbishment and new build is required and capital investment is needed
  • Focus on the existing and emerging technology and ensure this is part of every development
  • Increasing and enforcing design standards following the HAPPI principles
  • Rebranding of the continued terminology “sheltered”
  • “Right-sizing” to be used to encourage an earlier, appropriate move and ensure people are happy in their home environments

We are hopeful this research will help drive the change that is needed. Watch this space!

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