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Housing for Older People

There are growing calls for specialist housing facilities for older people which can help to meet some of their care needs.

Currently, there are only 70,000 housing with-care units. This compares to 444,000 retirement housing units and 477,000 care home beds and means that only 0.6% of the over 65s have access to housing-with-care. This is significantly lower than the 5-6% of over 65s who are living in similar retirement communities in the US.

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) has an ambitious vision for 250,000 people to live in housing-with-care communities by 2030. They believe this would provide a more coherent and effective care model that would benefit the NHS, help to relieve adult social care demand and assist in the reforms in the approach to funding.

Source: The Faculty of Actuaries and The Society of Later Life Advisers


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