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Ageing at home? Meeting housing, health and social needs

Jill Stewart (Social Work and Counselling Department , Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Rachel Crockett (Centre for Positive Ageing, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Jim Gritton (Social Work and Counselling Department, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Brendon Stubbs (School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Ann Pascoe (Carer and Founder/Director of Dementia Friendly Communities CIC, Helmsdale, UK)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 15 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to consolidate the range of issues relevant to owner occupiers who age in place and to offer an initial overview of how effective partnerships can respond to and meet the changing needs of housing, health and social care of our ageing population.

Design/methodology/approach

Issues affecting older people's changing needs are considered holistically and considered in terms of how partnerships can be enhanced to develop improved services in the future.

Findings

Most owners wish to stay in their own homes for as long as possible and it can be cost-effective to do so; however, we need to look at new and innovative ways of developing and providing front-line services to enhance health and safety in the home, but also quality of life and wellbeing such as combating loneliness and isolation. However, although there are examples of evidence-based good practice, service provision is variable and there is a risk that many older home owners may miss out on services for which they may are eligible. With this in mind, it may be helpful to develop a new framework where one key practitioner holds responsibility to consolidate and coordinate the range of local services available as a package that offers a range of housing, health and social care services.

Originality/value

There are currently many policy and practice gaps in older owner occupier's housing conditions and suitability to meet their changing needs. This paper has a particular starting point in housing, and how other personal or technological services can help support independence for as long as possible and adapt to the owner-occupier's changing health and social care needs as they age in place. The authors emphasise the importance of sharing evidence-based good practice partnerships.

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Citation

Stewart, J., Crockett, R., Gritton, J., Stubbs, B. and Pascoe, A. (2014), "Ageing at home? Meeting housing, health and social needs", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 22 No. 5/6, pp. 242-252. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-04-2014-0010

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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