This is list shows the topics and resources tagged using 'Viewpoint'.
- Safe, warm, decent housing for older people - why it really mattersResource - Added on
Following the government's response to Lord Filkin's 'Ready for Ageing?' report, the national network of Older People's Housing Champions has been developing a manifesto to take to the political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election.
This Housing LIN viewpoint no 64 Tony Watts, Chairman of the South West Forum on Ageing and the SW Housing Champion, highlights their contention that a 'joined up strategy' around older people's housing would deliver benefits to the public purse and the rest of society too.
- Independent living - safe as houses?Resource - Added on
This Housing LIN Viewpoint No 63 draws attention to some of the current issues faced by both managers and front line workers when working with the Safeguarding Agenda and the Mental Capacity Act.
It also looks at some thorny issues, like the importance of the ability of staff to communicate clearly, and the omnipresent cuts in training budgets.
- Will the private extra care market take off in 2014?Resource - Added on
This Housing LIN Viewpoint No 61 looks at the prospects for the 'independent' sector rising to the housing and care challenge and making its mark this year.
People are living longer lives - but how can they have a good quality of life, well into old age? One part of the answer to that question centres on the provision of housing and care choices that are appropriate to the wishes and needs of those people as they get older.
- Getting off the ground: Bungalow living - an attractive alternative for downsizers?Resource - Added on
This Housing LIN Viewpoint No 62 looks at the viability of a revival of the bungalow as a desirable, affordable option which could attract older people to downsize from a family house.
There is little choice for older people who want to make their last house move into a dwelling that is future proof.
- Commissioning Sustainable Care & Support Services: A call for actionResource - Added on
In an opinion piece for Inside Housing last year, Brendan Sarsfield, CEO of Family Mosaic, called for reform of the way care and support services are commissioned.
He highlighted that the 'Wacky Races' approach to winning new contracts drives down wages, destabilises services, crushes innovation and draws limited resources away from the real work with service users.
- Senior momentum: What have the planners ever done for us?Resource - Added on
This Housing LIN viewpoint no 59 has been written to identify some of the ways in which themes being discussed and implemented through the planning system could hinder or help in the supply of suitable and sufficient housing for the elderly.
Housing suitable for the elderly is wrapped up in the housing system seen as a whole.
- How can local planning authorities engage better with the housing needs of an ageing society?Resource - Added on
Housing LIN viewpoint no 58 sets out how local authority planners can work within the reformed planning system to improve the amount and types of housing for older people.
The potential gains of meeting the increasing demand for housing for older people are significant: good health for longer, lower costs to the public purse, more cohesive communities and a better functioning housing market, to name a few.
- Adapting to the Challenges of an Ageing Population for Social HousingResource - Added on
Drawing on research by Heriot-Watt University, commissioned by the DCLG, Housing LIN Viewpoint no 57 makes that case for improving access to information on local accessible and adaptable accommodation to enhance the housing choices of older and disabled people.
With the scarcity of accessible and adaptable housing and increasing pressures on capital budgets for aids and adaptation, it suggests that having a local Accessible Housing Register in place not only improves the allocation of suitable housing to those who need it but also can ensure more efficient use of stock by reducing the cost of adaptations in the first year after a move.
- A changing housing market for providersResource - Added on
Packed with highly informative data and analysis, this Housing LIN Viewpoint no 56 shows that the market for housing providers is going through a traumatic time.
It argues that major changes are needed in attitudes to ageing, employment and savings amongst other things.
- Under one roof? Housing and public health in EnglandResource - Added on
Housing LIN Viewpoint no 55 - What is the case for housing as keystone of local public health strategies across England in next year? Following its move into local government, what is the state of play in linking the two sectors, and how can we strengthen such partnerships to improve health and wellbeing? With an increasing focus on integration, this viewpoint sets out to develop a rapid initial assessment of these questions, and highlights important issues facing housing and public health to stimulate further debate, drawing on the thoughts of leading commentators from both public health and housing sectors in order to shape healthy homes and communities.