2nd Panel Debate: Designing for an ageing society
This highly informative Panel Debate was chaired by Charlie Scherer, Chief Operating Office at Willmott Dixon.
Panellists included: Anne-Marie Nicholson, PRP Architects, Paul Gamble, Habinteg Housing,Association, Bruce Moore, Housing 21, Charlotte Cook, Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors, David Herring, Papworth Trust, and Mark Curran, ExtraCare Charitable Trust.
The debate addresses the following:
- What needs to be done to stimulate innovative in the sector to deliver new housing for older people? What are the panel members doing in their own organisation?
- Is the panel aware of other housing models which can effectively support people live well into older age, perhaps better use of existing stock, new technology?
- How is the design of ECH changing in the light of experience and evidence to better meet the needs of older people and concurrent conditions, disabilities or impairments? Should we have better standards, more regulation, greater consumer choice?
- With some dedicated resource available from government for specialised housing, how can we attract further inward capital investment? Are we missing a trick?
- How can housing better integrate within wider health and social care economies to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents?
- What is the future for ECH? Do members of the panel foresee a time when ECH has to reinvent itself? And finally
- What 3 things would you recommend we learn today so that we can improve tomorrow?