Anticipating future accommodation needs - developing a methodology

This Case study No 31 describes an innovative approach to obtaining the views of people approaching retirement about their future housing and accommodation needs, and what they might expect / would like or be prepared to fund in terms of support. It was designed as a simple and easy to use method that could be part of a local authorities approach to developing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and, in particular, a housing strategy for older people. The work is based on using semi-structured focus groups where a number of scenarios were presented to explore preferences for, and expectations of, participants' future housing and accommodation. It is based on work funded by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) and Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme (CSED).