Housing and the Care Act 2014

A fundamental component of the Care Act is the 'suitability of accommodation' in meeting the at home care and support needs of older and vulnerable people. The Act and the accompanying regulations and guidance outline how housing can support a more integrated approach and set out local implementation requirements by April 2015. Of particular note:

  • A general duty to promote wellbeing makes reference to suitable accommodation
  • Housing not just the 'bricks and mortar', also includes housing related support or services
  • Housing must be considered as part of an assessment process that may prevent, reduce or delay an adult social care need
  • Information and advice should reflect housing options, as part of a universal service offer
  • Care and support delivered in an integrated way with cooperation with partner bodies, including housing

We are also pleased to note reference to the Housing LIN in the regulation and guidance. We have also published a range of relevant tools and examples of practice that are available on this website. We list several below.

To see the response to the consultation on draft regulations and guidance for implementation of Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 and accompanying papers, Click here (opens new window)

Following the pioneering Health & Housing Memorandum of Understanding (opens new window), this page also lists other relevant briefings on housing and the Care Act produced by signatories of the MoU (see under Links below).