This International Longevity Centre (ILC) report argues that extra care housing has the potential to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people. The “What Role for Extra Care Housing in a Socially Isolated Landscape?” report, written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, identifies five elements of extra care housing which offer older people opportunities for better, more fulfilling and socially-connected living. Section headings in this report include:
- Social isolation and loneliness in the policy spotlight.
- Loneliness as a public health issue and extra care housing as a public health intervention.
- How could living in extra care housing reduce loneliness?
- Extra care housing – the magic bullet?
- Conclusions and summary.
“Extra Care housing is designed so that each resident has their own self-contained home but with communal facilities – restaurants, health centres, hobby rooms – and assisted care all on-site. The degree of independence this offers combined with the communal areas, organised activities and specialist care enables Extra Care housing to create a lively atmosphere that helps foster new relationships and support networks”.
Kneale, D. (2013). What role for Extra Care housing in a socially isolated landscape? London: International Longevity Centre (ILC), June 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].