APPG on Housing and Care for Older People
About the APPG
Counsel and Care provides the Secretariat for the All-Party Parlimentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People. It is an officially registered APPG, which was established in July 2009 and is funded by MHA and Hanover.
The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People is chaired by Lord Richard Best and ably supported by its officers and members. It aims to highlight the importance of the role of housing alongside social care and health. Lord Best considers that housing, health and care are the “three crucial legs on the same stool.” Current and future debates about support and services for older people make this APPG an important forum for agenda-setting and discussion about joining up housing and care. The APPG on housing and care for older people focuses on some key priorities:
Joining up housing, health and care
Encouraging control and choice
Highlighting the need for extra funding
We plan to continue the good work started in the previous Parliament, where we have had three successful meetings of the APPG throughout 2009-11. Read the 2009-10 Annual Report for information on our previous work.
For more information about the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, contact Simon Bottery, director of policy and communications at Independent Age.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care has produced a report from its Inquiry into 'Living Well at Home'. The report highlights the significant role played by the older person's own home: a suitable place to live can mean independence for far longer; it can prevent the need for residential care; it can reduce requirements for care at home; it can mean fewer accidents and hospital admissions; and it can allow people to leave hospital much earlier, with less risk of immediate readmission.
Our report looks at the obstacles to getting assistance with basic home improvements, or domiciliary help unless care needs are absolutely critical. The report makes recommendations to overcome these difficulties and we hope it will stimulate greater interest in helping older people to live well for longer in their own homes.