Hanover Housing Association is calling for half a million new homes – and argues that building specialist homes for older people can bring wider benefits for everyone.
Hanover is making the statement in support of a call by the Local Government Association (LGA) earlier this week for 500,000 new homes, and for the next government to deliver in its first 100 days, a comprehensive set of measures to support housing delivery. Councillor David Sparks set out the blueprint at the LGA’s Annual Conference, in his first speech as the new Chair of the Association.
Hanover (which this week was named as the best provider of assisted living in the nation’s 50+ awards), supports the call for more housing. More specifically, however, Hanover believes that addressing the need for good quality housing for older people can help to free up larger family homes onto the market.
As Dame Clare Tickell, Hanover’s Chief Executive, explained:
‘Older people can be encouraged to downsize, or move to a more suitable home, but only if they are offered attractive housing options which will improve their quality of life. Appropriate, well-designed housing – with the right services in support – can in turn potentially improve their well-being, bringing better health and social care outcomes in later years – which brings further benefits for everyone in terms of the cost of care.’
Hanover Housing Association is a leading national provider of housing and services for older people wishing to live independent, active and fulfilling lives. The organisation manages around 19,000 properties for rent, sale and shared ownership in approximately 600 locations. This includes nearly 2,500 Extra Care properties where residents can access 24-hour care on-site. More recently Hanover has turned its attention to developing 1,250 downsizer homes to help meet the changing needs and aspirations of the new generation of ‘younger old’ and releasing larger family properties for the wider market.