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Government must broaden housing options for elderly

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A new survey has revealed that nearly 90% of Brits believe the government must provide more housing options for older people.

It also revealed that 70% would consider moving to housing with care instead of a care home, but more than half believe local downsizing options are not good enough.

The survey by Later Life Ambitions and the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) included respondents of varying ages, 62% of whom were over 65.

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Providing more information to older people about their choices, making improvements to the planning system, and strengthening consumer protection and clarity were also rated as important to survey respondents.

Meanwhile, 14% said they would like to move to a retirement community.

Michael Voges, executive director of ARCO, said: “The new evidence published today demonstrates starkly the gulf between what housing and care options people want when they are older, and those currently available to them.

“A majority of older people are interested in moving should there be the right option in their local area, but the current supply of good quality housing and care is simply nowhere near enough to meet demand. 

“When 90% of people call on the Government to widen housing options for older people, including those providing care, then it is time to listen and act swiftly.”

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