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Housing and Older People

NHBC publish 'Moving insights from the over-55s. What homes do they buy?'
The over-55s are an important and growing segment of the new-build housing market and this report looks at the reasons why the over-55s move and what types of homes they buy.
Downsizing and moving in later life - new build housing or existing stock?
This research explored why older households move in later life, the size of property they moved to and why they choose either new build housing or existing stock. It considered what the house building sector can learn from their experience and what opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Evaluation of support services in Kingston Royal Eye Clinic
The Thomas Pocklington Trust undertook a pilot scheme to provide support to people attending the Royal Eye Clinic at Kingston hospital. The main purpose of this evaluation was to enable lessons to be learned from the pilot, to ensure that others can benefit from its experiences.
Managing Money Better: Evaluation
The Managing Money Better (MMB) project has been evaluated in order to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service. The project aimed to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support.
Analysing the experience of vulnerable groups with hearing loss in Cambridgeshire
The first phase of the research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire. The second phase of the research therefore concentrated on these three issues: (1) Rural isolation amongst people with hearing loss; (2) Older people in care homes; (3) Advocacy services.
Value for money assessment of Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency's housing options service
CCHPR was commissioned to undertake a simple value for money assessment of Linconshire's Home Improvement Agency's Housing Options advice service, to use in informing future funding for the service. Funding for the service has been provided by Lincolnshire County Council and FirstStop. CCHPR is conducting the evaluation of the national FirstStop information and advice service for older people.
Early support for sight loss in Essex: Evaluation
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aimed to improve referral to services for elderly people with sight loss in Essex.
Evaluation of Stourbridge lighting intervention
The Thomas Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and, specifically, on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients based on a case study of a scheme in Stourbridge.
Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients.
Dementia and sight loss: Developing social care practice in different housing settings
This project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research sought to develop best practice in social care and support for people with dementia and sight loss in a range of housing settings. The research was led by York University and CCHPR led the element of the study on the costs of care in different settings.
Housing wealth and wellbeing: understanding who uses housing equity release products and the impact they have on older people’s lives - scoping study
The UK has an ageing population, placing pressure on housing, health and social care services. Most older people own their homes outright and prefer to remain in the same home as they age, which often requires financial investment, e.g. to pay for home adaptations and care. One way to meet these costs is to release equity from the home. This can be done by moving house, but it can also be done without moving by using equity release products. However, this is a practice about which we know very little.
The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners
This project looked into the housing needs of older people in London for the Greater London Authority. It was commissioned as a ‘think piece’, looking specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a genuine choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwelling in the highest quality environments.
Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations
This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. The output compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.
Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge
This project was a collaboration between CCHPR, the Department of Geography and the Office of External Affairs and Communications at the University of Cambridge. A study was conducted on behalf of the Cambridge Older Peoples Reference Group (COPRG) to explore older people’s views of services in the Cambridge area. This formed part of an undergraduate research methods course in the Department of Geography. Students were taught research methods before being supported to conduct the research themselves. This innovative project linked academic teaching, research and the local community.
Moving insights from the over-55s - source document
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice initiative
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research evaluated the FirstStop service information and advice service for older people for six years between 2009 and 2015.
Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people
Average housing association rents and service charges for the combined categories, supported housing and housing for older people , by local authority area were collected by the Housing Corporation for the first time in 2005. This project looked in detail at these figures.
Supported housing and housing for older people
The evaluation of the changes relating to Sheltered and Supported Housing will take place from September 2005 to the end of January 2006. The first stage will be a quantitative analysis clarifying whether the changes are as expected and therefore whether what has been asked for is what has been reported. This is particularly important in relation to the time series data. In the second stage, any evidence of significant differences will the analysed through interviews with relevant HAs. Depending on the problems encountered there will be a third stage involving a series of interviews with associations where major changes in categorisation have occurred and those who have experienced little change – to assess whether the new definitions reflect real differences; how demands vary between categories of housing; and housing association attitudes to the definitions now they have been operationalized.
Is co-living a housing solution for vulnerable older people?
Many vulnerable older people face related challenges around poor housing, poverty, loneliness and lack of support, which co-living housing models have the potential to address. The Nationwide Foundation and the Nationwide Building Society have funded CCHPR to conduct research in order to understand the benefits, risks and potential for scaling up of co-living models for vulnerable older people. Our research will include analysis of the complex and sometimes ambiguous legal and financial frameworks that can apply to such households.
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