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Better Health from ExtraCare Housing

13th September, 2011

An independent research study shows that residents moving into The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's housing schemes and villages experience a 24% reduction in social care needs within five years. The Charity's residents also reduce their risk of falling by 18% when compared with older people living in the wider community.

Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

The year-long research, which comes from The International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and uses data from three extra-care providers, says residents are around 50% less likely to enter institutional accommodation when compared with older people living in the community who are in receipt of domiciliary care.

ILC-UK conclude that extra-care housing could play a major part in delivering better health outcomes whilst reducing the long term care costs facing older people.

Commenting on the report, Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, says:

"These findings clearly demonstrate how older people's health improves when services are flexible and focused around both their aspirations and needs.

"For over 20 years, ExtraCare has sought to provide homes which are centred around safe, sociable facilities with strong community links. We consider preventative healthcare a priority and link this to our residents' wish to maintain their mobility and independence. We also seek innovative partnerships, securing funding to provide affordable mixed-tenure homes which are available to those residents with very limited means.

"The research indicates that our holistic approach reduces NHS costs, dependency on institutional care and, most importantly, provides a better quality of life for older people and their families.

"We believe policy makers should further endorse this cost-effective housing model and increase provision within the sector."

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of ILC-UK, says: "In publishing his recent report on paying for care, Andrew Dilnot recognised the importance of extra-care housing. This new research provides further evidence that early investment in good quality housing could improve health and care outcomes and reduce costs. It is a win-win situation. We urge the Government to make specific pledges to support the development of the extra care housing as part of developing a range of housing options available to older people."

Download the Executive Summary or full report here.

Picture: Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, says: "We consider preventative healthcare a priority and link this to our residents' wish to maintain their mobility and independence."

  • Extra-care housing represents an integrated model of housing and flexible social care support that potentially holds fiscal and wider benefits for older people and the state.
  • Over the last year, ILC-UK has been undertaking a major piece of research into the benefits of extra-care housing by examining resident outcomes.
  • Using longitudinal data from three providers, Audley Retirement, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, and Retirement Security Limited, with additional funding provided from Housing Learning and Improvement Network, the ILC-UK has undertaken a major review which explores the characteristics of residents, the notion of extra-care housing as a home for life, the health outcomes of residents, and patterns of health service usage of residents.
  • The ILC-UK has also explored the costs and benefits associated with our findings. This new research also explores how the outcomes of residents in extra-care could differ from the outcomes of older people living in the community in receipt of domiciliary care.
  • The International Longevity Centre-UK is the leading think-tank on longevity and demographic change. It is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. We develop ideas, undertake research and create a forum for debate.  www.ilcuk.org.uk
  • The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables over 3,500 older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities.  The Charity operates 11 retirement villages and 18 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the Northwest.  A £200m programme to develop five villages in Birmingham is underway, for completion by 2016. www.extracare.org.uk

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