Housing support vital in future of care

CIH is already working with the Department of Health’s Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) to produce guidance later in the year on how housing, health and social care services should plan together more closely to prevent the need for later, more costly support.

CIH Chief Executive Sarah Webb said: "We are pleased that the government is exploring options for funding the care and support system that can avoid thousands of older people being forced to sell their homes to pay for care, and it would be useful to go further in looking at equity release schemes that could help families fund part of the care burden.

"We welcome the message that the government will continue to encourage a range of housing support schemes that allow people to stay in their own homes with additional support or adaptations or move into extra care schemes or newly designed homes which can meet their needs better.

"Housing-related support services save around £3.4billion on health and care costs per year and this vital contribution must continue to be recognised and built on for the future."

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