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100,000 homes should be built for the elderly, says the National Housing Federation


Almost eight million over-55s are living in houses that will be unsuitable for them as they age, a study has found.
The National Housing Federation has warned that more than 100,000 new homes must be built specifically for older people to meet the needs of an ageing population.
They argue that the bed-blocking crisis in the NHS will continue to worsen without greater investment in homes that are already suitable for the elderly.
Age UK found that 1.9 million bed days were lost last year because elderly people had nowhere to go on their release from hospital and so could not be discharged.
And new research carried out by YouGov found that half of homeowners would have to move from their current home if they developed mobility problems.
“Most people want to stay in their own home for as long as they can, but there comes a time when that is no longer possible.
“We need more schemes like this to make sure that older generations have a secure place to live.
“My sister and I both work, so we can’t be around 24/7 to look after our mum. Knowing that she is in a place where she can maintain her independence, but also provides access to support whenever she needs it is really important to us.”
Dorothy Worthington, 84, will be one of the first residents. Her daughter Jane Kelley, 58, said it was important that older people could still feel independent.


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