Wednesday 24 October 2018

Creating a special designation category for older people's housing needs would help old and young

It makes sense to build specific elderly people's accommodation on infill sites in our cities, writes Roisin Shortall

EMPTY NESTS AND FLEDGLINGS: Different demographic groups have different housing needs. Photo: Stock Image
EMPTY NESTS AND FLEDGLINGS: Different demographic groups have different housing needs. Photo: Stock Image

Roisin Shortall

As the housing crisis continues, it appears that the Government has almost completely overlooked what is a very obvious and doable part of the solution.

Clearly, there is an urgent need for the Government to be far more pro-active to ensure the building of large-scale affordable and social housing. However, a more strategic approach that takes into account our ageing population could make a very useful contribution to tackling the general demand for housing while meeting the needs of older people.

Large numbers of houses, especially in our cities, are currently under-occupied. In more established housing developments in particular, it's common to see older couples and single people, or those who are widowed or divorced, living in three or four-bedroom family homes.

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