Published: 17th Jun 2020

A group of major investors, charities and MPs have called on the government to back the building of more retirement villages and housing with extra care. According to the group, which includes the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the UK is falling behind other countries in the innovative delivery of new models of social care. It says that retirement villages or extra care housing have demonstrated during the current coronavirus crisis that they can combine the effective shielding of older people with the provision of flexible onsite care and support and a wide range of services to keep residents active and socially connected. However, only approx. 0.6% of older people live in housing with care developments in the UK, while this figure stands at 5% or more in countries such as New Zealand, the US or Australia. Prior to the pandemic, the housing-with-care sector was set to deliver 125,000 additional housing units … (To read the full article, subscribe below)