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Why older people really move

PHASE@Manchester School of Architecture RIGHTSIZING: Reframing the housing offer for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful “Despite common assumptions that most people want to downsize or enter specialist accommodation as they age, this report reveals that when it comes to choosing

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How good is older people’s housing?

University of Sheffield, with PSSRU, University of Kent. EVOLVE Tool – Evaluation of Older People’s Living Environments Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful In their words: “Evolve is a tool for evaluating the design of housing for older people. It is

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It’s a co-housing life!

Melissa Fernandez (Lancaster University), Kath Scanlon (London School of Economics) and Karen West (Aston University) for Housing LIN Viewpoint 89 Well-being and age in co-housing life: Thinking with and beyond design Publication date: January 2018 Ranking: useful In their words:

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Housing disabled people

Equality and Human Rights Commission Housing disabled people – Britain’s hidden crisis Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential   In their words: “In December 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) launched a formal inquiry on housing for disabled people.

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Accessible housing in North Somerset

North Somerset Council Accessible and adaptable housing in North Somerset. Publication date: April 2018 Ranking: essential North Somerset Council adopted a planning policy in 2016 requiring accessible and adaptable housing to be provided as a part of all new housing

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 1

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) Report In their words the report: “The Inquiry report makes a number of ‘rural proofing’ recommendations

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 2

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) InfoGraphic This infographic illustrates the key findings from the report. In their words the report: “The

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Designing for well-being in later life

DWELL research project, University of Sheffield DWELL (Designing for Well-being in Environments for Later Life) project Publication date: Ranking: useful DWELL was a multi-disciplinary design research project at the University of Sheffield. EPSRC-funded , the three year project investigated how the design

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Do housing adaptations improve later life?

Centre for Ageing Better, University of the West of England, Bristol and Building Research Establishment Publication date: November 2017 Ranking: useful The role of home adaptations in improving later life In their words: “The review aims to provide evidence to make

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Housing our ageing population

Local Government Association (LGA) Housing our ageing population – learning from councils meeting the housing need of our aging population Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The report contains a number of case studies which highlight four key themes: Having a

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Housing for older people

House of Commons, Communities and Local Government Committee Housing for older people Second Report of session 2017-19 Publication date: February 2018 Ranking: essential The report highlights the complexity in dealing with housing for a diverse group who are often described as

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Accessibility and adaptability of housing

Housing LIN  Accessibility and adaptability Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Here are resources on housing accessibility and adaptability of housing which are available from the Housing Learning Improvement Network (Housing LIN). Information is available on accessible and adaptable, new and

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Active ageing

Written by Liz Cairncross, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, Housing LIN Active Ageing and the Built Environment Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The Briefing it looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built

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Dementia-friendly housing charter

Alzheimers Society  Dementia-friendly housing charter Publication date: March 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This.. charter seeks to make the housing sector including housing organisations, corporate bodies and sector professionals aware of the challenges of living with dementia so that

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Housing and health: building the evidence base

Liz Cairncross and Jeremy Porteous, HousingLIN. Housing and health: building the evidence base Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This paper provides a review of the evidence base in relation to projects and pilot initiatives across the UK

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Number crunching retirement housing

Frank Knight Residential Research Retirement Housing: housing for an aging population Publication date: 2016 with separate October 2016 update Ranking: useful This policy paper describes key facts and figures behind the need for housing an aging population from basic information

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Comprehensive guide to retirement living

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. Sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living, supported by Housing LIN. Comprehensive guide to retirement living Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This guide reviews the changing needs and expectations of this development market,

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Building the right home

Amy Swan, Housing Lead for the Transforming Care Programme. Local Government Association, NHS England and Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Building the right home Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: Useful Guidance for commissioners of health and care services for children,

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Briefing – Accessible housing standards 2015

Habinteg Accessible housing standards 2015 – briefing Publication date: November 205 Ranking: essential Using a simple chart and symbol format this guide runs through the changes between the Lifetime Homes standards and the latest 2015 Building Regulations Approved Document M4 (2),

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Comparison of European accessible housing standards

European Federation for Living (EFL) Accessible housing in different European countries: comparison leaflet Publication date: unknown Ranking: useful This leaflet sets out the differences between standards in the UK and Finland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It lists examples of

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Accessible housing design ideas

European Federation for Living (EFL) The Housing and Design Centre of Finland EFL Design Competition 2015-2016: Jury Report and The Book of Designs Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Alongside describing the winners and commendations in the competition, this report outlines

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Loneliness, health and housing design

DEMOS and McCarthy and Stone By Claudia Wood and Jo Salter of DEMOS Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life Publication date: April 2016 Ranking: useful This report “… explores why it might be that older people

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HAPPI 2 – a plan for implementation

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency HAPPI 2 Housing our aging population: Plan for implementation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The report, Plan for Implementation, sets out key actions

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Dementia and housing assessment tool

Written by Sue Garwood, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Dementia and housing: An assessment tool for local commissioning Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This self-assessment tool is designed to help local commissioners understand the progress made to enable

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Accessible communities

Housing LIN Design Hub – Building homes and communities  Publication date: various dates Ranking: useful This is part of the website of Housing LIN where they offer guidance and examples of effective design principles and practice in mainstream and specialist

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Adapting your home

Age UK Adapting your home: Services and equipment to help you stay living at home Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This useful guide is aimed at disabled people wanting to make adaptations or improvements to their homes to make them

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Making a house a home

Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Making a house a home: Local Authorities and disabled adaptations Publication date: March 2016 Ranking: useful This report highlights some of the issues raised with the LGO when the process goes wrong, and the impact this

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Breaking point

Muscular Dystrophy UK Breaking Point: the crisis in accessible housing and adaptations Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Accessible housing and adaptations are vital in enabling disabled people and their families to have the same quality of life and independence as

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Housing standards 2015

Habinteg HA Briefing: 7 points about the new Housing Standards 2015 Publication date: October 2015 Ranking: essential This valuable briefing from Habinteg explains the policy context and implementation plan for the new Housing Standards. It will be of particular use to anyone

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Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit

Habinteg and Town and Country Planning Association Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The introduction states: “This toolkit has been assembled to help planners to plan and secure delivery of accessible homes.” The document describes: The process

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Best kept secrets

Your home’s best kept secrets Style and décor design advice is available everywhere. But here’s something you may not see a lot about. The Big Opportunity is all about the top 10 features in your house that we think you

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Boomerang generation

Housing LIN Bricks, Mortar and Policy Perspectives for Intergenerational Living (Viewpoint 74) Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The Boomerang Generation, (younger people who return to live with parents), is bringing into sharp focus the way in which our houses are designed

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Building for Life

Building for Life Partnership Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: The Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, supported by Nottingham Trent University. Building for Life 12 Publication date: revised 2012 Ranking: essential

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Small plot, big technology

Papworth Trust Small plot, big technology in accessible bungalow design Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful. The Papworth Trust have constructed two space-saving bungalows in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. They are an example of how to create accessible accommodation with a focus

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National housing standards

Dept. for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Accessible housing standards Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential A range of new standards for the construction of  residential development have been introduced. Many issues relating to the way they will be implemented and

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Superdensity

Superdensity – The sequel Written and published by HTA Design LLP, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP Architect in partnership with David Birkbeck of Design for Homes. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful Building on Living at Superdensity, this report shows through a series of essays

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Top of the ladder

DEMOS, Claudia Wood. Top of the ladder Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful “This report brings together the evidence regarding the UK’s ‘next housing crisis’ – the chronic under supply of appropriate housing for older people. While all eyes are on those struggling to

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Case study 4: Deck access, balconies and bungalows

Housing LIN Deck access, balconies and bungalows: new trends in HAPPI award winning buildings, by David Birbeck  Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in

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More Lifetime Homes

Housing LIN Case studies on accessible housing design.  Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The link here is to the Housing LIN’s case studies on accessible design, together with details of housing design standards produced by Habinteg and the Centre for

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Accessible and adaptable housing

British Standards Institute (BSI) Design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing – Code of practice BS 9266:2013 Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This publication sets detailed standards to show how its possible to design housing suitable for everyone’s needs. BS

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Housing design guidance

Housing design guidance inclusive design resource Housing LIN Publication date: various Rank: useful This website resource offers useful publications on different aspects of inclusive design that may assist in the design, development and commissioning of housing. They include research around neighbourhood

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Design Principles for Extra Care

Housing LIN Publication date: February 2008 Ranking: useful This fact sheet gives essential basic information about key design principles and issues to consider when designing and developing a brief for a new Extra Care Scheme. Case studies illustrate the variety

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Improving the design of housing to assist people with dementia

The Dementia Centre Publication date: 2013  Ranking: useful Most people with dementia live in the community, initially with the help of relatives and friends, and latterly with support from health and social work. As a result, people with dementia live

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Developing age-friendly cities: Policy challenges and options

Housing LIN Publication date: October 2012 Ranking: useful This viewpoint provides a ‘tour de force’ on the development of age-friendly cities within a global urban context. It suggests that the approaches adopted in the UK require better understanding and elaboration

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Housing Standards Review

Publication date: March 2014 Ranking: essential The Government have undertaken a review of the building regulations framework and voluntary housing standards which aimed to rationalise the large number of codes, standards, rules, regulations and guidance that the Government believe add unnecessary

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Future perfect, designer labels for an ageing society

Housing LIN Publication date: December 2013 Ranking: useful The Housing LIN has published a selection of resources that consider in detail the built environment and the physical design criteria that can meet the housing needs and lifestyle choices of older

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Putting Inclusive Design into Practice

Housing LIN Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In a society which has an ageing population and, for the first time, has more older people than younger people, there is a compelling need to do much more to improve the accessibility

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Facing the Future with Dementia: designing buildings that will be adaptable

Housing LIN Publication date: March 2013 Ranking: useful  In both the public and private sectors the impact of initiatives such as the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation1 and Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation2 reports are challenging providers

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Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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