Within the UK there is a shortage of housing and in particular, housing suitable for older people, people with disabilities and wheelchair users. Lifetime Homes and Lifetime Neighbourhoods has been on the political agenda for more than a decade. JSA are familiar with the Happi report, the work of Joseph Rowntree and Habinteg, the British Standard 9266 and the current housing consultation.
The equality legislation has little impact on the design and construction of residential properties; the implications come from planning requirements and to some degree Building Regulations. The Equality Act (EA) influences where residents are supported and any common areas, either internally, or externally.
We are an aging population and it is estimated that currently we have 10 million people over 65 years of age; this will have nearly doubled to 19 million by 2050. Furthermore, the fact that the Alzheimer’s Society believe that the number of people with dementia will increase by 40% over the next 12 years; therefore, there is likely to be an increase in demand for both sheltered housing and care homes.
JSA are experienced in all levels of housing, having been involved in Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG’s), care homes, Lifetime Homes and wheelchair housing. In addition, we have worked with both the Pocklington Trust and currently sit on the advisory board of the BESiDE Project at Dundee University.