Meeting the needs of an ageing population remains a top challenge for landlords, local authorities, contractors and architects alike and is an issue that was addressed head on during The Housing Forum’s 2019 National Conference in Wembley on Thursday 9th May. Ian Williams was delighted to take part in this thought provoking and often challenging debate.
Deputy Chair and Executive Director of Ian Williams, Mike Turner presented on issues such as: how do we understand what we have in terms of accommodation as opposed to what we need? How do we interpret the needs of an ageing population, mobility and health needs? And how do we respond with health and social care services and how could this be resourced?
Housing Forum Chief Executive, Shelagh Grant commented after the event on Mike’s presentation: “This session was extremely valuable as it gave The Housing Forum a key opportunity to raise the question of a much wider issue relating to housing choices for older people, and helped to advance considerations of the specialist working group. The profile of specialist housing requirements was instructive and suggested that much more discussion is needed.”
Ian Williams has been working in the retirement living sector for many years and we have a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector housing, so we are well placed to share our expertise. The challenges are neither new, nor a surprise, but we need to act now to avoid crisis point. There may currently be more questions than answers but through intelligent discussion and a desire to get under the skin of the statistics, we can collectively provide some realistic solutions.
For more information about the work Ian Williams delivers in the Retirement Living sector visit: https://www.ianwilliams.co.uk/our-markets/retirement-living/
For more information about the work Ian Williams is doing with the Housing Forum’s Older People’s Housing Working Group: click here