Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

Suffolk: County looks to encourage healthier homes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 10 February 2014

Joanna Spicer.

Joanna Spicer.

A new drive to persuade older people that it might be better to move to more manageable homes is to be launched tomorrow in Suffolk.

And housing officials are also looking at ways that more appropriate housing can be used to ensure families have a more cohesive life.

The subject is to be at the heart of a meeting led by health minister and Central Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter at the county council’s Endeavour House headquarters.

He will be joined on the podium by Joanna Spicer, the councillor responsible for drawing up and implementing the county’s work with troubled families.

Mrs Spicer said that having appropriate housing was vital to ensuring that people could live independently as long as possible – but it was often difficult to persuade people when the time was right to consider a change.

And there was a shortage of appropriate housing, pressures on land meant there were few bungalows being built today.

She said: “The figures show that 77% of those aged 65 or more own their own homes, and it is not easy to persuade them to think about whether their homes are appropriate for them looking into the future.

“Some people are looking to downsize, but there needs to be appropriate homes for them to do so.”

As people got older still, their needs changed – but most still owned their own homes. 80% of those aged 80 or more are owner-occupiers.

“People looking to downsize when they are 65 are looking for something different to those who are looking to downsize at 80. There needs to be an understanding of what is needed.”

Most bungalows were built between the 1950s and 1970s – and many of them have large gardens.

These may be attractive for people at 65, but by they time they reach their 80s the garden could be difficult to manage although the single-level home might be ideal.

The meeting will also hear from representatives of housing associations, council housing officials, and planning officers.

Mrs Spicer hopes the meeting will help to lead to a “Suffolk Housing Standard” which will encourage developers and planning officials to consider the needs of an ageing population when homes are being built.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Thousands of families and eager festival-goers braved the changeable weather this weekend to enjoy top bands, food and art at Jimmy’s Festival.

Trains running to and from London Liverpool Street are being delayed, cancelled and revised as a result of a signalling issue this evening.

Suffolk New College is launching its summer programme of sports sessions for youngsters this week.

This is the story of the Neptune Inn in Fore Street, but before we learn of its history there are two diversionary tales, writes John Norman.

Top international speakers and academics gathered at the University of Suffolk last week for the Children and Childhoods Conference.

A primary school in Ipswich has failed to improve its Ofsted rating despite converting to an academy, it has been revealed.

Dementia-friendly care homes, forward-thinking mental health services and a café for people with disabilities are among those through to the final of the 2017 Suffolk Care Awards.

Imagine a music festival featuring Queen, Oasis, and The Jam in the heart of Ipswich’s Christchurch Park.

Pupils at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge saw in the holidays with a ‘festival-like’ acoustic evening.

Screen Suffolk bosses have said they are encouraged by the amount of interest shown in youngsters for a career in TV and film.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24