Responding to the 'Third Age City: Housing for older Londoners' report published by the Centre for London, Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), said:
“The Centre for London’s important report rightly identifies both the opportunities and challenges brought by the capital’s ageing population – and the urgent need to provide housing which meets older people’s needs and aspirations.
“As the report recognises, Retirement Communities have a key role to play in keeping older people independent for longer, improving health and wellbeing, and providing great options that lie in between receiving care at home and moving into a care home.
“We welcome the report’s calls for specific targets to be set for specialist housing by London boroughs, and for the creation of clear definitions and standards for different types of housing for older people at the national level.
“This will only be achieved once we bring different Government departments together and join-up policy on housing, health and social care – which is why we are proposing the creation of a Housing-with-Care Task Force to rapidly expand provision and bring benefits to hundreds of thousands more older people.”
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