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Lifetime homes

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

 The Lifetime Homes Standard is the result of careful study and research. The design Criteria forming the Standard relate to interior and exterior features of
the home.

There are a total of 16 design Criteria. Each is valuable in itself, but to achieve the Lifetime Homes Standard a dwelling must incorporate all relevant Criteria.

Wheelchair accessibility was chosen as the benchmark for a good space requirement. Good space requirements also help many other people – for example, parents with pushchairs and small children, or people carrying bags
of shopping. Good accessibility helps everyone, not just people who use wheelchairs.

See www.lifetimehomes.org.uk

Doing business in healthcare: Lifetime Homes Standards – what is required?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The Government has laid out its mandatory Lifetime Homes Standards for all public sector housing by 2011.

The Government intends that private developers will do this as well so that by 2013 all new homes will be built to the same standard.

Research done by the Housing and Older People Development Group outlines the needs of older people:

• Well designed with growing older in mind and should meet the needs of all ages.

• Space is important, with extra room for visitors or a carer.

• Low maintenance and safe housing design with downstairs bathroom, and affordable to heat.

• Access to green private space and accessibility to transport is important.

• A reliable repairs service.

• Older people want to be listened to and be involved in all stages of planning and policy.

Different homes

• Nursing homes are for people who can require 24 hour care.

• Extra care homes are for people who live independently and own or rent their homes but they have on-site support. Also known as sheltered housing from the 1960s. Housing associations
are the main clients for this market and other private operators are on the increase.

• A care village is a collection of extra care homes. It can be a gated community, which has full care facilities for people planning for old age.

• Hospices are for those whose conditions may not be curable.

• Day centres may be part of hospitals and serve a variety of purposes.

• Elderly persons’ homes may be those which are specially adapted but they don’t have to be, and may be designated due to location or other reasons.