London Commuter Belt (East) Sub Region Older People's Housing Requirements
The UK faces a significant challenge as people live longer and this is increasingly recognised. 'Living Well At Home - 2011' (All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care For Older People) identified the challenge posed by the UK's ageing population; the older population will grow from 10.1m to 16.7m by 2036 for the over 65s, and from 1.3m to 3.3m by 2033 for the over 85s. Already over half of NHS spending is on people over 65.
Both Health and Adult Social Care services are currently undergoing significant reform. The Health & Social Care Act 2012 initiated Health reforms which came into effect in April 2012 with the establishment of Adult Health and Well Being Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups. A draft Care and Support Bill 2013, covering Adult Social Care, is currently progressing through Parliament. Reforms are underpinned by a principle of sustaining older people at home for as long as possible, thereby avoiding expensive hospital and care home services, while ensuring co-operation, fairness and high quality in those services which support older people at home.